The Banff Gondola gives epic views

The Banff Gondola

The Banff Gondola is located just 5 minutes away from the Town of Banff within the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The 8min. gondola ride takes you up Sulphur Mountain to a breathtaking height of 2281m. above sea level.

Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/7.1, ISO100, 175mm

Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/7.1, ISO100, 175mm

Once at the top, you’ll encounter epic views of six mountain ranges and beautiful landscapes for as far as the eye can see.

Nikon D800, 1/640 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 19mm

Nikon D800, 1/640 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 19mm

It is truly a gorgeous view that must be seen in person to be really appreciated. These pictures here certainly do not do the area justice.

Once you get off the gondola you can walk on either side of the terminal for truly amazing views of Banff National Park spotted with emerald-green, glacial-fed lakes. That’s what got me at first. I was mesmerized with one view after another. There is also a main-level observation deck that can offer great views too—albeit a little more restricted.

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/8.0, ISO100, 120mm

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/8.0, ISO100, 120mm

For an even higher perspective, you can hike another 1km up Sulphur Mountain to reach the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site, and Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station.

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/7.1, ISO 100, 185mm

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/7.1, ISO 100, 185mm

If you peak inside the meteorological station, you’ll get a glimpse of how people lived up here.

Nikon D800, 1/13 sec., f/6.3, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1/13 sec., f/6.3, ISO 100, 14mm

And if you’re on the lookout, you’ll no doubt spot some wildlife on the mountainside as well.

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/5.0, ISO 100, 200mm

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/5.0, ISO 100, 200mm

The Banff Gondola truly offers some spectacular views that shouldn’t be missed. Even the views offered from within the gondola itself are spectacular in their own ways.

Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 35mm

Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 35mm

For more information on the Banff Gondola, head over to the Brewster Travel Canada website.

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