October 7, 2016
By Naomi Witherick
Where Canadian Rockies is proud to announce Brewster’s Banff Gondola as the winner of our Best New or Improved Attraction of 2016 award.
It comes after the facility’s $26-million renovation, which saw the incredible transformation of the gondola’s upper terminal. After 13 months in the works, the summit complex was officially opened October 6, when we had the privilege of presenting the award to Brewster president, David McKenna.
Dining at Three Ravens
It’s worth the short drive or walk from downtown to dine at the Three Ravens for the elevated Bow Valley view through enormous windows. The sparkling lights of Banff set against Rundle Mountain, Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance Range is a feast for the eyes, especially when the peaks glow red and yellow at sunset. —RM
Banff Upper Hot Springs
During a soak in the 40°C (104°F) Banff Upper Hot Springs you might wonder how these waters came to be. Precipitation that seeps into Rundle Mountain’s western slope descends through 3 km (2 mi) of sedimentary rock where it’s heated, pressurized and mineral-enriched. After 100s of years it surfaces via the Sulphur Mountain Thrust Fault. Enjoy the 1930s bathhouse (upgraded 1996), take a spa treatment, and visit the café, interpretive displays and gift shop. —RM