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Combo Package; experience the picture perfect viewpoints of Banff before soaring up to a mountain summit for 360 degree views. 

Included: Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour

This morning tour is the perfect introduction to Banff and includes some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, and Lake Minnewanka. It’s a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning, and we can even drop you off at the Banff Gondola after the tour! Please note that you would need to make your own way back after the Banff Gondola.

Included: Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Sit back and relax in a four passenger, modern glass enclosed gondola as you soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) above sea level. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck.

Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.

PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)

The best parts of the Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour for most people include the following:

1

Bow Falls

Water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight.
2

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The Castle of the Rockies is the railway’s contribution to the building of Canada.
3

Surprise Corner

A higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Banff Springs Hotel.
4

Hoodoos Lookout and Bow Valley viewpoint

What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land.
5

Lake Minnewanka

See the largest lake in Banff National Park.
6

Bankhead

An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff’s industrial past.

The best parts of the Banff Sightseeing Gondola for most people include the following:

1

Ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain

Take an eight-minute journey in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin over the treetops up to a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at 2,281 metres (7,486 feet).
2

Mountain top dining and facilities

The state-of-the-art summit facility has restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.
PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
The tour begins at 8:30am and returns around 11:30am, approximately three hours in total.
The half-day tour includes transportation from most hotels in Banff on a guided bus tour to see some of the local highlights such as the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The tour includes several stops, including a refreshment break with maple cookies and fresh water, and hands on interpretive tools.
We pick up from most hotels in Banff, and you can select your preferred pick-up location during the booking process. For drop offs, our guide will ask you on the way back where you would like to be dropped off either in town, at your hotel or at the Banff Gondola if your selected gondola time will coincide with the end of the tour (please note that you will need to make your own way back after the gondola, either by the free summer shuttle, local Roam transit, or a taxi).
Only half your time is spent on the bus, and at every stop you will have the opportunity to get off the bus and stretch your legs. All of the viewpoints are a short walk.
There is a chance of seeing wildlife on the tour and we often spot animals, however we do not guarantee seeing wildlife on any of our tours. Our guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
The Gondola Station is located at the end of Mountain Avenue in Banff, about a five minute drive from downtown. Detailed driving directions will be included with your booking confirmation.

Alternatively a free shuttle bus runs in the summer from downtown Banff, or guests can catch the Roam Transit bus or a taxi.

Plan on arriving 20 minutes prior to your departure time, and please ensure you are in line 10 minutes prior to your departure.
The gondola ride is approximately eight minutes each way. The suggested total visit time is 1.5 – 2 hours.
Step out into a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at an elevation of 2,281 metres (7,486 feet) and stroll along the ridgetop boardwalk where the views get better with every step. Then warm up in the newly transformed, state-of-the-art summit facility with new restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck.

Several scenic hiking trails lead away from the summit complex. One of the most popular is the self-guided interpretive Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak on which you can follow in the footsteps of Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of the mountain about every week for 30 years to check the weather.

The modern, fully-enclosed gondola cabins each comfortably fit four adults. A young child or baby may be possible to make five.
You may encounter some of the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, golden mantled ground squirrels, hoary marmots, Clark’s nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay.
The last ride up the gondola is one hour prior to close, and last ride down is 30 minutes prior to close. Operating hours vary throughout the year.
Gondola tickets are non refundable after purchase. If you would like to change your upload time once purchased, please phone the number on your ticket.
PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • Please note that the Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour requires a minimum of 4 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee your timeslot for the Banff Gondola. Please show the bar-code voucher for entry, for the specified time reserved.
PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Professional certified guide
  • Hands on interpretive tools
  • Small group size (up to 24 guests per guide)
Banff Gondola View in the Summer
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife view from Surprise Corner
Discover Banff and Its Wildlife Photos at Two Jack Lake
Sightseeing at Bow Falls with Discover Banff Tours
Discover Banff Tours Sightseeing Coach Bus
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Banff Sightseeing Gondola
Dining at Sky Bistro at the Banff Gondola
Banff Sightseeing Gondola