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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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It was a great place to get a quick view of some of banff (especially the fairmont). But considering all the other great views in the area, this is not so remarkable. It was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It was a great place to get a quick view of some of banff (especially the fairmont). But considering all the other great views in the area, this is not so remarkable. It was a great place to stop on our way out of Banff.

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Burnaby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great easy enjoyable walk along the Tunnel Mountain Road. The surprise are the Hoodoos, if people are wondering why this name. The Hoodoos are natural rock formation and its a great way to engage your visual skills on what those Hoodoos look like. The view of Banff Springs Hotel was spectacular and the view of Bow river... More 

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Souderton, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We walked to Surprise Corner and it was nice to see and get a photo but the smoke haze didn't add to the picture. Not anyone's fault but we enjoyed the walk there.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is no real surprise here, but you do get a great view of The Banff Springs Hotel for your holiday album.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had some nice views and it does create a good start to climb tunnel but other than that not sure why it was named that. C est la vie.

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I had been told that this was "the best view in all of Banff." However, you don't really get to see Banff. You get a very nice view of the Banff Springs Hotel. It's a lovely hotel, but I don't think it merits a viewpoint all of its own.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I always take our out of town visitors to this spot first when we go to Banff. Parking can be bit tricky but the view of Baffled Springs Hotel from this location is nothing less than spectacular. You can take your photo from the platform across from the parking spots but better shots are available if you walk a few... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is someplace you can drop by and take a few photos but honestly there isn't much to see; don't be fooled by its name. You can get everything done there within seven minutes, as there are only a few steps to the viewing podium. I expected more due to its name so I was very disappointed. In my opinion,... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Reached by Tunnel Mountain Drive, this little turnoff gives you a great view of the Bow River and Falls plus the Fairmont Banff Hotel on the opposite side. There is a parking lot so you don't have to park on the side of the road which can be dangerous. Very, very pretty view but if you only have a short... More 

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West Branch, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We decided the name comes from being surprised at the traffic that comes zipping around the corner while you're crossing the road! View of hotel is great for photos.

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