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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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USD 105.94*
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Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
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USD 51.65*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Absolutely a must-see location. You really want to go in the morning though if you want good shots of the hotel in the distance. You'll also want to bring a long lens (ie... read more

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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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92 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely a must-see location. You really want to go in the morning though if you want good shots of the hotel in the distance. You'll also want to bring a long lens (ie 200-400mm) and a tripod if you plan to shoot the hotel. The hoodoos are something to see, and you can often see canoers and kayakers paddling by.

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Thank Geoff M
Brooksville, Florida
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped and took a walk up a boardwalk to get really nice pictures of Banff Springs Hotel. Be careful crossing street as it is quite a busy place.

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Thank LittleLuella
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is really a nice lookout and certainly worth the 5 min drive from town to visit. There is a car park 2 mins from the lookout point and it certainly provides a very scenic view of the Fairmont Hotel and the Bow River.

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Thank Victor K
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quick stop on the side of the road. Can be a lot of tourists, but easy enough to just stop by and have a quick picture before continuing on the tour of banff.

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Thank CoreyjRo
Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy walk (or drive) from downtown Banff. The river trail was beautiful and well marked. This is the same spot professional photographers have used.

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Thank Seattle-Black
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This scenic view lives up to its name. A lovely view of the Bow River, Chateau, and surrounding mountains.

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Thank Alexis J
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little corner is at a bend in the road and gives a wonderful view over the valley and the Banff Springs Hotel. Get there early because the car park fills up quickly.

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Thank sstoney52
Adelaide, Australia
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124 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A combination of paths and walking by the side of the road leads to a gorgeous view of the bow falls and the fairmont chateaux in the distance. You may however choose to walk off the beaten path following a very frail trail clinging to the side of a cliff for better views but not recommended if you're scared if... More 

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Thank Arkadiusz W
Joburg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A perfect opportunity to take a photo of the world renowned Fairmont Springs . A quick walk or drive from the center of Banff takes you to the look out point.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, the views from the turnoff are lovely indeed - great photo opportunities. But after you do that - walk the easy grade down and experience the beautiful forest.

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