Soar to New Heights in the Canadian Rockies

April 13, 2016

Photo: Lake Louise Sightseeing Gondola and Wildlife Interpretive Centre

There’s a special kind of peace to be found at the top of a mountain. You can hike for hours over difficult terrain or ride a lift to get there, but when you think about it, the second option has its advantages.
Bird’s Eye View of Banff - From the summit of Sulphur Mountain at 700 m (2,297 ft), a wrap-around view awaits – rugged mountain ranges, turquoise lakes, lush forests and the picturesque mountain town of Banff nestled far below. Visitors can hike up and take the Banff Gondola back down, or ride both ways.

Grizzly Bear Viewing – The terrain near Lake Louise contains the highest concentrations of breeding female grizzly bears in Banff National Park and is part of a sanctuary closed to humans in summer. A 14-minute ride on the Lake Louise Gondola takes visitors up 2,088 m (6,850 ft) and is one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

Mountaintop Dining - Built into the side of Mt. Norquay at 2,090 m (6,857 ft), the Cliffhouse Bistro has one of the best views on the planet – a perfect panorama of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a spectacular spot for afternoon brunch or an early dinner and you can get there on the Norquay Chairlift.

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