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Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola: Our most recommended tours and activities

Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretive Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Included in your ticket is the “Above Banff Theatre” where you soar above mountain peaks and through the Bow Valley on a cinematic journey that spans generations. Along the way you will encounter daring climbers, high-flying skiers and stunning shots of mountain wildlife. Several scenic hiking trails lead away from the summit complex. One of the most popular is the self-guided interpretive Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to Sanson's Peak and the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. For a drink or snack at the top, visit the Castle Mountain Coffee Co.. If you are looking for a full meal, make a reservation at either the Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen buffet-style restaurant or the Sky Bistro, serving elevated Canadian Cuisine. After the sun sets in the winter months (mid-November to the end of March) experience Nightrise - honoring the magic of these sacred mountains. Explore four immersive stations of light, sound and projections spread throughout the summit building - Cosmic Rays, Diamond Dust, Alpenglow and Frosted Waves.

From Banff: Banff National Park Guided Day Tour

2. From Banff: Banff National Park Guided Day Tour

Explore Banff National Park on a guided day tour and discover some of the most spectacular viewpoints and scenic vistas. Discover some of the most popular areas of the park as well as a variety of lesser-known viewpoints and natural landmarks with the expertise of your guide. Meet in central Banff and set off on a full day of exploration in Banff National Park. Visit Johnston Canyon and discover a popular hiking trail that follows the canyon and leads to a meadow within the Johnston Valley above. Admire the Ink Pots, which are six blue-green spring-fed pools. Then, head to Vermilion Lakes, located immediately west of Banff in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Bow River valley at the foot of Mount Norquay. Keep an eye out for native wildlife and take in the breathtaking scenery. Head to the Cascades of Time Garden which spreads out behind Banff National Park's historic administration building at 101 Mountain Ave. Discover a geological sequence of cascading ponds and water courses provide the garden’s namesake and is highlighted with flowers, shrubs, rustic bridges, pavilions and flagged walks. You will also take some time to explore the beautiful town of Banff which is well known as the heart of Banff National Park. You can also take the Sulphur Gondola and discover sweeping scenes of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, and the town from the Sulphur Mountain summit. Stop at Bow Falls which rumble about 30 feet over a low-gradient pitch of channeled bedrock, providing a short turbulent interrupt of the cerulean waters of the Bow River. Visit Surprise Corner which is named for its spectacular views when viewed from Buffalo Street, an excellent place for photos. At the end of your tour, return to Banff with drop-off in the center of town. Note: The guardians are required to provide the car seats or boosters if you have any infants or young kids based on the transportation regulation and this tour won't provide any car seats or boosters.

Banff: Private Banff National Park Tour with Hotel Transfers

3. Banff: Private Banff National Park Tour with Hotel Transfers

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Banff hotel locations. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Banff: Sulphur Mountain Guided Hike

4. Banff: Sulphur Mountain Guided Hike

Explore the subalpine and alpine terrain of Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance range of Banff. The long and esthetic ridge hike starts from the Banff gondola and transitions from tree line to alpine hiking terrain, you will trek through subalpine forests, limestone slabs and high mountain scree slopes, with views to the West of the Sundance range and the high peaks of Lake Louise and the Assiniboine area. Go with an AAA ACMG Guide to maximize your experience. You will meet the guides at the base of the Banff Gondola for 8:15am then head up the gondola to begin the hike at the top. Great for Beginner, Intermediate hikers and family friendly (Ages 12+). Please note this hike does cover various terrain, some exposed, scrambling may be involved at sections. Not recommended for people with a fear of heights. A detailed course package will be emailed 3 days prior to course commencement. *This group booking needs at least 4 bookings to move forward. We cannot guarantee the tour until this number is reached. Please inquire with the AAA team via email to verify. **Scheduled hikes on the website but custom dates can be arranged. ***If you have an exceptional experience & would like to leave a tip for your guide, 10-15% is a customary amount. You can pay with cash or contact the AAA office directly to arrange.

