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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bow falls” (64 reviews)
“fairmont hotel” (32 reviews)
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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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1 - 10 of 467 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

On the outskirts of town, there is a lookout a called Surprise Corner with great views of the Banff Springs Hotel nestled in the mountains... and we saw a deer!

Thank Raina H
Reviewed 4 days ago

A decent place to stop to catch a good view of the hotel but not for much else. Don't get hit by a car.

Thank thepartyingtraveler
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A definite stop on your way out! 👍The view is amazing and well worth the stop. There is even a great hiking trail to follow.

Thank Curse68
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views of "The Castle" or Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls. There is a lovely walk down along the river. The trail begins at the back end of the parking lot. In winter, you might want some "yak traks" or something to give you...More

Thank Banffyoga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small viewing platform with very limited parking which creates a very frustrating scenario. There were tourists filling the road as we tried to get into the car park (room for about a dozen vehicles) and when we finally got parked up after...More

Thank Turkish_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful view of the Fairmont. There was light snow when we visited but the views from the platform were great

Thank annonline
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great view of the Banff Springs hotel, but very limited parking. If you follow the hoodoo trail you can walk down to the Bow River where you will have much nicer views of the mountains. We walked down a long way, made for a nice...More

Thank adventuremom28
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There could be a variety of surprises at this lovely spot near the Banff Centre where Buffalo Street and Tunnel Mountain Drive meet. The first surprise is the gorgeous views of the Fairmont Banff Springs. There aren't a lot of places in Banff to get...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked here to see what the surprise is and it is a beautiful view of the fancy hotel that we had just visited. Worth stopping to see it.

Thank amarieslosser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

OK, so it is a lovely view. But there are so many better views in the area. Drive half way up to Stoney Squaw trailhead for example (up the Norquay Avenue past the turns for the highway), ten times and more the view is on...More

Thank Peter F
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3,095 reviews
.21 km away
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254 reviews
.19 km away
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.02 km away
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