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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 20, 2011
From journal Banff and Environs
February 28, 2009
From journal Winter in Canada's Rockies
Fort Worth, Texas
October 18, 2005
From journal Canadian Rockies
Woodland Hills, California
July 15, 2004
From journal Banff National Park
by Gerry May
July 8, 2003
At the top you are greeted by an observation building with two restaurants and plenty of outside observation points. If it is cool or windy, good views are still available from within the building. The views from the observation deck are fantastic and provide a good perspective of how Banff and the Bow River fit in amongst the mountains. Postpone the trip if the weather is cloudy.
From the top a trail of boardwalk and steps leads to another peak, offering views to the other side of the mountain. Although this is a completely fenced-in route and looks short, it is a full kilometer each way and includes a fair amount of climbing up stairs. And at an elevation of about 7000 feet there was a fair amount of panting and wheezing. But the view up here is worth the walk.
We took the option of hiking down from the observation station to the gondola base. Even downhill, this is a hefty hike. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended and be sure to allow well over an hour for the trip down. Another option is to hike up and take a free gondola ride down. On our hike down we encountered many people hiking up. Some were really struggling. We also saw several who gave up and turned around. If you are in shape, have proper equipment (shoes, water etc.), and are used to hiking at altitude, then it is a nice climb. Don't try it just to save the gondola fee.
From journal A Week in the Canadian Rockies
Elk Grove, California
July 2, 2002
From journal Alberta
San Francisco, California
December 20, 2001
From journal Exploring The Canadian Rockies
, New Mexico
July 23, 2001
From journal From Banff to Jasper
January 15, 2001
You can also hike to the top, no special equipment or clothes needed. You can then opt to take the gondola back to the base.
From journal Beautiful Banff
by Mrs. J
October 14, 2000
It is a good thing to do when you first get to Banff because it helps you get your bearings and gives an idea of how Banff fits into the Rockies in that area. At the top of the mountain is a restaurant and snack bar as well as a gift shop. There are semi-tame mountain goats, marmots, etc. hanging around looking for handouts from tourists.
You can go on short hikes from the summit landing or just hang around for awhile drinking in the 360 degree unobstructed views of the spectacular mountain ranges. For an idea of what kind of scenery you'll experience go to the website with the live cam updated every ten minutes: www.banffgondola.com. From that website you can get particulars about the gondola. You can also click on a view from the summit on a clear day. It is apparently clear most of the summer and hazy much of the rest of the year. This is truly a top of the world feeling and not to be missed even if you only have a few days in the area.
From journal Banff with kids