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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: 403 762 1550
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There is only a small parking lot here which, if there is a tourist coach already there, makes parking difficult. Views of the hotel are rather restricted by trees, but the view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is only a small parking lot here which, if there is a tourist coach already there, makes parking difficult. Views of the hotel are rather restricted by trees, but the view of the Bow Falls is stunning because it is possible to see their whole length if you stand on the top of the cliff. Care should be exercised... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take a sharp corner and Surprise you see a magnificent view of the Banff Springs Hotel! The Banff Springs Hotel is a luxury hotel that was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We hiked up to surprise corner.Beautiful views of the Banff Springs Hotel and the Bow Falls. It was a nice hike as the route runs along the Bow River. Once you get there there is a elevated viewing platform with stairs located on the left side. FYI there is no path that crosses over to the hotel if decide to... More 

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Thank 5000traveller
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were getting ready to leave and remembered other Trip Advisors said to stop here. It is close to town and shows off the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel in all its glory. You also get a nice view of the Bow River Rapids and falls. Worth a stop!

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Thank Chuck K
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came across this viewpoint a short way out of Banff town centre. The view of the Bow river and waterfall with The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the background was magnificent. We had our binoculars with us but there is a telescope there.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited this viewpoint (11/09) as part of a tour of the Banff area. Our coach dropped us off at the small parking lot and having pressed the button to activate the warning light to safely allow us to use the zebra crossing, we climbed up a few steps to a viewing platform. We then took some... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw this on the local map while at lunch and decided to check it out, we were so glad we did! Absolutely gorgeous views of the Fairmont Hotel and Bow Waterfalls. Just breathtaking! Then if you walk a bit before the parking lot, there's another vantage point to take pictures, beautiful. Great hidden little spot.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice view from across the river of the Bow Falls and Banff Springs Hotel. Different perspective and photo opportunity. Just a short drive from the town center.

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Burton upon Trent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just 5 minutes out from Banff town centre, you have a lovely view of the Bow River, and Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. There is adequate parking, and you are also close to the Tunnel Mountain Trail & Hoodoo Trail.

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Thank Rick64
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to stop and take photos of the Banff Springs Hotel. It is a short drive from downtown, there is plenty of parking, and the lookout is gorgeous. Definitely worth your time.

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