Mountain Climbing

 

Disclaimer: We didn’t actually climb this mountain as the title implies. I think my 5 year old twins would complain just a little too much for my liking and patience. Instead, we had a little {fun} help climbing this mountain!

banff sulphur moutain gondola

On our family trip to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, we did what we always do when in the town of Banff – take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain! No matter how many times we have done this over the years, it’s one attraction that never gets old. 

banff sulphur mountain gondola myorganizedchaos

The exhilaration as you climb higher and higher. The amazing views of mountains, trees, lakes, rivers … it’s all very overwhelming. One of the most popular things to do in Banff, the Banff Gondola attracts visitors from all over the world. 

Adults aside, it’s the expressions and reactions from the kids that I always enjoy most. We took the twins up the Gondola when they were babies, to toddler and now as Kindergarteners. At this age, it’s like a whole new experience each time. A little lit of ‘OMG!’ looks and a whole lot of “Weeeee”, the smiles it brings is totally worth it. Families must climb when traveling to Banff. 

On the way up the Gondola you can see famed Banff Springs Hotel, the town of Banff and beyond. Each time I take this ride, I notice something new in the distance. It’s simply beautiful.

fairmont banff springs hotel sulphur mountain myorganizedchaos

 

banff town sulphur mountain gondola tour

Once you are at the top and you get a 360° view of the entire area. It’s astounding!

sulphur mountain gondola banff

The last time we stood atop Sulphur Mountain, it was very cold and windy {early May}, yet we really lucked in with the weather on this trip. One of the hottest days of the year, there was no wind and it was incredibly warm. So, while we did wear our lightest jackets preparing for some chill, they were not needed at all. It was a clear and sunny day, no obstruction with the view beyond. Incredible! 

family travel banff sulphur mountain

We walked all around, studying every angle and taking in the beauty. It’s something that will take your breath away and make you really appreciate life. Plus, so peaceful and serene, you feel the stress of life slip away. A much needed slow of life.

family travel banff alberta

The girls made a little friend, to which they aptly named ‘Brittany’ after one of the Chipettes. It came right up to them, probably used to tourists feeding them often. 

wildlife banff sulphur mountain gondola

Little fun fact: what animal found in the Canadian Rocky Mountains causes the most trips to the hospital emergency room annually? Squirrels, people! Don’t feed them, they bite! So, little Brittany was sad to find that we had no food. Yet the girls liked to see her{?} up close on the top of a mountain!

canadian rockies banff wildlife

Once again proving to be an incredible family trip ‘mountain climbing’. Until next time, Sulphur Mountain, take care!

** For pricing and more information on the Banff Gondola, please visit the Explore Rockies website. It’s THE site for all the great attractions and activities for this tour and for other family-friendly things to do in the Banff area. 

My family received complimentary Gondola passes to facilitate this travel article. All opinions are 100% our own.

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Comments

  1. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I’d be alittle scared on that. your girls are so cute and your oldest really is a mini you.

  2. Soozle says:

    I have been to that exact spot and it is STUNNING! It can be a little scary getting up there – but so worth it!

    Glad to hear you and the fam have had a great trip! :D

  3. Gorgeous scenery! I was in Banff about 10 years ago and it was beautiful. I’m scared of heights, but I think a ride like that would be worth it for the views.

  4. What a beautiful place, the views are breathtaking.

  5. I haven’t been to Banff yet, but would really love to go! Your photos look amazing and my children would absolutely LOVE “climbing the mountain!” Plus, the squirrel is too adorable!

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    I laughed out loud at your disclaimer, but I would have been surprised and impressed indeed to read that you ladies managed the climb without the help! They got so close to the squirrel!

  7. Anne Taylor says:

    I love Banff! We’ve been there (driven through and had lunch) a few times; we really need to take the Gondola trip next time!

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