Banff Jasper Collection

Temperatures at the top of the Banff Gondola may be several degrees lower than the bottom. Make sure to bundle up!

Attire checklist:

  • Winter jacket
  • Long pants
  • Toque/winter hat
  • Mitts or gloves
  • Warm socks

In the event that a guest's attire is deemed unsuitable and potentially unsafe, we may need to respectfully decline their entry to the gondola.


With six stunning mountain ranges and the sweep of the Bow Valley before you, views from the Sulphur Mountain summit are nothing short of breathtaking. And there’s much more to discover in our state-of-the-art summit building — designed to heighten your senses at every turn.

Explore the Banff Gondola summit

Whether you're inside or out, this mountaintop destination is sure to impress with something for everyone.


The state-of-the-art Above Banff interpretive centre takes the unbelievable range of adventures in Banff National Park to a higher level. The centre offers a fun, family-friendly experience.

The Family Experience at the Banff Gondola invites parents and children to dig deeper into the world around us with self-guided activities and adventures.

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Agents of Discovery

Agents of Discovery is an interactive mobile game that brings the Rocky Mountains to life at the Above Banff Interpretive Centre. From natural history and early explorers to ancient geology, there's a whole world to discover!

Download the Agents of Discovery app before visiting, start the Banff Gondola Mission once you’re here and uncover all there is to learn about Sulphur Mountain.

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Above Banff Theatre

Discover the timeless wonder of the Canadian Rockies in the summit building’s Above Banff Theatre. Soar above mountain peaks and through the Bow Valley on a cinematic journey that spans generations. Along the way, you’ll encounter daring climbers, high-flying skiers and stunning shots of mountain wildlife. Included with your gondola admission.

Magical Mountaintop Sunsets

Take Banff's legendary sunsets to the next level at the Sulphur Mountain summit.


The Banff Gondola is fully accessible to people with limited mobility. The main entrance is equipped with automatic doors with interior and exterior sensors. Each of our gondola cars is capable of taking a wheelchair and passenger to the summit. Please see our FAQ section for weight and size limit.

Mountaintop Dining

From a quick snack to an unforgettable multi-course meal, there’s a wide range of choices at the top of Sulphur Mountain. Our chefs create fresh and locally-sourced menus that will fuel you up for a hike or help you wind down as you watch the sunset behind the Canadian Rockies. 

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Make your visit even more memorable

Gondola Technical Information

System:   Wallmansberger
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)
Average incline:   51%
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
Construction period:
  Original – September 1958 to July 1959
Reconstruction – November 1997 to February 1998
Manufactured by:
  Original – Bell Engineering Works Ltd., Kriens Lucerne, Switzerland
Reconstruction – Garaventa AG, Goldau, Switzerland
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