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

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I know the surprise

The view is great from here but I think the surprise is crossing the road. If you want to get a great view from a higher spot you have to watch for cars speeding around the curve... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
J T
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Edmonton, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Selfie anyone? Best view of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and the mountains surrounding and beyond!

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Midland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The iconic views of the Banff Springs Hotel can be seen from the viewpoint at Surprise Corner. Park in the little parking lot on the right and walk across the road to the viewing platform. Watch crossing the road, because Surprise Corner is on a........corner and cars do speed along the road heading towards the Banff Centre. The view of... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The view is great from here but I think the surprise is crossing the road. If you want to get a great view from a higher spot you have to watch for cars speeding around the curve in the road. Move quickly and safely!

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It doesn't matter how many times we visit Banff, we always take the 20 minute or so walk up to Surprise Corner (Boo! haha!!) There is a great view of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel from here that is just breathtaking. Definitely worth a visit.

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Hinton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Stopping-by as we had some snaps all over the place, views are great, center of eye attraction is the Banff Springs Hotel.

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Lantzville, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Not sure why it is called surprise corner. Any body know? The views are nice though and as one can look over the Bow falls it is picturesque. Maybe on a clearer day?

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Winnipeg
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

On this drive you can get a great shot of the Banff Springs Hotel (castle). There is a place to pull over and snap pics and the's also a little hiking trail across the road with benches. We've done the trail before but it is closed during the winter. It's also a place to spot wildlife in the area so... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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 

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Mississauga, Canada
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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!

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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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.

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