Brewster Travel Canada is enhancing its flagship attraction, the Banff Gondola.
The company has started a $26 million redevelopment of its upper terminal building, which will make it a premier mountaintop experience.
Brewster has partnered with PCL Construction and sister-company Global Experience Specialists to design and build the new facility. While the footprint will remain the same, the existing structure will be retrofitted with modern amenities including elevated public spaces and improved washroom facilities.
The transformation will also see the addition of a 40-seat cinema, an expanded rooftop viewing deck with 360 degree views of Banff, the Bow Valley and the surrounding mountains; a conference space that will accommodate groups of up to 150 people; and new f&b options.
“Generations of explorers have visited Banff National Park to discover all it has to offer. The enhancements we announced today will ensure all future guests are able to harness their spirit of adventure with a world-class mountaintop experience unlike any other in the Rocky Mountains or around the globe,” said David McKenna, president of Brewster Travel Canada.
To ensure minimal impact on the surrounding wildlife of Sulphur Mountain, scheduling of potentially disruptive activities has been planned to avoid the most sensitive period for wildlife species. Construction began on September 8, 2015 at which time the existing upper terminal facilities were closed to the public.
The Banff Gondola will be fully operational and the Banff SummitWalk will be fully accessible through October 25, 2015 after which time it will close to the public for the rest of the year. Limited facilities in the new upper terminal will re-open to the public on May 1, 2016 with full project completion anticipated for August 1, 2016.