The Banff Gondola takes you up from the Banff town site to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Presently the upper terminal is closed for renovations and slated to open August 1st 2016. I am curious to see what the changes bring as the views from the top are wonderful and a great way to see Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain.
There is a restaurant and gift shop with a small self-guided interpretive walk that brings you up to the old Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station. The cost is relatively high for the short trip and the food facilities at the terminal are similar to what you would find in a hospitals cafeteria, with national park prices.
The ride up is about eight minutes and at the second tower you reach the maximum height from the ground of 38 meters, or 125 feet. The personal size of the gondola is a great perk in my opinion as you can spend the time with friends or your significant other eye balling the scenery without being shoulder to shoulder with strangers as you would in Jasper.
Prices seem to go up rather frequently, for 2016 and adult is $42.00 for a round trip and $21.00 for down only. If you are looking to save a few bucks but still experience the gondola, a great option is to hike up below the gondola on the 5.4km hike and stop for lunch at the top or for some ice cream. After a short work out and exploring around the summit you can take an easy return down with the gondola.
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