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Combo Package; cuddle up on a sleigh ride and then experience the new ‘Nightrise’ event after dark at the Banff Gondola.

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Included: Sleigh Ride (various times available)

All guests will need to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, and wear face masks while indoors. All bookings require a minimum of two paid guests, and will sit in their own row.

Ride through Banff’s mountain meadows, western style! Afterwards warmup by the fireside where you can enjoy a warm drink back at the stables (weather and snow conditions permitting). The sleigh rides take approximately 40 minutes including time by the campfire.

Included: Nightrise at the Banff Gondola (various evening times available)

Face masks are mandatory and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours is required.

Experience Banff’s number one attraction as you soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff in a four passenger, modern glass enclosed gondola. 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. This state-of-the-art summit facility has restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree observation deck.

See the Banff Gondola’s new experience Nightrise, as the summit transforms into an immersive evening for the senses. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the summit to life in a new and unexpected way. When the sun goes down, step inside the gondola, leaving behind the light of day for the radiance of night. At the top, you’ll get the chance to explore the many levels of the summit building, as well as the outdoor terraces, discovering mysterious fleeting wonders that only emerge after dark.

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

The best parts of the Sleigh Ride for most people include the following:

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Sleigh ride through the mountain meadows

Enjoy spectacular views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
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Hot drinks by the fire

Warm up by the fire after the ride with a hot drink back at the stables.

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

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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).
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Nightrise Experience

At Nightrise, the summit transforms into an immersive evening for the senses. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the summit to life in a new and unexpected way.
The tour runs for approximately 40 minutes, with optional time by the campfire after the ride.
The sleigh ride travels through Banff’s mountain meadows as you look for wildlife with your sleigh driver. Then, enjoy a fireside warmup stop after the ride where you can enjoy a hot drink back at the stables (weather permitting). Blankets and s’mores kits are not included, but can be purchased.
Please meet at Warner Stables, the big red stables located at the end of Sundance Road in Banff. When you arrive, please follow the sleigh ride signs to check in for your ride at the office in the west barn. The stables are located approximately a five minute drive or a 20 minute walk from downtown Banff, and there is plenty of free parking at the site.

Please see the below map for the location of Warner Stables:

Horseback Riding Map of the Stables in Banff, Canadian Rockies

We recommend that you get to the Warner Stables 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.
The sleigh is “open top” so we recommend that everyone dresses warm with multiple layers, mitts, hats, a thick winter jacket and boots. Blankets will be available to purchase, or you may like to bring your own blanket for the ride.
The sleigh is a traditional wood construction style, with wooden bench seats. You do not sit on hay.
Typically there are two horses pulling the sleigh. The horses are a variety of heavy horse breeds, including Percheron horses. There are two different sleigh sizes, a 9 seater and 16 seater. The sleigh may or may not be full on your tour.
Unfortunately you cannot feed the horses but you certainly can pet them if you wish. They love a good scratch on the cheek. You cannot ride the horses as part of this tour but we do offer horse-riding tours in the summer.
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 24 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 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, guests can catch the Roam Transit bus or the free winter shuttle bus to the gondola on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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.

At Nightrise, the summit transforms into an immersive evening for the senses. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the summit to life in a new and unexpected way. This unique winter gathering merges immersive multimedia and nature for a new and inspiring take on a familiar location. Complementing the existing offer of food and drinks, Nightrise is an unforgettable evening of entertainment with friends and family.
The modern, fully-enclosed gondola cabins each comfortably fit four adults. A young child or baby may be possible to make five.
During the evenings, it’s particularly important to dress in proper winter attire. The gondola cabins are not heated, and it can get cold and windy at the top. For your safety, a winter jacket, warm socks and winter footwear are required.
Nightrise does feature moving and coloured lights that could trigger seizures in individuals with photosensitive epilepsy. It also includes fog/smoke machines.
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.
Gondola tickets have a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours prior.
  • Activities in this package can be taken on the same day or on different days.
  • There are no age restrictions for the sleigh ride and children under 3 are free. However children under 3 are not guaranteed a seat (they may have to sit on your lap).
  • All minors under 18 years old participating in a horse activity must have a parent or legal guardian on the ride with them.
  • All adults must sign a waiver prior to the sleigh ride. A waiver must also be completed by the parent or legal guardian of any child under the age of 18 (documentation may be required to confirm the signatory’s authority).
  • Sleigh rides are weather dependent, and may not operate in certain conditions.
  • Please be aware that Nightrise features moving and coloured lights that could trigger seizures in individuals with photosensitive epilepsy. It also includes fog/smoke machines.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee your time slot for the Banff Gondola. Please show the bar-code voucher for entry, for the specified time reserved.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
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