The Canadian Rockies are a truly breathtaking sight to behold, and thereâ€™s no better vantage point for viewing this epic panorama than from the Banff Gondola.
Passengers sit comfortably in a 4-person, glass-encased gondola, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape as they glide effortlessly over Banff National Park, up to an elevation of 7,486 feet above sea level. In addition to the trip up the mountain, the gondola also features two gift shops, a Starbucks, a pair of restaurants, and a snack bar. Visitors may also hike along the Banff Skywalk to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sansonâ€™s Park Meteorological Station, or take in additional views from the summit using the observation decks.
The Banff Gondola is open year-round; however, an annual maintenance period occurs in early-to-mid January when the gondola is unavailable, so check schedules before you plan your trip. But no matter what you do, there is simply no excuse not to experience this thrilling ride at least once in your lifetime. And remember to bring your camera, as youâ€™ll definitely want to capture the memories of this unforgettable experience.
When in Banff, consider staying at this Banff hotel:
Banff Inn501 Banff Avenue Â· Banff Â· Alberta Â· T1L 1A9 Â· 403-762-8844
The Banff Inn offers modern hotel accommodations located on Banff Avenue, only minutes away from the downtown shops, restaurants and many of Banff's attractions "Parking your car basically across your room is quite convenient. For the rest, standard but neat hotel.