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Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola, Sky Bistro, places to eat in Banff

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1 Mountain Avenue
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At the 2,281-m (7,486-ft) summit complex of the Banff Gondola sightseeing lift choose full-service Sky Bistro, self-serve Northern Lights Café or grab-and-go Castle Mountain Coffee. The incredible 360° view includes Banff townsite, Cascade and Rundle mountains, the Bow River, Lake Minnewanka, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and golf course, and (if you’re lucky) a herd of bighorn sheep. Allow time to enjoy the interpretive displays, observation decks and Sulphur Mountain boardwalk. Facilities are available for private group and special occasion bookings.


Glass walls and window-side tables bring the outside in and offer dramatic mountain views. Sky Bistro’s elegant and relaxed décor is accented with tree trunks, antlers and historic Banff photography; the lounge area offers soft seating and high seats at the bar. At Northern Lights Café, chefs carving roasts and serving hot entrées elevates the cafeteria experience.

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  • All venues feature Canadian foods, beers and wines. Find fresh produce, on-site baking and Starbucks coffee.

Sky Bistro

  • Appetizers: roast tomato gin soup; steamed mussels; crab doughnuts; charcuterie selection; split pea and smoked hock
  • Salads: Caesar; kale; roast beet (add salmon, chicken, beef striploin, foie gras)
  • Lunch: beer battered cod; bison burger; smoked meat; steak sandwich; chicken pot pie; lasagne
  • Line-Caught Sockeye Salmon: warm potato salad, grape tomato, lemon aioli
  • Alberta Beef Short Ribs: Merlot demi-glace, caramelized root vegetables, buttermilk mashed potato, fried leek
  • Gnocchi: wild mushroom medley, caramelized onion, vinaigrette, shaved hazelnut, blistered grape tomato, fresh herbs

Northern Lights Café

  • Carved-to-order roast, hot dishes, sandwiches, paninis, baked goods

Sky Bistro: mains $19 to $32; Sky Experience $65 (includes gondola ticket and two courses; book online)

Sky Bistro Drinks:  wines $39 to $73, 15 choices; $10 to $13.75 by the glass; local craft beer $6.50; locally distilled spirits $7

Sky Bistro: April 1 to Oct 10, 11:00 am to 7:30 pm (last seating); Oct 10 to March 31, Tue-Sat 11 am to 7:30 pm last seating, Sun/Mon 11 am to 3 pm

Northern Lights Cafe: April 1 to Oct 10


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