An eight minute ride on the Banff gondola will take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb over 2,000 ft to an elevation of 7,500 ft at the top of the world~~
Earlier this year, the Gardener and I took a magnificent trip to the Canadian Rockies. (You can read about this trip in my earlier posts They can be accessed from my sidebar under the heading Our Rocky Mountain High.)
Somehow I got busy with lots of other blog postings and I never got around to doing this last post - the incredible views from the top of the mountain. It just didn't seem right to be looking at mountains covered with snow - while we were in the middle of summer! So- I saved these photos until now. It seems fitting to start out the new year from the top of the world~~
The gondola ride is only half the journey of this amazing experience. When you reach the summit of Sulphur Mountain you can exit the building and witness the breathtaking 360 degree views.
Below you, the Bow River Valley spreads out in a glorious vista of rushing water and jagged mountain peaks. The summit offers a new perspective on the peaks you've been straining your neck to gawk upward at; on Sulphur Mountain, you're at their level, so you can look not only straight at them but also beyond -- to more distant peaks and valleys in almost every direction.
Standing here on the Baniff skywalk - you can't help but feel that you really are on top of the world. Come along with me - let's walk along the one mile trail, stopping along the way to take photos and view the incredible scenery. (you don't need your coat or gloves - it is unbelievably warm up here!)
The summit boasts an unbelievable restaurant here on the top of this mountain! With astounding views from every table in the circular restaurant- this was THE most perfect place for our lunch on this afternoon trip.
Let's go back outside and walk along the skywalk some more~~
|Doesn't everyone take their dog along on gondola rides to the top of the mountain?|
Have you enjoyed the views from the top of the world? Did I tell you there was a Starbucks in the gondola terminal - and a gift shop? I'm headed there now!
Here we are at the start of a brand New Year. To me, the birth of a New Year is a time for reflection~ an opportunity for change, a chance to make a dream come true, a rare "one more chance" to develop a greater appreciation for what is really important in your life~
Whatever you wish for - whatever you desire in this New Year - I hope that you reach out and make it happen. Every day, every minute, every hour is a treasure. Make each one count~
Happy New Year!