Fodor's Expert Review Banff Gondola
Views during the steep eight-minute ride to and from the 7,500-foot summit of Sulphur Mountain are spectacular in the enclosed four-person gondolas. From the upper gondola terminal you can hike the short distance to the true summit of Sulphur Mountain on the South East Ridge Trail and perhaps catch sight of grazing bighorn sheep, or visit the gift shop or the reasonably priced restaurant. Be sure to walk the easy 1-km (0.6-mile) boardwalk to the Sulphur Mountain Weather Observatory on Sanson's Peak for excellent views and to break away from the crowds. The gondola is south of the center of Banff; you can catch a Roam public transit bus to get here. Riding the gondola is a very popular activity—go early or late to avoid crowds.