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Surprise Corner

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Address: Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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US$106.51*
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Banff and Lake Louise Full-Day Tour with a Small Group
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US$51.93*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife

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Nice viewpoint. Great photo spot

Very easy to drive. A parking lot is available there and we can walk to a deck with bench to nice picture. It is not a simple roadside photo spot. You can park safely and enjoy a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
sk1travel
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ON, CA
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ON, CA
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very easy to drive. A parking lot is available there and we can walk to a deck with bench to nice picture. It is not a simple roadside photo spot. You can park safely and enjoy a moment on the viewing deck

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Thank sk1travel
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely area but have to go up quite a few steps to photo opportunity. Small area to park and on a steep bend, care needed and not for small children.

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Thank Lorraine H
Toronto, Canada
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95 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely a must-see location. You really want to go in the morning though if you want good shots of the hotel in the distance. You'll also want to bring a long lens (ie 200-400mm) and a tripod if you plan to shoot the hotel. The hoodoos are something to see, and you can often see canoers and kayakers paddling by.

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Thank Geoff M
Brooksville, Florida
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped and took a walk up a boardwalk to get really nice pictures of Banff Springs Hotel. Be careful crossing street as it is quite a busy place.

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Thank LittleLuella
Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is really a nice lookout and certainly worth the 5 min drive from town to visit. There is a car park 2 mins from the lookout point and it certainly provides a very scenic view of the Fairmont Hotel and the Bow River.

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Thank Victor K
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a quick stop on the side of the road. Can be a lot of tourists, but easy enough to just stop by and have a quick picture before continuing on the tour of banff.

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Thank CoreyjRo
Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy walk (or drive) from downtown Banff. The river trail was beautiful and well marked. This is the same spot professional photographers have used.

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Thank Seattle-Black
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This scenic view lives up to its name. A lovely view of the Bow River, Chateau, and surrounding mountains.

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Thank Alexis J
Perth, Australia
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little corner is at a bend in the road and gives a wonderful view over the valley and the Banff Springs Hotel. Get there early because the car park fills up quickly.

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Thank sstoney52
Adelaide, Australia
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124 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A combination of paths and walking by the side of the road leads to a gorgeous view of the bow falls and the fairmont chateaux in the distance. You may however choose to walk off the beaten path following a very frail trail clinging to the side of a cliff for better views but not recommended if you're scared if... More 

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Thank Arkadiusz W

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