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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #8 of 22 Attractions in Banff
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks

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Edmonton, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Nice way to see the impressive side of The Banff Springs Hotel. Not a lot of traffic. Only negative is the viewing platform is closed, maybe just for the winter?

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Rigaud, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Well worth the drive. We could see it from our room, and the staff recommended the visit. We're glad we did, if only to get a great shot of the Banff Springs Hotel. But there was much more. the panorama was stunning.

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Brisbane, Australia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Surprise - there's the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - so what. There's a small carpark area and then you have to walk back along the road for a view of the Bow River and the hotel.

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Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is one of the best spots to take a photo of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Absolutely magnificent. We stopped here in October and there was nobody around.

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Manitou Springs CO
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137 reviews 137 reviews
30 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a very good spot to set up for a photo of the hotel. You can also get the river in the foreground. Close to downtown Banff.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The falls are nice and the view of the hotel is ok, but the hike to the hoo doos along the river is quite nice. No hard scrambles, some up and down, but the scenery and views are quite nice. the hoo doos are a bit of a let down, but the walk is nice. saw a huge Bull Elk... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The surprise is worth it. The view of The Fairmont Banff Springs is one that I admired online, and now that I experienced the view first hand, I appreciate it even more.

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Cheshire
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180 reviews 180 reviews
93 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A very short drive from Banff Town Center there is an outlook that offers a lovely view of the Bow Falls and the surrounding countryside split only by the imposing Fairmont Hotel. They have biult a lookout that gives an okay view of the falls but there are some pathways that allow you to get a better angle and therefore... More 

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south Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
22 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Less than a mile up Buffalo Street from downtown Banff, offering a nice overlook of Bow Falls (with the Fairmont in the background), a forested trail down to its bank, which also continues on the uphill side probably back to downtown. No charge. Just good luck sometimes finding a parking place in peak season. Here Buffalo St. becomes Tunnel Mountain... More 

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Birmingham
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Surprise Corner is a wonderful place to have a picture of Banff Springs Hotel with Sulphur Mountain in the background. It's a really striking scenic view. That said, in an area as beautiful as Banff, where isn't?!

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