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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 2 days ago via mobile

Great viewing spot of the Fairmont hotel and surrounding mountains. A few parking spots and only a short walk up steps to the platform

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We hiked from Surprise Corner to Hoodoos. We did miss a turn and ended up on a longer, more challenging path. Not all of the splits are well marked. The hike, as intended , is a moderate hike.

Thank mlovett88
Reviewed 5 days ago

This spot has a great panoramic view of the Banff Springs Hotel and surrounding area. Probably worth the short climb to the upper viewing area.

Thank Joe H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately this week the smoke from British Columbia is quite heavy and visibility is limited, however the Bow River is quite impressive as it is less than 100 yes away and beyond that the Fairmont about a quarter of a mile distant raises an iconic...More

Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The lookout itself is great if you want a nice view of the hotel. The river below however can't be seen from here BUT there are locations nearby where you can see it and take photos. The walk along the river to get from town...More

Thank GEO_001
Reviewed 1 week ago

excellent view of the hotel busy but not crazy. Also walked down street a bit and saw bow falls from above

Thank Shane D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by and liked it. It is a nice place to view mountain and Bow river, specially facing the Fairmount hotel. By the way, we found wifi too.

Thank Dongmei W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprise Corner offer's what I believe to be the Best View of the Banff Springs Hotel. All times of the year you can see the Castle on the Mountain. There is no public restrooms here, but there is limited parking. It is a easy walk...More

Thank K3NtheCanadian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is where all the tourists stop for a beautiful view of the Banff Springs Hotel, rising majestically from the forest overlooking the Bow River. There are a couple of different viewpoints and they make wonderful photos. Parking is quite good.

Thank ScottandJodi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we explored the Banff community, we turned a corner & found Surprise Corner with its view of the Banff Springs Hotel. What a great view and a fun place.

Thank TeacherEngineer
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