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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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You can get great views of the iconic hotel "The Fairmont" Banff Springs as well as the Valley. You don't need to spend too much time here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You can get great views of the iconic hotel "The Fairmont" Banff Springs as well as the Valley. You don't need to spend too much time here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for a photo vantage point to get some really great images of the Banff Springs Hotel this is the place. You'll find excellent views of the BSH at Surprise Corner. We found surprise corner was a real surprise for one motorist who had plowed in to a tree since they rounded the corner too fast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We usually park down town in Banff and walk. Surprise corner is a nice easy hike (slight slope) from Banff town centre or easily accessible by car. There is ample parking at the location that provides beautiful views of the hotel and Sulfur Mountain.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great location to view the Fairmont Hotel and take photos. It's also the beginning of the Bow Valley/Hoodoo Trail. We decided to hike the distance all the way. If you don't want to hike the trail you can drive to the end and walkdown to the lookout to view the Hoodoo and Bow Valley below.

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is the place to be for the best view of the gorgeous Banff Springs Hotel. Although views of it from ground level and peeping through the trees as you approach the hotel are great, you really need to see it from above, and Surprise Corner offers wonderful photographic opportunities, where it appears to be suspended among the carpet of... More 

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Thorold, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Nice views, but of course there are views everywhere here! Just follow the map from the information centre and you can find lots of interesting places.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is the best spot to get a view of the Fairmont Hotel. Not hard to get to from the centre of Banff and has parking and an observation area. Very hard to see Bow Falls from here. You also get a good view of the Banff Gondola from this place.

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Kent, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Surprise Corner is one of the more interesting stops on Tunnel Mountain Drive, with a great view of Bow Falls and the Banff Spring Hotel. Note that there are several places to see the view, but the best one is slightly back down the road toward town from the parking lot.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Surprise corner was a little underwhelming. It is a lovely view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, but with all the natural wonder surrounding you in this part of Canada, seeing this was uninspiring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

Great 5 minute stop to get an incredible view of the most stunning building in the area the Fairmont. Actually better at this distance than up close. Also views of the Bow River and the surrounding mountains are spectacular. We would definitely stop there anytime!

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Address: Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Canadian Rockies  >  Banff National Park  >  Banff

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