From Calgary: Banff National Park Highlights Day Trip

5. From Calgary: Banff National Park Highlights Day Trip

Discover the highlights of Banff National Park on a guided day trip from Calgary. Admire the picturesque locations of Suprise Corner, Bow Falls, Sulphur Mountain, and the charming town of Banff, with a variety of optional activities available to purchase on the day. Depart from Calgary, and first head to Surprise Corner, named after its spectacular views of the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that is cozily nestled at the heart of a dense forest with the imposing Sulphur Mountain as a backdrop. Travel next to a must-see scenic spot at Bow Falls, where you can hear the roaring waters cascade across a wide portion of the Bow River. Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. See the 3-minute “Above Banff” experience that allows you to explore Banff through an eagle-eye perspective with stunning sound effects, advanced visual film processing technology, and 3D effects. Take a break to purchase some lunch before heading to the town of Banff. Take some free time to explore the town, embark on a Winter Sleigh Ride (Currently not accepting bookings for the sleigh due to inadequate snow coverage) , or relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Finally, relax on the return journey back to Calgary.

From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

6. From Calgary: Private Banff National Park Day Trip

Visit Canada's first national park and take in the scenic views around Banff Town, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake. A free time to explore around Banff Town, Bow falls, Secret Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, Lake Minnewanka, and Two Jack Lake. Round-Trip Transportation from Calgary. • Update: We only offer a PRIVATE TOUR exclusively for your group and family, We will follow the strict health guidelines to operate this tour to the highest safety standard. Together we will still enjoy traveling and experiencing Banff National Park.

Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

7. Canadian Rockies: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tours

Don’t miss a thing as your favorite audio tour narrator guides you to not-to-be-missed places of interest across Banff, Lake Louise, Yoho, Icefields Parkway and Jasper, along with fascinating stories, tips and directions. Follow the suggested itineraries, or divide the commentary and create your own half, full or multi day sightseeing trips. The Canadian Rocky Mountains National Parks are such an amazing place where the scenery is often almost too good to be true. The National Parks are spread over hundreds of miles, each area with its own rewarding features, attractions and wildlife. Includes: Lake Louise and Yoho (Full Day) Lake Louise is one of the most famous of all the photos to take in the Rockies, with the beautifully coloured lake backdropped by massive, glacier-draped peaks. Moraine Lake is easily as stunning, with 10 peaks surrounding the lake. Be sure to read the information about pre-planning required to visit Moraine Lake. Yoho is the National Park that continues directly west of Lake Louise. Major attractions include Takakkaw Falls, a mighty glacier-fed cascade is the biggest in the Rockies, the serene Emerald Lake, and the Natural Bridge - an awesome display of the power of water. Also make a stop at the Spiral Tunnels to witness some manmade ingenuity. Commentary fills the portion of the drive between Lake Louise and Banff, with Johnston Canyon the most popular stop, and it's your choice whether to drive on the fast Hwy 1, or the slower, scenic 1A - Bow Valley Parkway. Icefields Parkway (Long Full Day) Without any doubt, this is the most scenic drive in the National Parks and has been voted the World's Most Beautiful Mountain Drive. Glaciers that practically touch the road, brilliant blue lakes, and thundering waterfalls dominate the route. And this drive is usually rich with wildlife. Take a full day to enjoy all the stops if driving one way between Banff or Lake Louise and Jasper, or reverse. It is also common to drive from Banff/Lake Louise to the Icefields Centre and then return as a day trip. Jasper (1-2 Days) With wider valleys between its mighty mountain ranges, and a touch lower elevation, Jasper is an ideal environment for wildlife. Drive the loop that visits the pretty lakes that sit on a benchland above the town, effortlessly climb Whistlers Mountain on the TramWay and even share the view with some big horn sheep on Old Fort Point, all close to the town. Then venture further out to the Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, the location of the famous Spirit Island cruise. And be sure to soak in the Rockies' hottest springs at Miette. Around Town of Banff (Half- Full Day) There are about a dozen surprisingly impressive things to do around the town of Banff, none more than 20 minutes away. Join the tour loop and follow from place to place with frequent stops for incredible views, waterfalls, mountain lakes and often lucky wildlife spotting locations. Complete the loop with short stops in just a few hours, or plan to spend a day with extended visits to ride the Banff Gondola, cruise on Lake Minnewanka, paddle a rented canoe, or relax on a guided float trip.

