We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Surprise Corner

Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Improve this listing
82%
Ranked #22 of 70 things to do in Banff
Type: Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks
Attraction details
Type: Observation decks & towers, Sights & Landmarks

Hotels near Surprise Corner

Write a Review

154 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    67
    60
    22
    3
    2
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
Top Contributor
218 reviews 218 reviews
100 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

The time I recommend going here is just before sunset when the light is dimming and the fairmont is glowing with its outside night lights illuminating the building. It looked like a hidden castle, nestled in the mountains. Something out of a movie - a lot of Banff looks like it is out of a movie. This was probably one... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mississauga, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is THE spot for a picture of the Banff Springs hotel and only a very short drive out of town. Well worth the time!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
176 reviews 176 reviews
97 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We were at a wedding and afterwards thought we would have a drive out. It was funny that we had just been to Banff Springs Hotel and here we were with a different view of it. The views and scenery is just amazing. I thought that Scotland had big mountains until I came here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It sounds like a cool name but really aint a heck of alot there. Why not have more amenities or change the name.. There were some nice views though.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Nice way to see the impressive side of The Banff Springs Hotel. Not a lot of traffic. Only negative is the viewing platform is closed, maybe just for the winter?

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rigaud, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Well worth the drive. We could see it from our room, and the staff recommended the visit. We're glad we did, if only to get a great shot of the Banff Springs Hotel. But there was much more. the panorama was stunning.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
90 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Surprise - there's the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - so what. There's a small carpark area and then you have to walk back along the road for a view of the Bow River and the hotel.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canada
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is one of the best spots to take a photo of The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Absolutely magnificent. We stopped here in October and there was nobody around.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manitou Springs CO
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
30 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is a very good spot to set up for a photo of the hotel. You can also get the river in the foreground. Close to downtown Banff.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The falls are nice and the view of the hotel is ok, but the hike to the hoo doos along the river is quite nice. No hard scrambles, some up and down, but the scenery and views are quite nice. the hoo doos are a bit of a let down, but the walk is nice. saw a huge Bull Elk... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Surprise Corner also viewed

Banff, Banff National Park
Banff, Banff National Park
 
Banff, Banff National Park
 

Been to Surprise Corner? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Surprise Corner staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?