Gondolas in Banff National Park

For an unforgettable view of the Rocky Mountains without the strenuous hike up to the top, Gondolas are a great choice for families, groups and couples!

Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff on the Banff Sightseeing Gondola or feel the thrill of an open-air chairlift at Mt Norquay on the Banff Sightseeing Chairlift – both just 5 minutes from downtown Banff!

See views of the popular Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier from a gondola or chairlift at Lake Louise or ride the Gondola and chairlift at Sunshine Meadows on the highest lift-accessed sightseeing elevation in Banff National Park.

Banff Gondola

Banff Sightseeing Gondola

Soar to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern gondola cabin for breathtaking 360 degree views, 5 minutes from downtown Banff. Sit back and relax in a 4 passenger, glass enclosed gondola. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2281m (7486ft) above sea level.  You will feel like you're on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck, where the optional Banff Skywalk (an 1km self-guided interpretive walkway) leads you to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sanson's Peak Meteorological Station. Other services at the Banff Gondola include two gift shops, two restaurants, a Starbucks coffee shop, one snack bar, interpretive hiking trails and an interactive giant compass.
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Banff Chairlift

Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Take an 8 minute chairlift ride up to 7,000 feet with breathtaking views of Mt Rundle at Banff Mt Norquay and experience Banff like never before. It's more than just a chairlift ride, this scenic ride into the sky takes you up to 7,000 feet over a natural grizzly and black bear habitat. Enjoy spectacular views looking down into the Town of Banff and across Spray and Bow Valleys with the stunning jagged edges of Mt Rundle as a feature for all your photos. At the top relax over a snack or meal, craft brews or a glass of wine at the Cliffhouse Bistro while dining at 7,000 feet, keep your eyes out for bighorn sheep and ground squirrels and take a walk along the interpretive walkway. Located just a 5 minute drive from downtown Banff!
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Jun-Sep
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Hiking Sunshine Meadows

Sunshine Meadows

Ride the gondola and chairlift up to 7,875 feet for 360 degree views - the highest lift-accessed sightseeing elevation in Banff National Park! Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) and the scenic Alpine Shuttle take you from the mountain base up to the Village at 2,164m (7,100 feet). From here, ride the Standish quad chairlift to over 2,400 m (7,875 ft) to experience 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountains that surround you. This is the highest gondola / chairlift access sightseeing elevation in the Banff and Lake Louise area! At the top, catch even more breathtaking scenery from the Standish viewpoint platform and take in the view of the three high-alpine lakes; Larynx, Grizzly and Rock Isle. Sunhine Meadows has some of the best walking and hiking trails in the Rockies! Be sure to grab lunch and a cold beverage
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Jun-Sep
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Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Located at Lake Louise Ski Resort with views to Victoria Glacier, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing opportunities, Lake Louise will capture your heart. Cruise for 14 glorious minutes, in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola, to one of Banff National Park's greatest views! From the top at 2,088m (6850ft), the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will – there are ambitious hikes to the summit of Mt. Whitehorn for the hardy, or equally lovely short, leisurely strolls for those with more modest exercise goals. Whatever your fitness level, Lake Louise will quickly capture your heart, so be sure to bring your camera to save your own special memories of soaring peaks, stunning glaciers, lush carpets of alpine wildflowers fed by clear bubbling springs, and-often-delightful glimpses of wildlife surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of summer. Other services
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May-Oct
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