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“A Surprise Value - Highly Recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola
Mountain Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3, Canada
+1 (403) 762 6700
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Banff City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird's eye view of six mountain ranges. Witness breathtaking views in every direction from one of several observation decks. Discover a 1 km interpretive boardwalk to a national historic site. This exhilarating activity is open year-round and a definite 'must-do' on your trip to the Canadian Rockies.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
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“A Surprise Value - Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

As skiers, the idea of taking the gondola up Sulpher Mountain was not on our agenda, as it did not seem unique. We were wrong. Talked into it by a package deal where $54 got us a ride up and down AND an Alberta Beef dinner at the Panorama Restaurant at the top, we took the ride up our last evening in town. On the edge of total wilderness, the view from the gondola was unmatched in our experience which includes places like Jackson Hole. There are places where the gondola rises nearly vertically. I couldn't look down. At the top, a fabulously engineered boardwalk a good half-mile long takes you up to the old weather station. You have 360' views of the Canadian Rockies from up there, and with snow and sunshine, it was magnificent. The Panorama Restaurant was surprisingly plush, the food was immaginative and delicious and the service was planned to make the diner feel welcome and pampered :-).

Visited February 2013
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Snellville, GA
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“Quick trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

I had about 4 free hours on a business trip to Calgary and drove to Banff The scenery there is stunning. It was a bit chilly at the top, so I only stayed about 45 minutes. I will definitely try it again when it is warmer.

Visited January 2013
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Vernon, Canada
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“My second favorite Gondola in the Rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is my second favorite Gondola in the rockies, I think the one at Lake Louise has more to see, but this is still spectacular. I've been up several times now and enjoy it every time. Try to go on a sunny day, and take some warm clothes as sometimes it is a little cold up there.
When you get to the top, you can climb some stairs to the absolute summit of the mountain, where a weather observation station is. From here you have a complete 360 degree view of the Bow Valley. It is spectacular.

Visited August 2012
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“Well worth the price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for spectacular scenery shots then this is a just. We went up on a cloudy morning but it cleared in time to walk to the top of the lookout points on sky view. The ride up was smooth and cosy the staff friendly and competent, snow coverage was deep and beautiful, the wooden path to the top was covered in a fine layer of snow, but soft and powdery making it an easy 10 to 15 walk along the wooden path, absolutely a must to stop at the various points to take shots and capture or try to capture the scenery. You do not need to be young and fit just go slow and steady and it is easy. We did not eat at the cafe as we decided to head back down and buy souvenirs etc for the lower site. Overall a must to do in winter.

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Killarney, Ireland
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“Breathtaking views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

After the 8 minute gondola trip up we arrived to the top to amazing views. It was a clear day and the views were just breathtaking.
There is a wooden walkway to the other side of the mountain it's a fair walk but it's definatley worth it.

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