Best Outdoor Mountain Attractions

The winner and runners-up of Avenue’s Best of the Mountains 2023 ballot, where readers voted for their favourite places to eat, stay and play in the mountains near Calgary.

Banff Gondola. Photo courtesy of Pursuit.


Banff Gondola

The eight-minute Banff Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain is already an exciting experience on its own, and at the top, you’re greeted with even more wonderment as you overlook six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley and the town of Banff. Stroll along the outdoor boardwalk and visit the Cosmic Ray Station, a national historic site of Canada, or head into the Above Banff Interpretive Centre to learn more about Banff and see the landscapes in a cinematic setting in the Above Banff Theatre. You can also grab a drink or bite at spots like Castle Mountain Coffee, Sky Bistro, Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen or the Peak Patio.

100 Mountain Ave., Banff, 866-756-1904,



Sunshine Meadows

1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff, 877-542-2633,


Radium Hot Springs

7556 Main St. East, Radium Hot Springs, B.C., 250-347-9331,


Fernie Alpine Resort Bike Park

5339 Fernie Ski Hill Rd., Fernie, B.C., 250-423-4655,


Banff Upper Hot Springs

1 Mountain Ave., Banff, 800-767-1611,

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