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Gondola Views picture in Banff
Banff Gondola picture in Banff
Banff Gondola picture in Banff

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Price & Hours

  • CA$62 (about $49) for adults 16 and older; CA$31 (approximately $25) for children 6-15 ; free for kids 5 and younger
  • 8 or 9 a.m.-8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 p.m. daily

Details

  • Hiking, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5
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    3.5
  • Facilities
    5.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

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The Banff Gondola is a relaxing way to experience the town's natural beauty. The eight-minute ride to the summit of 7,500-foot Sulphur Mountain leads to breathtaking views of the Bow River Valley and Banff, not to mention a boardwalk, a handful of eateries, a gift shop, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theater and a 360-degree rooftop observation deck.

Recent visitors gushed about the views seen from the top of the mountain. And though they do bemoan the high ticket prices, they said it's worth the cost. One tip from travelers: wear layers. The temperatures at the base of the mountain can change drastically from the summit.

The Banff Gondola shuttles visitors up the mountain every day, although hours of operation fluctuate depending on the season. Generally, the gondola welcomes visitors from 8 or 9 a.m. to 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30 p.m. You'll find the gondola a little more than 2 miles south of the center of Banff Town. Admission is a bit steep: CA$62 (about $49) for adults ages 16 and older and CA$31 (approximately $25) for children between the ages of 6 and 15 (although kids ride free before noon). Kids 5 and younger always ride for free. If you purchase advance tickets, you can also save 10 percent on the admission price. You can also shave about half off your admission ticket by hiking up the mountain and taking the gondola down. Keep in mind: The gondola can get busy during the summer season; plan your visit before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. to avoid long lines. For more information, visit the Banff Gondola website.

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#1 Sunshine Village Located miles 11 miles west of Banff Town, Sunshine Village offers 12 lifts, more than 3,300 skiable acres and a peak elevation of 7,200 feet. And thanks to its ... Read more » Steven Olmstead Photography / Getty Images

#2 Banff Gondola The Banff Gondola is a relaxing way to experience the town's natural beauty. The eight-minute ride to the summit of 7,500-foot Sulphur Mountain leads to breathtaking views of ... Read more » YinYang / Getty Images

#3 Moraine Lake Located about an hour's drive north of town, Moraine Lake is the visual highlight of any Banff trip and labeled a must-see bucket list item by many recent visitors ... Read more » Philipp Hilpert / Getty Images

#4 Lake Louise Ski Resort The Lake Louise Ski Area is one of Banff's most popular ski locales and one of the largest ski areas in North America. It encompasses three mountains, 145 runs  ... Read more » Karl Weatherly / Getty Images

#5 Mount Norquay Although it is the smallest of Banff's three ski areas, Mount Norquay is also the closest – it's about 5 miles northwest of Banff Town. Beyond its convenient location ... Read more » Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

#6 Whitewater Rafting & Float Trips When you're not admiring Banff's stunning scenery from a hiking trail or in the comfort of your car, get out on one of its rivers. Whether you're ... Read more » Chasing Light Photography Thomas Vela / Getty Images

#7 Hiking Though Banff is perhaps best known for its stellar slopes (it's considered one of the world's best ski destinations), its hiking trails are just as impressive – and free to ... Read more » Marko Stavric Photography / Getty Images

#8 Columbia Icefield Covering 130 square miles on the southern edge of Banff National Park, the Columbia Icefield is the largest body of ice in the Canadian Rockies. It's a bit of a ... Read more » Nick Ocean Photography / Getty Images

#9 Banff Upper Hot Springs These springs, which were first discovered by Canada's First Nations people prior to the 1880s, were regarded as sacred waters that could cure illness and maintain health. Now, the ... Read more » sheyneg / Flickr

#10 Cave and Basin National Historic Site This is a popular attraction among nature lovers and history buffs alike. Experts refer to this site as the birthplace of Banff National Park and the natural hot springs have ... Read more » Jairo Leiva / Getty Images

#11 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Located just a block back from Banff Avenue on Bear Street, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the only museum of its kind. Named after its patrons, Peter ... Read more » Allan Harris / Flickr

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