Banff Gondola is a scenic tourist cablecar that travels to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Alberta, Canada.
It is approximately an eight minute ride by cablecar to the summit. Each gondola can fit four adults. It is also possible to hike a 5.5 km trail to the summit. During the winter months it is free to take the gondola back down.
Sulphur Mountain, which is named after a hot spring on its lower slopes has an elevation of 2281 metres (7486 ft) above sea level.
The upper terminal has two restaurants, gift shop and interactive displays in the Above Banff interpretive centre. Also check out the short film ‘Above Banff’ in the theatre.
There are also multiple viewing decks, including a 360 degree roof observation deck.
Outside as well as views over the Bow Valley there is a boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak and the site of the Cosmic Ray Station.
Sanson’s Peak, the highest point on Sulphur Mountain is named after Norman Bethune Sanson who from the early 1900s to the mid 1930s recorded data at the meteorological observatory station, which is still standing today. Sanson climbed the mountain more than 1000 times to collect weather data.
The Cosmic Ray Station was built in 1956 and was in use until 1978. The structure was dismantled in 1981.
During the summer season it may pay to book online as there can be a wait to enter. It is also advisable to bring a jacket as even in summer the winds up there can be brisk.
Banff Gondola is located at 100 Mountain Road, Banff.