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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Banff National Park Tour with a Small Group
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  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
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“bow falls” (67 reviews)
“fairmont hotel” (32 reviews)
LOCATION
Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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"banff springs hotel"
in 51 reviews
"bow falls"
in 67 reviews
"fairmont hotel"
in 32 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 22 reviews
"the river"
in 53 reviews
"iconic photo"
in 5 reviews
"iconic hotel"
in 5 reviews
"quick picture"
in 5 reviews
"great viewpoint"
in 7 reviews
"crossing the road"
in 8 reviews
"limited parking"
in 9 reviews
"parking lot"
in 26 reviews
"photo opportunity"
in 12 reviews
"beautiful view"
in 18 reviews
"great photos"
in 5 reviews
"short drive"
in 8 reviews
"take pictures"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

What a lovely spot. Perfect view of the valley, the river, the Springs, and even the Rimrock. There’s a spot to pull over and get some great shots.

Thank Jenn G
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Reviewed yesterday

Many view points along the way and all are worth checking out. Actually Banff National park is so beautiful it is hard to go wrong stopping anywhere and admiring the mountains and views.

Thank Joanne G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprise Corner is the best location get a great photo of the Fairmont Banff Springs. I like the viewing area by the bend in the road with the trees and rocks rather than the woody viewing platform above. This is a good photo op location...More

Thank Beth v
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a good panoramic view of Fairmont hotel and surrounding mountains but only limited view of Bow River below. You need to travel to the opposite side of the river to get a proper view of the Bow Falls

Thank travelmoreBrisbane
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to do here but check out the scenery; but if you have the time would definitely spot by. Enjoyed watching the power of the river beneath the canyon

Thank EIZNEKCM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can get there via car, or hike - and we hiked the 1.2 km from the main street. It was a nice, quiet walk along the river, and we were able to see some wildlife along the way! Beautiful view!

Thank StaceyH44
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we stayed at the Banff Springs Hotel, this location offered an exceptional photo opportunity as the view from here combines a great outlook over Bow Cascades and the magnificent Hotel

Thank Leanne O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprise corner was named after a remark from the Queen many years ago, and is indeed a very pleasant surprise. We walked up the riverside path, bumped into a deer on the way, then did the last bit along the road as the old path...More

Thank Badcat110
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Just a quick trip off Banff Ave, you'll find this sightseeing gem! The view facing the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and Sulphur mountain is breathtaking. Below is the bow river/bow falls area! This is a must stop lovstion. Parking is limited, so park in the...More

2  Thank Alanna A
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

We took a walk one afternoon from the middle of Banff up the road to Surprise Corner and happened to be there just before sunset. The view was great and we had an awesome time strolling around some of the trails down by the water...More

2  Thank cfoster2018
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