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“Want to see HooDoos and (probably) Elk?” 4 of 5 stars
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Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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“Want to see HooDoos and (probably) Elk?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Compared to other drives and sites around Banff National Park, this one is pretty weak. I want to disclaim that right away. So if your visit is short on time, keep moving, there's better.

However, if you have time to fill and don't want to travel far from the town: this is a nice option.

1) Along the drive it's possible to run into herds of elk roaming around. They're fairly tame, in the sense that they wont flee if they see you or your vehicle pull up. Do NOT approach or attempt to feed them (they can be unpredictable and dangerous).
2) There's a few trails to follow, including naturally formed hoodoos. Some trails will take you down the "mountain" to the river as well; and its a rather nice trip.
3) There's a number of nice lookouts that a great for taking pictures of the valley (though the town is not in view, but you can see the Banff Springs), and excellent panoramic photos.

Things you likely won't find:
a) Food. There's only a few hotels up there that mainly service their own patrons.
b) Washrooms. If it's urgent, I imagine the hotels could help... but plan ahead.

Visited May 2014
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“Good Spot for Animals - Great View Points”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Drove along Tunnel Mountain Drive a couple of times during our week long stay in Banff. You saw mule deer grazing on the grasses at the edge of the campground early one evening. In addition, there are a number of viewing points along the length of Tunnel Mountain Drive that provide excellent views of the surrounding area. Doesn't take long to drive it's length, but not a bad way to spend on hour or so. Worth the drive

Visited March 2015
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“great way to get photos of Banff Springs Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Take this drive to get great photos of the Banff Springs Hotel, hike the trails, see the Banff Art School and the town itself. Be sure to stop and hike up Tunnel Mountain.

Visited March 2015
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“Beautiful scenery from here...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I've never stayed in the lodges off Tunnel Mountain Drive but I've walked to it from the town. The views are stunning and we always spot wildlife of some sort - this year it was a stunning male and female deer! So humbling and worth the long walk.

Visited April 2014
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“Hoodoos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

On Tunnel Mountain Drive you can see the Hoodoos here. Also, great view of the Bow river and great location to camp with spectacular view of the Rockies!

Visited March 2015
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