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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are a rail fan, this is a trip and a half. Just to see it, and read about the audacity of the idea, makes a cool stop. However, if you are lucky enough to see a train using either the upper or lower...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Ed T
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the Look out spots as you drive to BANFF. It has its own story and history. The Boards explains it well.But to unintiated it may not appeal. But if a Long Cargo trai n passes through the tunnel when you visit(...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank KRAMA200
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we got here frankly I was disappointed. Yes there were good diagrams and a model of the tunnels, but all I could see was a forest or trees! Then..... we were lucky enough to see a freight train approaching,it went from left to right...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank juned139
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best time to appreciate Spiral Tunnels is when a cargo train goes through it. It is entirely different from what I had expected. The place is right off highway, so it requires zero effort to see it.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit hard to take it all in from the lookout, as the tunnels and track are so small in comparison to the size of the mountain. The lookout is beside the highway with lots of parking. There are lots of information boards that explain...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Peter E
Reviewed June 13, 2019

The famous Spiral Tunnels on the Canadian Pacific Rail line was opened in 1909. Two vast figure-of-eight galleries within the mountains.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Naina-Damani
Reviewed June 9, 2019

We were fortunate enough to see long cargo train just coming out of 1st tunnel as our bus pulled up, it then wound its way through 2nd tunnel while the end had not entered 1st. It took almost 10 mins to pass through system all...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank maureenlogan
Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

We visited the spiral tunnels, situated next to the highway. You can hardly see a train because of the trees. A waste of time.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank AvdL66
Reviewed January 2, 2019

If you like trains you should stop here and read the history of the Spiral Tunnels. You can catch a glimps of the Tunnel and if a train is going by you can see the figure 8 of the train travel.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Raroboy
Reviewed December 23, 2018

This is quite the achievement. Very interesting and something to see if you can be there when a train is going through and see them coming in and out of all the tunnels at once

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ken S
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Response from SailorAirman | Reviewed this property |
The vast majority of trains are cargo trains going through and you can't find those schedules. The only train you can predict is the Rocky Mountaineer, and you can find the schedule for that on the VIA rail website, but that... More
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