Once winter arrives, you might want to hibernate inside and wait for the above zero temperatures to return. But you would be missing out on seeing the breathtaking wintery landscape that tourists come across the globe to see. After being dusted in sparkling snow, Banff is one of the most stunning spots to go for a winter hike. Even if you aren't much of a hiker, this magical 1 km boardwalk trail in Alberta is a must-see as it offers breathtaking mountain top views.
This hike is perfect for anyone, even if you hate the cold as it is so easy to do. You can take a peaceful eight-minute ride on the Banff Gondola to the summit (2,281 metres).
From the top, you can enjoy a stroll on the boardwalk that will take you to Sanson Peak and Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site.
This route is straightforward and safe, as it is flat and well maintained even in the winter.
The views on the hike are some of the best in the province, as you'll be able to see the mountain peaks and Bow Valley.
You'll want to make sure to stop at the breathtaking lookouts, where you'll be able to marvel at the natural beauty of Canada's first national park.
After your quick hike, you can then warm up next to the outdoor fire pits at the rooftop deck. Or you can get cozy inside, and enjoy a meal at one of the two restaurants where you can further take in the jaw-dropping views.
For the best price on the Banff Gondola, you'll want to buy your tickets online. Round trip tickets start at $53, but if you go after 5 p.m., you can save up to 20%.
If you are feeling adventurous, it is also possible to hike the 5.5-kilometre Sulphur Mountain Trail to the top, so you don't need to pay for the gondola.
The 4-hour trip is moderate in difficulty and will take you up the switchback pathway.
Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk
Price: From $53 per person for the roundtrip gondola ride (free if you hike the entire route)
Address: 100 Mountain Ave., Banff, AB
Why You Need To Go: On this easy hike, you can take in some of the best views in the province.
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