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

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Great view, fun stop!

I can't recommend the GyPSy guide to Banff enough - it really made our trip. We did the Banff Townsite drive and Surprise Corner was one of our stops - it's a great view and fun... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Having lived in Alberta for more than a decade and also having been to Banff countless times in my life, I have never been up to Surprise Corner and didn't even know it existed. We discovered it on our way to the Banff Centre. Wow, what a view and photo op! It is worth a little side walk or drive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I can't recommend the GyPSy guide to Banff enough - it really made our trip. We did the Banff Townsite drive and Surprise Corner was one of our stops - it's a great view and fun to see! Not worth spending a lot of time, but jump out for a photo or two, definitely. The rest of the drive was... More 

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Princeton, NJ, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Whatever natural place I would have to review around Banff I would have to mark at least as "beautiful", if not as "amazing". This fits the bill too, and it is a nice little walk to get there.

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Calgary, Canada
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Maybe it offers more than we saw as it appeared to be a bit of a question mark. It did have some pretty good views.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A quick stop for another elevated view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and town. Just be careful crossing the street to get to the viewing area. Only need 10 minutes for this stop. It's free. There are stairs to contend with to get to the viweing area. Very pretty.

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perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the perfect view point to see the Banff springs hotel. It is a walk up some wooden steps to a huge wooden platform where you can take in all the views and amazing photos of the Banff springs hotel. Just be careful crossing the road as sometimes it gets busy.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Great spot well worth the stop. You are able to see the beautiful Fairmont Banff Hotel and Bow Falls from a distance. Make sure that when you cross the road you are careful it can be quite dangerous. There is a set of lights there for pedestrians please make sure you use this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Nice viewing platform for photos of the Banff Springs hotel. About 2 minutes from parking lot with only a few small flights of stairs. Wooden boardwalk or tarmac.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

You can cross the street (they have an electronic sensor to make it safe as the road is a corner and some drivers don't know how to drive!). Plenty of parking. Cross the street and climb a few wooden steps to the platform (huge platform/deck) for a view of the Banff Springs Hotel. Just lovely!

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Whether or not you stay at the Banff Springs go here to take great postcard perfect pictures of the hotel.

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

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