Best View of the Canadian Rockies

Is Banff Gondola worth it

Banff Gondola review

Travel post is always the hardest for me to write because of the vast sea of photos that I have to sort and classify. This is the first one I’m writing about my Canada trip 3 weeks ago and somehow I’ve gotten around to it.

Sulphur Mountain Canada

When people are planning to see the Canadian Rockies for the first time chances are they don’t know where to start. The area is so huge with full of magnificent vistas to check out but honestly you can start anywhere, go to lakes, mountains or the neighbouring quaint towns but I was lucky our friends and guides knew exactly where to begin for an unforgettable adventure.

Banff Gondola blog

On our second day in Calgary we got up really early (5am, is there any earlier than that :)) headed to Banff Gondola to beat the traffic and hopefully secure a parking spot easily. Apparently, this area is notorious to jam up pretty quickly and spoil anyone’s day finding parking and queuing for the ride. The drive from Calgary to Banff was about 2 hours which was actually enjoyable because of the stunning landscapes and mountains we passed by along the way. For breakfast I had my first taste of Tim Horton’s homestyle biscuit and I have to say that it’s not bad at all.

Where to get the best view of the RockiesBanff Gondola Parking area review

The gondola’s fee is $70 which is quite pricey for an 8-minute ride to the top but it’s the top’s view that justifies the cost. The 360º view of the Rockies was magnificent, several mountain ranges can be seen starting from the Sulphur Mountain. The gondola ride itself was fascinating, even my LVs had a great time 🙂

The best gondola rideBanff Gondola pictureWhat to do in Banff

Most notable views are the Sanson’s Peak with Cascade Mountain in the far right in the first pic and Sundance Range in the 2nd pic below.

Sanson's Peak Canada Sundance Range Canada

But my most favourite view would be the valley where you can see Banff town, Bow River and the Banff Springs Hotel. The Lake Minnewanka on the far distance was also magnificent to behold.

Banff Town view from the topWhat to wear in Banff Gondola

It was still summer when I went there and I wasn’t thinking of bringing heavy layers but I wasn’t feeling 100% that day from the long flight I just had a day earlier (16 hours from Sydney) and the cold that I caught from my son so I decided to bring my long thick cardigan. I was also wearing a warm jumper that I got from Topshop which I thought would be enough. But boy, I was so thankful to bring extra layer and a beanie since it got really chilly up there.

Topshop sweater reviewHow to dress in Banff Canada

My coated black jeans were also warm and the white sneakers with snake print were not only comfortable but also fashionable as animal print trend is still going strong these days. Lastly, my new acquisition in the bag department which is an LV Montsouris sealed the look.

Have you seen the Rockies from the top? Please share in the comment.

Louis Vuitton Montsouris backpack review

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Pink dotted cardigan similar here and here
Red jumper from Topshop
Backpack from Louis Vuitton
Pants from Vero Moda
Sneakers from Piper