Awesome Alberta: Sulphur Mountain's boardwalk is breathtaking (PHOTOS)

Nov 27 2019, 1:28 pm

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Take a walk on the skyward side.

Nestled into the Rocky Mountains and a short distance away from Banff sits Sulphur Mountain, home of the Banff Upper Hot Springs, two research facilities, a gondola, and an extensive network of boardwalks.

While it may not be the most visited of Kananaskis Country’s mountains – the ski resorts obviously have that honour – Sulphur Mountain still gets its fair share of visitors, and for good reason.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

What’s there?

Home to the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station and a meteorological observatory building, the mountain has become a go-to destination for people looking to get a bird’s eye view of the beauty offered by the Rocky Mountains.

People can take a scenic gondola ride up to the top, or the tougher – though arguably more fun – option of hiking the 2,281-metre ascent (weather permitting, of course). Either way, the view at the top is spectacular, with many vantage points offered by the mountains kilometre-long boardwalk.

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Where is it?

The Sulphur Mountain boardwalk sits 7,500 ft in the sky, and spans one full kilometre of scenic sights.

The gondola base is located at the base of Sulphur Mountain, which is due south of the town of Banff.

How do you get there?

To get to the gondola base, all you need to do is head south on Mountain Avenue from Banff. If you’re driving, you should note that parking is limited. The Roam Transit Local Route 1 shuttle service is also available from Banff and costs $2.

Once there, you’ll be able to hop onto the gondola for $58 (advanced admission) or $64 on arrival. Admission after 5 pm drops down to $49, and Alberta residents can visit for $49 at any time of day.

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