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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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nice walk over the river and through the woods

about a 30 minute walk from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to arrive at the spot where most pictures of the hotel are taken. at least that's what we were told by the staff. not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Mission Viejo, California
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Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

about a 30 minute walk from the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to arrive at the spot where most pictures of the hotel are taken. at least that's what we were told by the staff. not much else to say, it's really nothing more than a spot that provides great views of the hotel.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We absolutely love the Banff Springs Hotel. It is our favorite hotel in the world to wander through, and it has such history. We came to this corner based on the reviews from this site. It gave us a view of the hotel we had never seen, before. We got a number of fantastic pictures. I would assume it would... More 

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mex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked form downtown to that point about 2.5kms aprox. Snow everywhere, lots of wind. When we arrived to this point, we didn't care about the sold wind, everything was about the sight, just incredible. A must do.

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Thank frankreds1
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best view of the hotel. And less than 5 min drive from town. Lets hope you don't get blocked in by a bus driver who doesn't care where he parks!!

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Thank OwenandSooz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best spot to admire the beauty of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The viewing spot was closed for the winter, but you can take a short walk to the other picture perfect spot. We are so glad we took the time to drive up in this area before leaving Banff and heading to Lake Louise. Make sure you bring your camera!

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Highland Village, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful senic roads we traveled. The Waterton Hotel is wonderful to look at very time you take the road.

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Thank Olivia089
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lookout point provides a wonderful view of the Fairmont Banff Springs- although the walking bridge appeared closed for the season, the view from the road (with a pull off area) was fantastic. It is especially worth the visit if you are staying at the Fairmont.

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West Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the great views in Canada. What a atmosphere. Show your world wide friends. Walk over to the hotel, and ramble through. Even with your dog on a leash. Staff very friendly.

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Thank paullacny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a very busy viewing location, as coaches use it as well as cars, so be vigilant with young children as well as the elderly. The view on a clear day is stunning

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had walked to this spot on the other side of the river. I wasn't expecting to love the overlook but we went and I enjoyed it.

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