Tuesday, June 19, 2012

FRANKLIN AVENUE IN BANFF: The Banff Gondola Ride

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My time in Banff was limited last week, leaving little time for extracurricular efforts. That meant no trip to Lake Louise and no major excursions. But I did find time to do a little hiking, and on the last night of my stay I decided to shuttle up to the top of Sulphur Mountain (nearly 8,000 feet) via the Banff Gondola.

After 4 p.m., the price drops to $30 -- and it was actually worth it. The view of six mountain ranges and the town of Banff below is truly breathtaking. Unlike the Palm Springs Tram, which holds a crowd, the Banff Gondola is smaller and built for just four people. Here are some shots from the Banff Gondola:

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The view from the top, looking toward the Fairmont

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Snow-capped mountains

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More! Stop me if you're getting bored.

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Another view of the Fairmont Hotel below.

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Remains of the Banff weather station, built in the 1920s

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Back down the Gondola

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