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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Hardly a surprise, but a short drive from the centre of Banff to a small carpark that accesses this elevated viewing platform. A walk along the roadside also avails view of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, but I suppose the surprise was the view...More

Thank CodyMav
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The parking lot is small, and there are a few spots up where you can park on the side of the road. You can walk up to a platform for views of the Fairmont Banff Springs across the Bow River -- stay on the platform...More

Thank A M
Reviewed 4 days ago

This viewpoint is in a mountain overlooking the Banff hotel and the falls. It's a short distance from the road bend. Near the bend there's a small free parking, which is a short distance from the viewing terrace. Need to climb some steps to rach...More

Thank wisniak
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the signage hard to figure out, but we walked both sides of the river. I felt a bit unsafe walking on the mountain road right next to the drop off to the river. Very pretty. We walked up to it form our hotel.

Thank Carol984010
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great view point offering a spectacular view of the Banff Springs Hotel. Can get crowded depending on the time of day visited.

Thank travelstar9_torcan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to go if you want a photo that includes the mountains and the grand Fairmont Hotel - plus Bow Falls below if you stand at the right spot. A photographer's dream!

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What I found most interesting about the Surprise Corner was actually the architecture of the lookout, and the posted signage about the history and the trees. There's not a lot to see here, and it can get quite busy with the tour buses stopping here....More

Thank blobbycakes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The platform across the street was a great idea, the parking lot was a little small for a busy holiday weekend. The Hotel is quite the grand dame and is a wonderful reminder of the grandeur of yesteryear.

Thank NeedSomeSunNow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect location to take photos of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The Tunnel Drive takes you to this place. Not much of parking space, may have to wait a bit or park on the street. Care is needed since it is located on a steep bend....More

Thank jparekh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be careful or you will drive right by this place. There is limited parking here so just be aware of this. The lookout looks to be newly renovated and offers a spectacular view of the Bow River valley area and a view of the Banff...More

Thank Seppster58
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