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“Good place for a break”
Review of Spiral Tunnels

Spiral Tunnels
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$130.95*
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
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$205.80*
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Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Calgary
Reviewed September 3, 2013

While driving the highway, this is a good place to stop to stretch your legs and take care of other needs.
It also has some cool info on the trains and the tunnels.
Some people were standing around waiting for a while for a train to watch it.
We didn't see one, but it didn't diminish the info and the displays.

Maybe next time there will be a train.

Thank zedmanab
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Canadian freight trains are fascinating enough to see pass (at up to 3km long), but when you see what looks like three different trains going different directions and realise it's one long train looping under and over itself it's something else.
It appears that trains run in batches in the same direction (it's a single track of course). We arrived at the informative viewing spot and saw two - one a few minutes after we arrived, and the second about 15 to 20 minutes after the first had passed. In fact we'd passed one of them waiting on the way to the Kicking Horse Pass, and caught up with it again in Field, where at least one other train was waiting to go the other direction. So, if you see a waiting train near the road either side of the pass, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the Spiral Tunnels sign, and stop. It won't take long. Interpretive panels explain it all, but the train times are pot luck. A bit of patience will reveal all, and give you the photo opportunities.

3  Thank duisdeil
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Our GyPSy guide recommended we stop and wait to watch a train come through. We waited a very long time but the train didn't come and we left. Disappointing and not sure it would have been worth waiting longer to actually see a train!!

Thank REOF
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stopped by on our way to Yoho National Park.
I didn't think much of it until I saw the signs and explanation of what it was all about.
However, still didn't get it.
I think you need to be there when the train passes, but still it is a good place to rest!

Thank Chia2005
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The spiral tunnels are only interesting if a train happens to be going through them while you visit. There are some signs up at the site explaining how and while the tunnels were built, which is neat information. The real treat however would be to see a train using the spiral tunnels, which we didn't get to see. A good stop regardless, to learn more about the railway.

1  Thank fordsask24
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