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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
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+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed yesterday

looked beautiful with History behind this building , very nice location in between mountains. Did not have enough time to visit inside

Thank Ghanshyam1949
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Short distance from downtown, if you want to capture the famous Fairmont hotel with mountains in the background this would be a perfect location to capture it. A nice spot while driving through the mountains and its on the way to tunnel mountain drive.

Thank LDR1611
Reviewed 4 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 5 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 6 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 2 weeks 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 3 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
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