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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Ranked #12 of 33 attractions in Banff
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
47 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nice view of fairmont banff hotel. Better with all lights lit up after sunset for good picture . Saw some elk too..

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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I stumbled up this road accidentally (by car) and to my SURPRISE, there was a fantastic view of Fairmont Banff Springs. It's only a few minutes drive from the centre of town, which is nice. Very cool - bring a camera!

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Kilkeel Co Down N Ireland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Was here and did not even it was a favourite viewpoint.There are soooooooooo many lovely viewpoints around this area that you need to leave enought time to stop and savor them. there is a great view of the Banff Springs Hotel which is also a must to visit. It is a real pity that there are so many steps to... More

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Key West, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Close to town so it a very quick drive. Walk up a few stairs to a nice viewing platform. Great place for trip photos.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have been to Banff twice. Each time I have walked from the city center to Surprise Corner. As mentioned before, it is a lovely vantage point to see the Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow River. The funny thing is, the last time I was there, I didn't realize it had a name. It truly was a surprise when... More

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Liverpool, England
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We wondered what would happen when we got to Surprise Corner. Would someone, perhaps even in native dress, jump out from behind a tree, or maybe a totem pole, and shout "Boo!"? Surprise corner is basically a vantage point for a pretty view that is accessed at a tight bend in the road. For safety there are pedestrian-operated safety lights... More

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A good place to go. Very beautiful scenes. It's cold this year and the lake is pretty icy. I saw snow at many places. It's chilly with wind around the lake.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

After about a 15-20 minute walk from the town center, there you are overlooking the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel on a bluff right across the river and the river itself becomes fast-moving rapids called Bow Falls. We took a lunch along with us and enjoyed the view and good informational charts provided.

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Lloydminster, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We really enjoyed the drive on the tunnel mountain road and the view of the Banff springs hotel from the other side of the river.

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Bulverde, Texas
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407 reviews 407 reviews
189 attraction reviews
806 helpful votes 806 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a quick and fun stop with marvelous views of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Just be careful as you are wandering across the road and surprise the drivers!

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