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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Phone Number: 403 762 1550
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
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great view

Went for a hike in this area, lovely view of the Banff Springs hotel. This area is a must see for the Banff visitor.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kitchener, Canada
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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went for a hike in this area, lovely view of the Banff Springs hotel. This area is a must see for the Banff visitor.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just short distance from town is a scenic overlook worth the trip and it is free! Can see Bow river . Can bicycle to overlook

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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you have a car, this is where you should go for a good photo of Banff Springs Hotel. You will get the iconic view that you have seen on postcards. If you visited the hotel and realized you could not get a good photo, head back in to Banff and make a right at the CIBC bank. You will... More 

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CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprise Corner has a great view of the hotel and the Bow River just above the falls. It's only about 15-20 minute walk from either town or the Banff Springs Hotel so worth the walk especially if you're hiking anyway but there's nothing else there.

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Thank Gary M
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view of the Fairmont Banff Srpings, but thats about it. There were a ton of tourists there though-- buses came and unloaded.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok, a five minute drive out of town, and you can stop, if you can find a parking spot, and take a quick picture of the hotel. Stop there if you want one, otherwise forget it.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read about"surprise corner" in a guide book and it was overcast and raining when we reached the curve and parked on an easement (the signage is horrible and did not tell us there was a pullout parking lot.). The rapids (Bow Falls) below and the Banff Hotel shrouded in mist and rain was spectacular -- although a lousy picture!... More 

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On this stop, we enjoyed a view of Bow Falls from the top of the gorge. Free with park pass, little parking

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Bridgewater, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great view of the iconic Banff Fairmount hotel. Limited parking, but has a nice elevated deck area for photos. Definitely worth a stop if you're doing the Tunnel Mountain drive.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just a quick stop while in Banff but is wroth the stop especially if you're visiting Bow Falls.

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