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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I found the signage hard to figure out, but we walked both sides of the river. I felt a bit unsafe walking on the mountain road right next to the drop off to the river. Very pretty. We walked up to it form our hotel.

Thank Carol984010
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great view point offering a spectacular view of the Banff Springs Hotel. Can get crowded depending on the time of day visited.

Thank travelstar9_torcan
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to go if you want a photo that includes the mountains and the grand Fairmont Hotel - plus Bow Falls below if you stand at the right spot. A photographer's dream!

Thank Mary V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What I found most interesting about the Surprise Corner was actually the architecture of the lookout, and the posted signage about the history and the trees. There's not a lot to see here, and it can get quite busy with the tour buses stopping here....More

Thank blobbycakes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The platform across the street was a great idea, the parking lot was a little small for a busy holiday weekend. The Hotel is quite the grand dame and is a wonderful reminder of the grandeur of yesteryear.

Thank NeedSomeSunNow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect location to take photos of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The Tunnel Drive takes you to this place. Not much of parking space, may have to wait a bit or park on the street. Care is needed since it is located on a steep bend....More

Thank jparekh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be careful or you will drive right by this place. There is limited parking here so just be aware of this. The lookout looks to be newly renovated and offers a spectacular view of the Bow River valley area and a view of the Banff...More

Thank Seppster58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not sure unless you are staying at the Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel and want to take a picture of it from a distance why you would even stop. It's nice place to stretch your legs.

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a photo taken with the famous Banff Hotel in the background, uphill from this parking lot is the spot.

Thank TheGoBird
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you take the wonderful drive along Tunnel Mountain Road, right at the corner is Surprise Corner, where you can park (although parking is limited and some inconsiderate person parked their motor home right behind us in the little lot- blocking us in) and either...More

Thank Afamilyof6
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