Soar 698 metres (2,292 feet) on an 8-minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Glide over the treetops and arrive at a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience.
There’s no shortage of fun in our state-of-the-art summit building. With acclaimed restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the Banff Gondola summit heightens every sense.
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. More adventurous hikers will want to try the South East Ridge Trail — a route that runs along the ridge of the mountain to the south, taking you to Sulphur Mountain's true summit.
Follow in the footsteps of Norman Sanson, who walked to the top of Sulphur Mountain weekly for 30 years to check the weather until 1945, when he was 84 years old. At the peak, step back in time and experience the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station — a National Historic Site of Canada.
Your adventure starts here. Fuel up with a coffee from Starbucks, satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat from the candy store or pick-out that perfect memento to bring home from the gift shop.
Whether you're inside or out, this mountaintop destination is sure to impress with something for everyone.
One free child admission for each paying adult, available daily for the first two hours of the day.
Albertans can explore Nightrise for less with Pursuit Rewards. Sign up and save up to 20% on your evening at the top.
Explore the wonders of Sulphur Mountain after dark with Nightrise, then dine at Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen.
Discover the summit after sunset with Nightrise, then dine on the mountaintop at Sky Bistro.
|Lower terminal elevation:||1,583 m (5,194 feet) above sea level|
|Upper terminal elevation:||2,281 m (7,486 feet) above sea level|
|Total elevation gain:||698 m (2,292 feet)|
|Total number of Gondolas:||40|
|Gondola capacity:||4 passengers each|
|Length of track:||1,560 m (5,120 feet)|
|Horizontal length:||1,370 m (4,498 feet)|
|Track rope diameter:||34 mm (111/32 inches)|
|Hauling rope diameter:||28 mm (13/32 inches)|
|Track rope weight:||21,103 kg (46,587 lbs)|
|Hauling rope weight:||9,490 kg (21,091 lbs)|
|Normal lift speed:||3.0 m (10 feet) per second|
|Maximum lift speed:||4.0 m (13 feet) per second|
|Length of trip:||8 minutes|
|Hourly capacity:||650 passengers, each direction|
|Number of towers:||3|
|Maximum height above ground:||38 m (125 feet) at Tower #2|
|Driving unit:||250 H.P. Electric Motor & Diesel stand-by/electric stand-by|
||Original – September 1958 to July 1959
Reconstruction – November 1997 to February 1998
||Original – Bell Engineering Works Ltd., Kriens Lucerne, Switzerland
Reconstruction – Garaventa AG, Goldau, Switzerland