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Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola
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Ranked #6 of 33 things to do in Lake Louise
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Owner description: Ascend to one of Banff National Park’s most incredible views where grizzly bears and other local wildlife are seen almost daily! From the top at 2088m (6850ft) the gondola ride is only the start of your adventure. Make your way to the viewing platform for a panoramic view that will take your breath away. Afterwards visit our free Wildlife Interpretive Centre where Interpretive Programs are offered daily, including indoor presentations. A variety of guided interpretive walks are also available daily for all fitness levels. Hungry, no problem! There are five unique restaurants located on-site that are sure to please! Dine on one of our famous patios or indoors. The choice is yours. Free parking is never an issue. We have plenty of free parking for your car or RV conveniently located just outside of the
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

Went here for my cousins wedding in the summertime. So beautiful. We rode up the gondola to the top and walked around, got amazing views of the mountains and the scenery. Deifnitely recommend coming here when there is no snow on the ground, I think I enjoyed it more than previous times when it was winter. BEAUTIFUL!

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"well worth the money"
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We took the site seeing gondola on the advice of a friend saying you see a lot of wildlife but call it our luck we saw nothing !! It is definitely worth a ride if you see some wildlife otherwise you will feel that you wasted your money . The scenery is nice but it is so anywhere in banff. My advise if you have to do it , please do it before afternoon and not too close to dusk.

1  Thank Starbucksnhighheels
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

While staying in Banff and visiting Lake Louise, we checked out the Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola on the advice of a friend. We are so glad we did! What a fantastic experience! The view from the top and on the way down was incredible. And we saw a grizzly bear below us on the way down.

You have a choice of a typical long ski lift chair (open with a bar in front of you) or an enclosed gondola. Both seat four people. We were only two people, and they let us go just the two of us (rather than sit us with two strangers). We saw people going in 1's, 2's, 3's and 4's. We took the ski lift chair. It was so quiet and peaceful both going up and coming down.

At the top, you can get out and walk around. There's a viewing platform off in the distance where you can take in the scenery and take photos. I took some fantastic video at the top as well as on our way down.

The lodge has a restaurant and snack bar and nice clean washrooms. Parking is free. I would highly recommend this attraction!

4  Thank BahiaDelray
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Pleasant ride up the mountain in a choice of a small enclosed gondola or an open seat. Fairly good views on the way up - would have been better if the local bears had been in attendance.

Great views from the top, especially on the clear sunny day we had. Walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty available but you don't have to go too far to get some excellent photo opportunities.

No queues at all on the day we were there though I imagine it could get quite busy.

The ride and dine option is quite good value. The food is not brilliant but satisfies a need and is cheap. Try to avoid the tour buses as the buffet soon empties of food and the queues become quite long.

Compared with other similar rides this was good value and the views were unbeatable. You could easily spend all day on the mountain if you wanted to take in some of the longer hiking trails but we found that about 3 hours was OK, giving plenty of time to explore the rest of the Lake Louise area.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

We visited on a very nice day, hoping to ride the gondola up to the top and do some hiking. We rode the "open" lift, which is the chair lift for winter skiing, but there was also an option to have a closed-in gondola. The ride up was fun, but unfortunately the trails were closed due to high grizzly bear activity. There was a bit of a hilly walk to an interpretation centre with a fabulous view of the mountains and Lake Louise. We spoke with a park ranger who was very friendly and who had some interesting tales to tell about the grizzlies. Wonderful views on the way back down, and then we had a hearty lunch which cost about $5 each included into our ticket. The food was plain but good, and we sat on the deck and enjoyed the late summer air and mountains while we ate. Very worthwhile experience.

3  Thank Kat M
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