Banff Adventures - Sightseeing Gondolas & Chairlifts

Bask in panoramic views as you ascend to over 7,500 feet above sea level. Overlooking Banff National Park, the vistas stretch as far as the horizon, east into the foothills and further west into the heart of the Rockies. Select from one our gondola rides to the top of the Canadian Rockies most majestic peaks.

Ride Mt Norquay's chairlift above Banff, visit the famous and newly renovated Banff Gondola, travel up the Kicking Horse gondola, the highest gondola in the Rockies to the Grizzly Bear Refuge or enjoy a gondola or chairlift ride at the famous Lake Louise.

The Banff Gondola at the top of Sulphur Mountain doesn't disappoint. Indoors, the experience is equal parts excitement and exploration, with an interpretive centre and theatre to captivate the child in all of us. It’s also where culinary expectations rise to new heights, with menus that rival the views. Outside, the epic views are truly endless from the rooftop deck or with a stroll along the mountain boardwalk. Top it off with seasonal programs and exciting events for the ultimate mountaintop adventure.


When visiting Banff National Park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies .... see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! The Banff Gondola, Lake Louise Gondola, Kicking Horse Gondola and Mt Norquay chairlift each offer a unique guest experience and opportunity to soar to awe-inspiring viewpoints.



Banff Gondola

Ride to the top of Banff



Experience a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges from Sulphur Mountain. The Banff Gondola doesn't disappoint.

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Lake Louise Gondola

Cruise for 14 glorious minutes



Ride on an open chairlift or in a fully enclosed gondola at Lake Louise. Keep an eye out for grizzly bears!

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Banff Sightseeing Chairlift

Ride to the top of Mt Norquay



Take a chairlift ride and enjoy the spectacular views overlooking the Town of Banff.

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Sunshine Village Summer Gondola

Gondola & Chairlift Combo



Ride to the top, then hike at your own pace amongst the alpine flowers. You cannot beat the views!

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Kicking Horse Gondola & Grizzly Bear Refuge

Soar to the top of Kicking Horse



Enjoy the spectacular gondola views and then check out the Grizzly Bear refuge

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Sightseeing Gondolas in Banff

At nearly 4,500 feet above sea level, Banff holds the title of Canada’s highest town. As you ascend, you’ll see first hand the majesty of behemoth mountains and sculpted valleys. During the summer, the Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine Gondolas and Mt Norquay chairlift are popular attractions that provide guests with a serene, mountaintop experience. At the summit of Sulphur Mountain (on the Banff Gondola), dine in the Northern Light restaurant while enjoying the spectacular views, grab a souvenir or two, or hike along one of several trails at the summit.


What to expect

You won’t miss a moment of the Banff views while sitting in a glass-enclosed 4-person gondola cabin or a 2-person chairlift. Enjoy the relaxing sensation of floating above the ground as you watch the forest floor drop away, where you might catch a glimpse of adventurous hikers climbing the serpentine paths to the top. All the area's gondola's offer breathtaking views. We offer tickets for every gondola and chairlift. Ask us which one is right for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are the gondola cars open air or enclosed?
    Depends on the gondola! The Sulphur Mountain gondola is enclosed with glass, the Mt. Norquay chairlift is much like what you’d see on a ski hill, and Lake Louise has a combination of both open-air chairlifts and enclosed gondolas.
  2. How much are tickets per person for the Banff Gondola?
    Rates per person are $50 and up, depending on the season, time of day, the projected volume of visitors, and how far in advance you book your tickets.
  3. How long is a gondola ride?
    Once on board the chairlift or gondola, the ride to the top is roughly 7-12 minutes.
  4. Can you still see the view with cloudy and rainy weather?
    Definitely! While cloud cover and rain may obstruct the views further away, most days you will still be able to see for some distance from the mountain summit.


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