Things to do in Banff National Park

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Banff National Park

Things to Do in Banff National Park

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Top Attractions in Banff National Park

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Nature & Wildlife Areas
Located only a short distance, 16km/10m, from the Town of Banff, the pristine beauty of Sunshine Meadows is easily accessible for everyone, and can be best experienced and enjoyed through the relaxed comfort of our facilities. Take a ride up to the skies in Banff’s biggest gondola (8-passenger cabin capacity) with room for the whole family. Start at the base at an elevation of 1,660 m and ride the gondola 4.6km to the top gondola village terminal at 2,164 m where the Alpine Village is located. Take in all the views of the valley, mountain peaks and wildlife. Once you have reached the top – the Sunshine Village area, or just “the Village” – stop in at our new interpretive center before embarking on an exploration of the six diverse, graveled hiking trails, that wind their way through three alpine lakes, waterfalls and flower filled meadows covering more than 12 Km through the Sunshine Meadows. For a more revealing experience, join one of our hosted trail tours and enjoy learning about the wonders of the alpine world of Sunshine Meadows and more as you through some of Banff National Park’s most spectacular spots. Feel on top of the world when you summit Mt Standish via our Standish Express Sightseeing Chairlift. With an elevation of 2,400m/7,875ft, it will give you a full 360 degree view of the area. From here you can enjoy an unobstructed view the famous Mount Assiniboine – the Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies at 3,618m/ 11,871ft – as well as other joys on the horizon, such as Rock Isle, Laryx and Grizzly Alpine lakes. There are three retail stores awaiting you for all your hiking essentials and Canadian Rockies souvenirs. After taking in the captivating views, indulge in one of our six licensed food outlets, including four fully serviced restaurants, including a BBQ deck of outside Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse. Come by to wind down with a drink before making your way back down the gondola.
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  • taralepp7
    Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views from the top of Sulphur Mountain were breathtaking. I’m terrified of heights but it was totally worth the trip up the gondola. I did the walk towards where the old Cosmic Ray station would have been and experienced Nightrise. Loved the lights and atmosphere and found the voice playing in the gondola on the way down very meditative. Would highly recommend the Banff gondola.
    Written February 28, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jim B
    Windsor, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    To me, this was the most beautiful lake we visited while in Alberta (and there are beautiful lakes around every corner).
    It is far less busy than Lake Louise, which allows you to take in its grandeur while getting a postcard worthy shot.
    A short, steep walk up to the main viewing area rewards you with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains, but if you gave mobility issues, it'll be impossible to do. Don't worry, the view is just as beautiful from the lakeshore.
    Parks Canada has closed the road leading to the lake to personal motorized vehicles (unless you're handicapped). Parks Canada offers shuttle buses to the lake, as do other companies. We opted for the Parks Canada shuttles, and they were easy to use and ran frequently (every 15-20 minutes). Gives you a fantastic opportunity to view the mountains on the drive to the lake.
    Written November 3, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.