Natasha calls Canmore, Alberta home. After traveling across seven continents and 90 countries with Cameron, she settled down in the stunning Canadian Rockies. She is a winter enthusiast and loves to snowboard, ice skate, and nordic ski and enjoy all the fantastic summer opportunities in Banff like hiking, scrambling, and biking. Learn more on the about us page!

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  1. Very helpful coming to Banff June 22 for only about 36 hours lake Louise tour 4 hours is already pre planned but I will be definitely try to fit in gondola and hot springs after reading your article
    Thank you coming from Scotland trying to squish in as much as possible

  2. Hi Natasha, your information has been very helpful regarding planning our upcoming stay in Banff at the end of May. We are staying at the Rimrock Hotel for 3 nights so will be taking the gondola up Sulphur Mountain and visiting the hot springs and you answered some of my queries. Is it worth taking the chairlift from Banff and lunching at the Cliffhouse Bistro, or should we eat at the restaurant at the top of Sulphur Mountain? We’ve booked afternoon tea at Lake Louise, is it worth the money, as we can still cancel. Your opinion would be gratefully received.
    Thanks again for your help, Ann

    1. Hi Ann, I would say if you are already doing the Banff Gondola up Sulphur and have lunch at the Sky Bistro you should skip the Cliffhouse Bistro and chairlift. Although the views are different, the experience is similar so perhaps plan another activity.

      Personally, (as I don’t care much for afternoon tea+small plates) I do not think that afternoon tea is worth the price tag. As you can enjoy the views of Lake Louise for free. However, everyone’s opinion is different and some really enjoy afternoon tea. If you are going to do it, it’s hard to find a more beautiful place. Another option is to hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse and have tea and a scone there

  3. You mentioned that mornings/evenings are the best time to visit the hot springs. If visiting in the middle of the week in March, is it still just as busy in the middle of the day or are evenings/mornings still the best option? Thanks!