From Calgary: Private Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

8. From Calgary: Private Lake Louise and Banff Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the incredible scenery of the Canadian Rockies during this day trip from Calgary to the Lake Louise, Banff and its surrounding attractions. Canada’s first national park, one of the world’s premier destination spots. Whether you only have a short amount of time in Calgary or are looking for a no-hassle way to experience the celebrated natural beauty of Alberta, this day trip is a great choice. Itinerary: • Start your trip from your Hotel/Home in Calgary (7:00 am) • Then will head to Lake Louise. (30 Mins) • Banff Town: The Biggest town of National towns, many shops and restaurants await your discovery. (Stop here for 2 Hours) • Bow Falls: A gushing waterfall near town which offers great photo opportunities. (stop for about 15 mins) • Surprise Corner: (Stops for about 15 mins) • Banff Gondola Ride: Enjoy a 360 view of Banff. (Stop for about 2 hours) • Finally, we return to Calgary and arrive around 5 pm.

Lake Louise & Moraine Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

9. Lake Louise & Moraine Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your tour begins outside the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Here, you’ll board a shuttle and head to Lake Louise (so you won’t have to worry about dealing with parking)! Dive deep into the enchanting landscapes and profound history of Lake Louise and its surroundings. Take a stroll around the lake or embark on a more challenging hike to a hidden tea house! Then ride another shuttle to Moraine Lake. Along the way, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of mountaineering in this amazing landscape, from early climbs to the bravery of Swiss mountain guides. Once you reach Moraine Lake, you’ll have the option to hike up to a stunning overlook that might just be the prettiest spot in all of Banff National Park. Next, you’ll ride the shuttle back to your car and continue the remainder of the tour in your own personal vehicle or rental. As you drive, you’ll delve into the story of the Stoney Nakoda people and their rich legacy in this land. Stop at Morant's Curve, a photographer's delight, before continuing alongside the serenity of the Bow River. After that, you’ll have the option to hike the gorgeous Castle Lookout Trail or continue on toward natural gems like Silverton Falls, Moose Meadows, and the ethereal beauty of Johnston Canyon. At last, you’ll be treated to panoramic views from the Vermilion Lakes Viewpoint, just outside the town of Banff. Your tour concludes here.

Banff: Guided Day Trip with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

10. Banff: Guided Day Trip with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Experience the beauty of Banff on a day tour departing from Banff or Canmore. Set out from the vibrant down and embark on a scenic journey through the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup, with a guide providing insight into the region's rich history and natural wonders. As you travel toward Banff National Park, be treated to panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and lush forests. Upon arrival in Banff, immerse yourself in the charm of this picturesque mountain town or simply take in the stunning vistas. Explore hidden including Johnston Canyon, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Vermilion Lake, Cascade Garden, Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, and more. After a full day of exploration, relax and unwind as you journey back to the original spot, reminiscing about the sights and experiences of your day in Banff.

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Beautiful view, could stay there all day looking at the Rockies. Only issue is minimal space, lots of tourists. However dispite the amount of people, wait times for the ride back down was not horrible. It is pretty costly, but it is definitely worth the money if you are a lover of the land and outdoor views.

We really enjoyed our experience on the Banff Gondola! The views at the top were incredible .. we went just before sunset and it was amazing

It was our first time to visit the Banff during winter time. It was fun and a magnificent view. The gondola was amazing.

Well worth the money . A lot more to see then we had expected .

Absolutely stunning views, definitely worth it . I loved it.