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“A great experience.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola

Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola
Hwy. 1 | Lake Louise exit, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
403-522-3555
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Ranked #8 of 17 things to do in Lake Louise
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Cruise for fourteen glorious minutes, in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola, to one of the world's great views! From the top, at 2088m (6850ft).The end of the lift and gondola ride is only the start of the adventure. At the top of the lift and gondola Interpretive Programs are available daily, including indoor presentations and themed guided walks.Stop by and enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch, or dinner prepared fresh, and served daily in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks!
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Calgary, Canada
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“A great experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Unlike the Banff Gondola, here you have the option of taking a ski lift chair or enclosed gondola up the mountain. The ride is up is OK, its over the ski slops so not as pretty as the Banff Gondola up Sulfur Mountain. Once to the top there is a walk down the hill (back up later) to the interpretive centre - which we really enjoyed. Great information about the local wild life with rangers available to answer your questions. They also offer presentations, although we did not hang around for it to begin. Again, costly but worth once - we won't go back unless we go skiing.

Visited May 2013
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi Joe,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the sightseeing gondola.

We like to tell visitors that to get the most value out of their visit they can upgrade their gondola ticket to include the buffet. This way they can include a Breakfast or Lunch for $2.20 or $6.50.

See you in the winter!
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“No bears, but great views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We didn't realize there was such a slim chance of seeing a grizzly this early in the season so high up. We were told later that in May you are more likely to see one in the valley. Which we did see along 1A a few days later. The wildlife center at the top was very informative.

Visited May 2013
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi smileyeye,

Thank you for posting your review.

The area under the sightseeing gondola is a wildlife corridor which wild Grizzlies frequent all through summer. It's true that we tend to see more from June to August.

Luckily the views and interpretive center are always there.
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Vernon, Canada
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“Best Gondola views in the Rockies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is in my opinion is the best view from a Gondola in the rockies. You get to see Lake Louise, "the Jewel of the Rockies" from across the valley. There is just nothing that compares to it. The Banff Gondola is nice too, but nowhere near the same scenery. I would recommend this gondola to anyone and there is a pretty good chance of seeing a Grizzly on the ride up as it is prime grizzly feeding area in the summer. Don't worry though, there is an electric fence around the resort.

Visited August 2012
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi Darren,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Sightseeing Gondola. Maybe you can come back in winter for some skiing and to check out the winter landscape.
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Highly recommend this activity at sunset on a sunny, winter day. The beauty of the Rockies and the color changes on the sommets of the mountains was stunning. Very romantic and amazing experience and with the trail on the top, you can really milk the scenery for all its worth :)

Visited January 2013
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi KE

Thank you for your review.

What a fantastic suggestion! Sunset mid winter is a fantastic time to take in the view. As long as you dress warm.
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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“all about timing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

You have to time this right for the mountain to not be packed with skiers and snowboarders. Great views but just really obstructed and a long wait in line. Although we were there for some of the busiest days of the year.

Visited December 2012
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Hi,

Thank you for your review. That is correct, just after Christmas is our busiest time. However, even if you decided to come during this time it would mean a few minutes lined up with skiers/snowboarders.

Hopefully you can come out during summer and see the mountain when it is green and covered with Grizzlies.
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