Sulphur Mountain: Our most recommended tours and activities

Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

1. Banff: Banff Gondola Admission Ticket

Climb aboard this iconic 4-person gondola cabin with large windows and relax. During the 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, take in the views of the town of Banff, Bow Valley, and six different mountain ranges. While on the mountain's peak, be amazed by 360-degree views. Explore the interactive Above Banff Interpretative Center to learn about the early explorers, wildlife, and local area. Hike across the Sulphur Mountain boardwalk to explore the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site. Then stop at the coffee shops, restaurants, and gift shops.

Banff National Park: 2-Hour Sundance Loop Horseback Ride

2. Banff National Park: 2-Hour Sundance Loop Horseback Ride

Explore stunning sections of wilderness on this two-hour horseback riding tour in Banff National Park. Spot wildlife that you might not get to see on foot and learn a few cowboy tricks along the way from your guide.  Pass by natural sulphur hot springs as you make your way to one of Banff’s national historic sites, the Cave and Basin. Trek along the tranquil Bow River and take in magnificent views of the Bow Valley. Press through thick marshes that are difficult to navigate on foot. Watch as your horse easily ascends the slopes of Sulphur Mountain to reach the Windy Knoll viewpoint where you can take striking photos of the sweeping landscape. 

Banff: Sulphur Mountain Guided Hike

3. Banff: Sulphur Mountain Guided Hike

Explore the subalpine and alpine terrain of Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance range of Banff. The long and esthetic ridge hike starts from the Banff gondola and transitions from tree line to alpine hiking terrain, you will trek through subalpine forests, limestone slabs and high mountain scree slopes, with views to the West of the Sundance range and the high peaks of Lake Louise and the Assiniboine area. Go with an AAA ACMG Guide to maximize your experience. You will meet the guides at the base of the Banff Gondola for 8:15am then head up the gondola to begin the hike at the top. Great for Beginner, Intermediate hikers and family friendly (Ages 12+). Please note this hike does cover various terrain, some exposed, scrambling may be involved at sections. Not recommended for people with a fear of heights. A detailed course package will be emailed 3 days prior to course commencement. *This group booking needs at least 4 bookings to move forward. We cannot guarantee the tour until this number is reached. Please inquire with the AAA team via email to verify. **Scheduled hikes on the website but custom dates can be arranged. ***If you have an exceptional experience & would like to leave a tip for your guide, 10-15% is a customary amount. You can pay with cash or contact the AAA office directly to arrange.

Tunnel Mountain Trail: Nature Tour with Audio Guide

4. Tunnel Mountain Trail: Nature Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the marvelous beauty of Tunnel Mountain Trail on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the trail at your own pace with your audio trail guide. Ascend over 266 meters and experience incredible scenic views of the Town of Banff, the valley, and the Sulphur Mountain Viewpoint. Marvel at the awe-inspiring turquoise Bow River as it meanders past the daunting peaks of the Rocky Mountains. See the beautiful scenery while hearing about Mount Rundle, thousands of wildflowers, uniquely shaped trees, and the Rocky Mountain wildlife. Hear the history of the area’s first settlers, the naming of Tunnel Mountain, the Banff town, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park. Enjoy an incredible 360-degree view when you get to the summit of Tunnel Mountain. Reach the top of the peak and soak in beautiful views of the Banff townsite, Vermillion lakes, and the Mountains of Banff National Park.

[Winter]Sulphur Mountain/BanffGondola+HotSprings/HorseSleigh

5. [Winter]Sulphur Mountain/BanffGondola+HotSprings/HorseSleigh

Depart from Calgary, and head to [Surprise Corner] Named after its spectacular views of the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that is cozily nestled at the heart of a dense forest with the beautiful Sulphur Mountain as a backdrop. This beautiful scene is elevated with Bow River cascading down into the Bow Falls as a foreground. The magnificent scene at Surprise Corner will make you feel as if you have travelled into a fairytale story. Then head to a must-see scenic spot, [Bow Falls]. The roaring landscape in the summer is like being enchanted by time. You can still hear the river pounding under the ice as if it is going to break through the confinement of time. Next, stepping into a wonderland with beautiful scenery. Ride the Sulphur Mountain [Banff Gondola (additional charges)] (*Banff Gondola is closed for annual maintenance from Nov 6-17, this attraction and the Banff Upper Hot Springs itineraries will be replaced by Bow Lake and Peyto Lake) to reach the top of the mountain. At this moment, it seems that a fascinating picture has unfolded. A 3-minute “Above Banff” experience allows you to explore Banff through an eagle-eye perspective with stunning sound effects, advanced visual film processing technology, 3D effects, and perfectly shows the full picture of Banff National Park. It is time to replenish energy. After the lunch break, You can choose from the optional activities of the unique experience of [Banff Upper Hot Springs] (Admission is first come first serve at your own cost/**Please bring a swimsuit for hot springs**) Relax and soak under the views of Cascade Mountain. Or explore on a [Winter sleigh ride (additional charges)] snowy town inspiration to immerse yourselves in the winter wonderland. Itinerary: Calgary/Canmore/Banff - Surprise Corner (15 min) - Bow Falls (15 min) - Banff Gondola (90 min/Optional with additional charges) - Banff Town (120 min) (Optional with additional charges of Banff Upper Hot Springs (90 min/Purchase admission at reception) or Winter Sleigh Ride (40 min/from Mid-December) - Banff/Canmore/Calgary Note: The minimum number of travelers for this tour is 4 pax. In the event of insufficient travelers, Westar Travel reserves the right to cancel or change the itinerary. The winter schedule and itinerary could be impacted by extreme weather and road conditions, while we may make necessary adjustments. We appreciate your understanding in case of any delays or changes. If you have a connecting flight after the tour, please ensure that your flight departs after 9:30 pm.(**Please understand that depending on the situation, your arrival time in Calgary may be adjusted **) This is a combined bus tour. Additional pickup and drop-off locations may be added to the tour.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 575 reviews

The gondola ride was great but once you get to the top there are lots to do. The roof top view, the restaurants, theatre, and of course the views! Don’t let the look of the the walk discourage you, there are lots of spots to rest along the way and enjoy yet another amazing view !

We can't give a full review here as we poorly timed this event and one following the gondola ride. There's so much to see and do so please leave yourself AT LEAST 3 hours to take it all in.

Spectacular view on the way up and especially on top of the mountain. Great food at Northern Lights Restaurant.

Employees were extremely helpful. Shops were very nice. Views were spectacular.

Efficient staff. Loading and unloading very easy. Gorgeous views.