At Nightrise, the summit is transformed through four digital art installations. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, video projections and music bring the summit to life in a new and unexpected way.

What will you discover at the top?

Experience the summit in a whole new light

When darkness falls across the Rockies, a quiet stillness fills the air and time seems to stand still.

Step inside the gondola, leaving behind the light of day for the radiance of night, hâhebi ne.

At the top of Sulphur Mountain, Mînî Rhuwîn, night begins to rise and mysterious wonders emerge.

This alluring experience honours the magic of sacred mountains — a place of gathering for many, including the Îyârhe Îethka, the Stoney Nakoda People, since time immemorial.

Explore the four Nightrise installations below.

Nightrise Dining Packages

Created by Moment Factory in participation with the Stoney Nakoda Nation and presented by Banff Gondola, this unique winter gathering merges immersive multimedia and nature for a new and inspiring take on a familiar location. Complementing the existing offer of food and drinks, Nightrise invites visitors to look, listen, lounge and connect with the mountain in a different way.

Created by Moment Factory

With the Participation of Stoney Nakoda

Presented by Banff Gondola

Frequently Asked Questions

There's no right or wrong way to discover Nightrise — the four stations can be explored in any order and at any pace. Many of the elements of Nightrise, however, are best experienced after the sun has completely set.

If you are dining on the summit before 8:30 p.m., we recommend exploring Nightrise after your meal. If your reservation is after 8:30 p.m., we recommend arriving 45 to 60 minutes early to fully experience Nightrise ahead of dinner.

Anticipate cold weather: During the evenings, it's particularly important to dress in proper winter attire. Our gondola cabins are not heated, and it can get cold and windy at the top. For your safety, a winter jacket, warm socks and winter footwear are required.

The Banff Gondola is located 2.5 km from Banff town centre.

Free Bus From Downtown Banff

For the best experience, leave the drive to us. Show your Banff Gondola ticket to the Route 1 bus driver of the Bow Valley's Roam Public Transit service from Downtown Banff and get a FREE RETURN RIDE*. Visit Roam Transit to see the bus schedule.

*Valid only on route 1 to and from the Banff Gondola, and on the day of your visit.

Driving

From Banff Ave, head south towards the Bow Bridge. Make a left turn after the Bow Bridge onto Mountain Ave and keep to the right lane. Follow Mountain Ave to the very end where you will arrive at the Banff Gondola parking lot on your left.

Nightrise does feature moving and coloured lights that could trigger seizures in individuals with photosensitive epilepsy. It also includes fog/smoke machines.

Yes, Sky Bistro and Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen are both open on the summit during Nightrise. We offer packages to combine your experience with a meal at either restaurant.  

Nightrise will return November 2022. Tickets will be available for purchase closer to the date.

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