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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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Atlanta, GA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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49 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

From surprise corner there is a trail that you can do which takes you through some forest and then to a running lake with a sandy beach (small but lovely). It's not too hard going and on a sunny day is well worth the hike

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Illinois
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30 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great view of the Banff Springs Fairmont and the mountains. If you've already been on the Icefields Parkway tour, it's not as impressive.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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64 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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