|Getting There |||Adjacent to Upper Hot Springs on Mountain Ave|
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Profile Last Updated: June 11, 2008
If you're heading into Banff this weekend, why not put on your hiking boots and retrace Norman Bethune Sanson's footsteps on a well-defined and maintained 5.3-kilometre trail up to Sanson's Peak and visit the Sulphur Mountain Weather Observatory. Norman Bethune Sanson made this trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain more than 1,000 times in his 36-year career as the town's meteorologist.
A Hefty Hike or a Fun Ride
On Saturday, July 18, 1959 the Sulphur Mountain Gondola officially opened. It was the first bi-cable gondola in North America and the first gondola of any kind in Canada. Today it remains the only bi-cable gondola in Canada. Here, you can retrace Sanson's footsteps on a well-defined and maintained 5.3-kilometre trail up to Sanson's Peak and visit the Sulphur Mountain Weather Observatory. If you’d rather not, take the eight-minute gondola ride to the 7,500-foot observation deck and explore some of the scenic trails.
View from the Top
On a clear day the view is spectacular and there's also a pretty good chance you'll spot some wildlife. When you’re finished riding the Gondola grab a bite to eat at The Summit Restaurant or The new Regal View Garden Restaurant. They serve, breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the gift shop you’ll find jackets, sweaters, postcards and loads of fun souvenirs. To remember the event, don’t forget to drop by the photo shop and get a picture of yourself riding the gondola!