Sighseeing Chairlift

Unique Experiences

Banff Norquay

More than just a chairlift ride, take a scenic ride into the sky as you pass over natural grizzly and black bear habitat while experiencing breathtaking views of the iconic Mt Rundle.

What you can expect

Unlike an enclosed Gondola, an open-air chairlift allows you to ride up the mountain with your legs dangling freely below you. Each chair is outfitted with a safety bar so you aren’t in any danger of falling out.

The chairlift ride is 8 minutes up and 8 minutes down. At the top you will find jaw dropping vistas, high-alpine dining in an avalanche proof restaurant hand carved into the side of the mountain, breathtaking views of Banff and the Bow Valley, mountain climbing and the #1 activity in Banff, Big Horn Sheep, an interpretive walkway and a couple of ground squirrels.

Duration

8 mins

Weather requirements

  • Dress appropriately for the day's weather

Highlights

  • Spot one of Banff's resident grizzly or black bears
  • Ride to 7,000 ft above sea level
  • Amazing photo opportunities

Meet location

Mt Norquay

Driving directions

  • Mt Norquay shuttle service - Free and runs hourly from a variety of convenient pick-up and drop-off points along Banff Avenue and town center. The shuttle will drive you and your party up the beautiful switchbacks to Mt Norquay, dropping off directly outside North American Lodge and guest services. No need to book a seat, just hop on at one of the designated pick-up locations.
  • Driving from Banff (approx 5 min) - Leave Banff via Lynx Street, connecting onto Mt Norquay Road. Cross over the TransCanada, Highway 1, continuing up the road for 5 minutes along the switchbacks. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Canmore (approx 30 min) - Leave Canmore driving West on the Trans Canada, Highway 1. Upon reaching Banff, take the second exit and turn right heading up and towards Mt Norquay. Continue up Norquay road along the switchbacks for 5 minutes. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Calgary (approx 1hr20min) - Drive West out of Calgary and onto the Trans Canada, Highway 1. Follow Highway 1 for one hour to Banff. Upon reaching Banff, take the second exit and turn right heading up and towards Mt Norquay. Continue up Norquay road along the switchbacks for 5 minutes. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Lake Louise (approx 45min) - Leave Lake Louise traveling eastbound on the Trans-Canada, Highway 1. Upon reaching Banff, take the first exit before turning left, crossing back over the Highway heading up Mt Norquay Road. Continue up the road for 5 minutes along the switchbacks. Pass the main car park on your right making your way to the parking lot marked P2, 100 meters up the road on your left-hand side.

Location

Restrictions

  • Children 1 and under cannot ride the chairlift for safety reasons
  • Chairlift cannot accommodate pets

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

This activity is available on request.

Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number

Comments

  • Children aged 5 and under ride free

Regular rate

Adult (aged 13+) $29.00 CAD
Child (aged 6 – 12) $19.00 CAD

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