Brewster to spend $26 million retrofitting upper terminal of Banff Gondola

CALGARY – Brewster Travel Canada says it will start a $26 million redevelopment of the upper terminal of the Banff Gondola cable car this fall.

The retrofitted building at Banff National Park, west of Calgary, will include a 40-seat cinema, expanded outdoor viewing areas, a 150-person event space, new food and beverage options, and improved washrooms.

Brewster has partnered with PCL Construction and sister-company Global Experience Specialists to design and build the new facility.

Construction is set to begin on Sept. 8, closing the upper terminal, while the gondola itself will remain open until Oct. 25 when it will close for the year.

The company plans to reopen the terminal on a limited basis on May 1 next year, and anticipates the project will be complete by August 2016.

The construction has been timed to minimize impact on the surrounding wildlife, and the footprint of the building will remain the same.