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Review of Surprise Corner

Surprise Corner
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US$55.98*
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Summer Tour: Banff and its Wildlife
Ranked #12 of 85 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Surprise corner is just that - a corner in the road that has some surprisingly nice views. You can take pics from the road or you can climb some stairs up to the platform for clearer views. There's also good pic opportunities for the Fairmont Springs hotel.

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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Like all of Banff, surprise corner was beautiful and interesting to see what the river had carved out over the years.

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Reviewed 19 July 2011

A modest view - worth stopping at but certainly not worth a special visit. There are much better views and locations in Banff.

Thank ColinL675
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Great place to stop for 10 mintues to take a photo of the Fairmont Springs hotel with a mountain backdrop. The stop is 5 minutes from town up the Bow River on the opposite side from the hotel. At the pulloff you will get an unobstructed view of the hotel. The Bow Falls will be immediately below you and can be heard, but the view is obstructed by the trees. There is a gravel trail down to the falls, but we didn't take it.

I wouldn't recommend going out of the way to get to this photo stop, but if you are in Banff and have a car (or want to take a 30 minute walk up a hill) than I would recommend this stop.

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Reviewed 16 March 2011

This scenic lookout bares its name very well. What a surprise as you round the corner of Buffalo St form the townsite. There on your right is the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that is pictured so often in books and postcards. A true Banff landmark! Just below the hotel you see the majestic Bow River as it cascades down Bow Falls. From Banff Ave, you can access this corner by driving down Buffalo St which turns into Tunnel Mountain Rd at Surprise Corner. The scenery is awesome and picture taking is top-notch. It's not a well known lookout. I had missed it on my first trip to Banff but managed to snoop long enough to find it on a return trip. It's about a 5 minute drive up Buffalo St from Banff Ave. Don't miss it !

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