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Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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All reviews banff springs hotel bow river fairmont hotel viewing platform postcard view crossing the road great viewpoint parking lot limited parking photo opportunity vantage point worth a stop tunnel mountain take photos short drive close to town nice walk
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The surprise Corner parking lot it small and crowded, but if you're patient you'ff find a spot as most people are there to just shoot a couple of selfies and move on. The Banff Hotel and the falls are visible from here and there are...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 1 week ago

I walked up here by myself the day after there had been a heavy and unusually early snowfall. I'd expected it to be rather quiet, and the short walk along the Bow River trail was indeed very peaceful. However, on arriving at the viewing point...More

Thank CLP04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very easy location to get to from Banff with pull offs and viewpoints of the Banff Springs Hotel. It snowed 3-4 inches while we were there in September and it was just magical.

Thank Katherine M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was expecting a lot better view than we actually saw. Better views are to be had elsewhere and whilst worth a visit if passing, certainly not worth a special trip if you are tight for time.

Thank AlfaMaleYorkshire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a walking trail from the main downtown street at the Banff Avenue side of the foot bridge that goes along the river to an area with a viewing deck where you can get a nice view of the Banff Springs Hotel. You also...More

Thank Rich J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From this spot there is a great view overlooking the river and the Fairmont hotel in Banff :) Nice to walk here from the town!

Thank soldolphin66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay, you get a nice view from this spot, but this is an area that is brimming with nice views. I guess you had to be there when the original surprise created the name for this place to understand it. Don't expect to spend more...More

1  Thank Joe H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Obviously not a surprise now but worth a visit if you want spectacular views of Banff Springs Hotel. There are other aspects of the hotel to photograph however.

Thank Bluebellplasnewydd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have stopped at the Surprise corner as part of the Brewster tour. the view of the hotel is stunning!

Thank 157LarisaR1157
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Walking up the trail from the town centre you are beside the river with the falls and hotel to your right. I guess it is only a surprise if you are driving. Yes the view of the hotel is quite good but apart from that...More

Thank alannsarah
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