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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #11 of 32 attractions in Banff
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

For those looking for that perfect picture of the Banff Springs Hotel, this is the spot. It is a nice walk from the hotel as you have to walk up and down the Bow River.

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Vernon, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Great spot to stop for a photo opportunity. Nice little area to hike and get views of Banff Springs Hotel and the river.

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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Not too much to see here. But not sure why it is called surprise corner. Maybe it is a mystery. Time will tell.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is an easy drive and a simple way to get a great, memorable picture of an iconic image. We braved the cold and the trail closed sign to get a picture of the Banff Springs Hotel. We were staying there, so it was a must for us to capture this image for our memories. Worth the drive.

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Adelaide, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

If you are like me and love the Banff Springs you will appreciate taking a short drive to get a great photo. If you aren't interested in that, because that's all it is, then don't bother. But we found the hotel lovely, so pretty and full of charm. Got out of the car, appreciated the view, took a few photos... More

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

When you think of Banff, what do you think of as it image??? Yup, Surprise corner is that image of the Fairmount Hotel across from Bow Falls and River. A bit over done but if you what that picture everyone that visit Banff has than this is your place. Winter time is amazing picture that not everyone will have since... More

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Stevenage
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36 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Not far from Downtown Banff surprise corner offered us some wonderful views of the Banff springs hotel and the bow river which was all frozen in winter.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

What can we say. Not a heck of a lot to see here. Not sure what to say other than average but you do get a nice view of the Bow falls.

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Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a great little place on the corner of Tunnel Mountain Road where you can stop & get a great photo of the Banff Springs Hotel. They have viewing from the side of the road or you can climb some steps to a higher level as well.

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York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

While in Banff we walked down the side of Bow River and past Surprise Corner. Thinking we must have missed the surprise I have since looked up images for Surprise Corner. No surprise but a nice view.

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