This small group tour is a perfect introduction to Banff and includes some of its most scenic and historically significant highlights such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout and Banff's largest lake, Lake Minnewanka.  It's a great tour for seeing wildlife, so don't forget your camera!  And ask as many questions as you like since the guides are Banff experts and love to share their knowledge.  Plus, enjoy hot chocolate or fresh water (depending on the time of year) and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops.

You'll then be transported to the base of Sulphur Mountain and ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain at 7,486 feet.  At the summit, marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges.  You'll feel like you're on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck.  After riding down, your guide will transport you back to your Banff hotel.

If your time is limited, we also offer a 3-hour tour without the Gondola:  

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Ages 13+):
$126.43
Child Rate
(Ages 6-12):
$74.15
Child - Free
(Ages 5 and Under, on Adult Lap):
$0.00

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Tour / Activity Details

5.5 hours
8:30 am daily
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48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from most hotels in Banff.  Rates are per person and shown in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

  • Register and submit your travel, contact, proof of vaccination and (if required) quarantine information on ArriveCAN using the ArriveCAN mobile app or through the online portal within 72 hours of your planned arrival in the province of Alberta. Partially and non-vaccinated travelers - and fully vaccinated travelers selected for random testing - must follow instructions given upon arrival for completing a COVID test.

 

Special Schedule Details:

  • This tour will not operate for one or two weeks in January when the Gondola is shut down for annual maintenance.

 

Please Note

  • All children ages 15 years and under must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • A Child Safety Seat is required for all children 6 years of age. You must bring your own child safety seat and it will be your responsibility to install the car seat at the starting location for the tour. Children under age 6 who are free on the tour must ride on the lap of a paying adult.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 total participants to operate, so you will be asked to call the day prior to confirm the tour.
  • This tour involves some walking. At every stop you will have the opportunity to get off the bus and stretch your legs and all of the viewpoints are a short walk.
  • The Banff Gondola is wheelchair-accessible and all four levels of the summit complex have elevator access.

 

Included

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off in Banff
  • Professional Certified Tour Guide
  • Small group size (up to 24 persons per guide)
  • Hands-on interpretive tools
  • Banff Gondola tickets
  • Maple cookie snack
  • Fresh water or hot chocolate (depending on season)
  • See Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka - among other sights

 

Not Included

  • Any food or beverages not specified as being included
  • Optional guide gratuity - Tips are not expected but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.

 

Itinerary

  • BOW FALLS - Water crashes over ancient limestone creating a spectacle of sound and sight.
  • FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL - The "Castle of the Rockies" is the railway's contribution to the building of Canada.
  • SURPRISE CORNER LOOKOUT - See a higher view of Bow Falls and the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
  • HOODOOS VIEWPOINT - What is a hoodoo? Understand the lay of the land as you look out over the Bow Valley.
  • LAKE MINNEWANKA - Learn about an underwater village and native history with a pleasant break at Banff National Park's largest lake.
  • BANFF GONDOLA - Take an eight-minute journey in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin up to a jaw-dropping mountaintop experience at 2,281 metres (7,486 feet). You will have one hour at the summit before the gondola ride down.

 

Wildllife

  • There is a good chance of seeing wildlife on this tour but the guides cannot guarantee seeing wildlife. The guides have a lot of knowledge about the animals within the park and can fill you in about them if you see any wildlife or if you have any questions.

 

What To Bring/Wear

  • Warm clothes - dress for the weather
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Remember your camera!

 

Photo Credits

  • Gondola photos courtesy of Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit and Chris Amat/Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection. Some other photos courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka Photography and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes pick-up and drop-off from most hotels in Banff.  Rates are per person and shown in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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