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All reviews banff springs hotel bow river fairmont hotel viewing platform postcard view iconic photo iconic hotel great viewpoint a small parking lot vantage point photo opportunity tunnel mountain drive worth a stop take pictures walk up nice walk surrounding mountains
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you just happen to be coming down that road from tunnel mountain then stop and have a look, but I wouldn’t make a point to go out to Surprise Corner unless you are a big fan of the awful looking Fairmont Hotel. Terrible parking...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank The_Crofter
Reviewed 6 days ago

Situated at the bend of the road, this corner is really a surprise corner from the scenic point of view. Spend around 20 minutes and took some picture to capture the beautiful canvass.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mahesh K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove to the overlook as it was still fairly brisk in early March to walk there from downtown. On the other hand it owould be a pleasant hike during summer months. It is definitely worth the hike or drive to enjoy the classic view...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ImmerWandern
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled on Surprise Corner by accident and happened to get a parking spot in the very small parking lot. Just cross the busy street, and there's a set of steps that takes you up to the viewing platform where you can see the beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a walk from the Banff Centre to Surprise Corner, as recommended by a staff at the hotel and I was not disappointed with the view! I was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking, not only the building but the natural scenery around it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank megui96
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove our car to this area to see the Banff Springs Hotel. There is a short walk across the street from the parking lot. Be careful when crossing!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Grangergirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

located near the Banff centre , this is an easy walk up from the main street in Banff. There is very little parking so if you walk along the river trail on the opposite side to Bow falls you will arrive at this lookout point....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 256,190
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Surprise corner is a fun overlook of Bow River Falls and the Banf Spings Fairmont Hotel, and it’s on a nice drive. Limited parking, but quick turnover.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're passing and you want a picture of The Fairmont then this is it. Otherwise there's nothing. There's a pull-in on the road (at a corner); very limited parking. Cross the road and climb the wooden steps to the wooden platform. From memory these...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank mf62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We heard about this stop from a local and decided to check it out. The view was pretty but the parking was a bit of a challenge. The lot is small and the road parking is not the best. The view of the hotel is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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