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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #13 of 32 Attractions in Banff
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Narooma, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Surprise Corner offers a wonderful position to have a photo with the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with Sulphur Mountain as the backdrop. A viewing platform provides an elevated position and car and coach parking is provided. A spot not to be missed that gives an alternative perspective to photograph the famous hotel. Best time to photograph is mid morning... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

You have to go here to get that photo everyone has, so give in, make the short drive up the hill, park with the others who take up most of the parking spots. It is worth it for the one perfect photo.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
69 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

One thing to point out is that if you are walking to Surprise Corner, the signposts at the car park suggest that you walk straight past the viewing platform. This will take you on a short rocky trail which is worth following for the view of the mountain and river, a good spot to stop off for lunch. It turns... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A perfect place to stop and get a picture of The Banff Springs Hotel. There also appeared to be lovely walking trails down to Bow Falls.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Not much to say other than I was a little underwhelmed by the view - I was expecting something a little different I suppose , interesting view but nothing special.

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Dallas, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It was a nice surprise. It is up top looking down at Bow Falls. A very pretty view of the water falls and the river. You have to drive the Tunnel Mountain Road to get to it.

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Atlanta, GA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Surprise Corner is directly across the Bow River from the Bow river Falls viewpoint and gives a more dramatic view of the Falls and the canyon. Easy to get to from Banff Ave.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stop at the corner for a great viewpoint of the hotel BUT tunnel mountain trail is nearby. It's an 'easy' hike, they say but gently uphill the entire way. I found it taxing BUT the views on the top 5500 feet above sea level mt was breathtaking. You have vistas on both sides of the mountain - one overlooks Banff,... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is only a quick stop really, although you can hike down to the river in front of the falls. To be honest the view from the Bow Falls carpark is as good and no need to hike. Anyway, Surprise Corner is worth a stop. Walk up the river on the road to the kerb stones and you can walk... More

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Red Deer, AB Canada
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Surprise corner is a must do! Stop and take a look at the majestic Banff Springs Hotel from the other side of the hotel! Stunning!

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