on July 23, 2001
Tucked into our four-person gondola, we floated up over the treetops watching the view spread below us. From the gondola, you can see lakes, rivers, and distant mountain peaks. Once at the top, you have choices. Most people seemed to choose breakfast with their view, and the gift shops were certainly doing a brisk business.
We chose to continue on up the mountain, this time on foot via the walkway (or rather the stairway with occasional overlooks). The view from the top is well worth the trek, and is indescribable. Below, in the valley you can see the Bow River, the falls and the surrounding mountains. Dead center in all that beauty is the Banff Springs Hotel. From above, you can see just how large it really is. Since you are on the ridgeline, you can also see into the valley on the opposite side of the mountain.
The walk from the gondola to the very top will take about 15 minutes and you need to allow more time for the view and pictures.
It's a bit pricy at $15 a person (Canadian), but if you walk up from the bottom of the mountain, which I'm told take about an hour and a half, you get a free ride down!
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