Banff Gondola Lift (Canada) | Banff National Park Winter (travel guide)

Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth.

On this episode, Lizzy and I are in Banff National Park With us as your guides, ride the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain.

Views? Among the most spectacular in the park.

Wind? Enough to literally blow us around.

Back down off the mountain, our homestay was the beautiful Banff Avenue Bed and Breakfast Next, follow us to the Fairmont Banff Springs; a historic and lavish hotel hallowed by travellers’ for over 130 years.

From there, enjoy the main street — maybe even a sugary treat.

Outside town, you’ll want to step into your snowshoes with us and trek into this winter wonderland.

Food? We’re checking out two places, a popular Indian restaurant and the awesome Banff Avenue Brewing Company.

We’re finishing up our tour with a museum detailing the heritage of Canada’s First Nations people.

Lizzy, where are we and what are we up too? So we’re at the Parks Canada administration building and we’re kind of just wandering through the grounds.

It’s quite snow covered right now but I’ve heard that in the summer and springtime, the gardens are just absolutely gorgeous so I think we’ll be back to see that when the weather’s right and we were just wondering what is your favourite place to visit in Banff; and thank you to everyone who recently subscribed.

It means the world to both of us.

But with that, we will show you more of Banff National Park.

Being hauled up Sulphur Mountain by Gondola has been a tradition for Banff residents and tourists alike since 1959.

Let’s just say our ascent brought our trip to new heights.

I can’t believe we wore our two red coats.

I know we’re matching.

Matching! Couple goals! Oh dear.

But I think we’re coming up a long, long ways.

I'm not going to lie I looked down and that’s kind of a rookie mistake, I’d say.

Yup, although coming down, I think we’re going to have a full view of looking down onto the valley.

Perhaps on the way down, we need to look up No, then we’ll miss the view, oh yeah.

Ok.

The view from the top; oh no.

Excellent Gwyneth Paltrow reference.

With our gondola car having swept into the upper terminal, Lizzy and I couldn’t wait to enjoy the new Sulphur Mountain interpretive centre, reopened in 2016 after a massive $26 million renovation.

Ecological and historical displays awaited us inside, yet the main draw, the incredible exterior viewing platform, lay ahead — a storm being an ominous backdrop.

Follow us, we’re making our way along the boardwalk, watching the wind whip frenzied snow along tree lined ridges.

The journey to our destination, the 118 year old weather station atop Sanson’s Peak, brought us unbelievable views, and a moment of reflection.

We honoured the science conducted at the long-since demolished Cosmic Ray station, an ode to supernovas and the birth of stars.

That storm buffeted us on this highest point, the winds, once manageable now enough to push us around.

Snug and warm in our cozy mountain B&B, our mornings in Banff each started with a delicious full breakfast; day one saw eggs, bacon, bagels, yoghurt, fruits and more on our plates.

A hot pot of tea for me and some coffee for Kevin and we’re on our way to the Fairmont Banff Springs.

Built in 1888 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, and powered by the tourism boom resulting from the discovery of the sulphurous hot springs, the Fairmont Banff Springs has always been our Castle in the Rockies.

Yet, as we walked through this hotel, built in stone in 1928 after a fire destroyed the original, the building’s late 19th century lobby with its wooden galleries beckoned to us from early photographs.

Throughout the decades this hotel has been a welcome respite for travellers, celebrities and even royalty.

Look close; the iconic Mount Stephen Hall, named for the first president of the CPR, was captured in its Gothic glory in the 1930s.

90 years later, little has changed — Lizzy and I, like many before us, have come as travellers to this mountain retreat.

To us, the mountains of the Bow Valley are ageless sentinels; gazing down upon the hotel and its guests, no matter the decade, or fashion.

From its grand halls, ballrooms and yes, even a staircase haunted by a bride who allegedly fell to her death, the Banff Springs Hotel, in its youth, opened a nation’s eyes to Canada’s first national park.

Everything started for us with an iconic line of sight down Banff Avenue from the Parks Canada office.

Lizzy and I are setting off for the heart of the commercial district; taking in a must do for travellers — window shopping.

Our favourite moments? Watching fudge being made and walking through the Christmas store.

Next? We tried Beavertails for the first time, enjoying this deep fried pastry treat — yep, topped by pretty much anything sweet.

Driven by our desire to be transfixed by the natural splendour of Banff National Park, we’ve come to the Banff Visitor Centre to learn which trails are safe and open for outdoor adventure.

With snowshoes in hand, we’ve returned to the Banff Springs Hotel where the Spray River Loop begins.

The power of this place can be felt in its beautiful stillness.

Well-known for its night life, Lizzy and I are back in town ready for great food and drink.

We’re on our way to an awesome Indian restaurant, Masala.

for an amazing selection of curries.

Our recommendation? Eat here on your next trip to Banff.

We’re about to enter the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, founded by entrepreneur, curio shop owner and renowned news man, Norman “Mr.

Banff” Luxton in 1953.

A town pioneer and friend to local First Nations, this site showcases the stories, regalia and artifacts of a proud people.

With us, experience hand crafted items, including intricate beadwork and porcupine quill gauntlets.

A documentary on the international peace campaign led by Chief Walking Buffalo, a respected leader with the Stoney-Nakoda, struck a chord with us.

This museum presents another side to the Banff community, one which intertwines First Nations art and heritage Thank you for watching this episode of Travelingwith Krushworth.

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