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A Guide to Mountain Top Moments

By Naomi Witherick

To get to the top, hitch a ride on a sightseeing lift. In minutes you’re whisked from the valley floor to heights of up to 2,400 m/7,874 ft where peaks stretch as far as the eye can see.

But gondolas and chairlifts give way to more than awesome views. While all five rides in Banff and Jasper national parks promise perfect mountaintop moments, each offers differences.

New Height, Historic Site

Hike or ride up Sulphur Mountain to look down on the Town of Banff. Photo by Brewster/Pursuit

Hike or ride up Sulphur Mountain to look down on the Town of Banff. Photo by Brewster/Pursuit

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Iconic Adventures: Gondolas & Glaciers

Activities you’ll cross off your bucket list with ease

May 25, 2016
By Afton Aikens with notes from Where writers

In the Canadian Rockies we take our cues from the mountains—we go big. We also get creative. Our tour operators offer activities that allow everyone to explore our wild alpine playground. We’ll get you to the summit; you choose whether you want to ride, fly or climb.

Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola

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Grizzlies Ahoy!

Matt Wallace image courtesy Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift

Lake Louise Summer Sightseeing Lift & Gondola offers the chance to safely see grizzly bears while rising up the mountain above the trees. Last year, staff identified 50 new grizzlies. Orphan cubs Bert and Ernie shared the slopes with perennial favorite Olivia; elusive wolverines were also seen. This year, their interpretive centre has improved wildlife displays. By James Kallenbach