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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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All reviewsbanff springs hotelbow riverfairmont hotelviewing platformpostcard viewcrossing the roadgreat viewpointparking lotlimited parkingphoto opportunityvantage pointworth a stoptunnel mountaintake photosshort driveclose to townnice walk
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Obviously not a surprise now but worth a visit if you want spectacular views of Banff Springs Hotel. There are other aspects of the hotel to photograph however.

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
Reviewed 5 days ago

we have stopped at the Surprise corner as part of the Brewster tour. the view of the hotel is stunning!

Thank 157LarisaR1157
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking up the trail from the town centre you are beside the river with the falls and hotel to your right. I guess it is only a surprise if you are driving. Yes the view of the hotel is quite good but apart from that...More

Thank alannsarah
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to walk far from the main drag on Banff avenue to see this beauty of nature. Just walk straight down Buffalo street and follow the signs that bring you to some fast running water and a pretty lake. Of course the mountains...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit disappointing really. The surprise was a good view of a hotel. Not much else to see really. A bit of a climb up stairs to viewing platform

Thank Stephanie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an overlook with nice views, especially of the Fairmont Banff Springs. IT should only take a few minutes. Don't expect too much, or you will sound like you are reciting Peggy Lee's greatest hit. Good photo op.

Thank BDavis1236
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family visited this place at the beginning of August 2018. We don’t know why this place is named “Surprise Corner”. When we got there, we felt no surprised at all. It is a place of a col on a hill ridge that is opposite...More

Thank Dequan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The moment when you drove up the road and see the view, it was absolutely a SURPRISE! A big castle in the middle of the mountains and a waterfalls running below, it is such a view to look at! Definitely stop by if you have...More

Thank NWCHY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best of views looking down on Bow River Falls and across at the Banff Springs Hotel. Very convenient 4-5 minute drive from downtown Banff. A must do item on your list!

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This spot is reachable on foot using the Banff trails system. It's maybe 15 minutes and a little bit uphill. One could also drive up, I suppose. There's a superb view of the hotel and Bow Falls.

Thank David E
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