Gondola ride up the Sulphur Mountains, Banff

After taking the tramway in Jasper to see panoramic views of the glacier-covered mountains, beautiful Jasper town, glacier-fed lakes and tall mountains, I knew what to expect from the Banff Gondola experience, but at the same time I was pretty excited too!

Gondola ride
Gondola ride
Another view of the Canadian Rockies
Another view of the Canadian Rockies

It was one of those days when it wasn’t crowded, so just my husband and I had the luxury to go in one gondola car. A 7 minute ride took us to the top of the Sulphur mountains and the whole way up, we were peeking through the glass windows to catch a glimpse of the beautiful views all around.

Gorgeous views from the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gorgeous views from the top of Sulphur Mountain

From views of Banff town, the smaller Tunnel mountain amidst the sheer, snow-capped mountains, the peacock green color Bow River, the monarchical The Fairmont Banff Springs, the craggy Canadian Rocky mountain range, a glimpse of the electric blue Lake Minnewanka, the gondola ride was an incredible experience.

Soon we reached the Sulphur mountain peak and I immediately took out my binoculars to do – I don’t know what, but just randomly looked around everywhere.

Views on the way to the Cosmic Ray Station. Look closely to see the majestic Fairmont Hotel
Views on the way to the Cosmic Ray Station. Look closely to see the majestic Fairmont Hotel

From the observation deck, we walked for a bit to reach the Cosmic Ray Station. The views from the Cosmic Ray Station aren’t that different from the views from the observation deck, but it was a nice walk nevertheless. We even spotted a couple of mountain goats in the mountain slopes. They kind of look like sheep with big horns! I guess that’s how these animals adapt themselves to the harsh winters.

Do you see the mountain goat with big horns?
Do you see the mountain goat with big horns?

Our way down on the gondola was an equally neat experience, while we were trying to identify each and every landmark that we knew!

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