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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bow falls” (66 reviews)
“fairmont hotel” (32 reviews)
LOCATION
Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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+1 403-762-1550
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"banff springs hotel"
in 51 reviews
"bow falls"
in 66 reviews
"fairmont hotel"
in 32 reviews
"viewing platform"
in 22 reviews
"the river"
in 52 reviews
"iconic photo"
in 5 reviews
"iconic hotel"
in 5 reviews
"quick picture"
in 5 reviews
"crossing the road"
in 8 reviews
"great viewpoint"
in 7 reviews
"limited parking"
in 9 reviews
"photo opportunity"
in 12 reviews
"vantage point"
in 10 reviews
"beautiful view"
in 18 reviews
"great photos"
in 5 reviews
"short drive"
in 8 reviews
"take pictures"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We joined a local tour and it was one of the sightseeing spots. The surprise view was the castle which was a hotel in itself. Other than that it was all snowy white trees as we went there in winter. I personally think that you...More

Thank Meow T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw this on a tour and what a view! Lovely! Like everywhere else this area is spotlessly clean. Perfect place to take photos.

Thank Eileen C
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Just beautiful! It does take you by surprise, there is a parking lot where you can stop and take pictures or you can stop along the road as well. It's beautiful in winter/summer/morning/evening, there's no bad photos as such.

Thank Vjay S
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Just amazing ! The snow made it extra magical to visit. Although it was extremely cold it was definitely worth braving it to see this.

Thank Bridget R
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

At the foot bridge (Banff Avenue side of bridge), take a left on river trail. Peaceful walk with benches for sitting and viewing the Bow River. The trail ends where it connects to the road going to the Banff Center. From that point, take a...More

1  Thank Wanda K
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We walked from in town on the roadway on the way up (don’t recommend), avoid this if you can as the footing on the side of the road is uneven in places, let alone being visible to oncoming traffic. Once there the viewing platform is...More

Thank Kazza880
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

We walked the trail up from the town, which was fairly straight forward, a few stairs and steeper parts but quite pleasant. Gives you a nice view across to the Fairmont

Thank Mel_M802
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The best view of Fairmont Banff, the historic , whimsical, eerie Chateau style hotel, is not from the hotel ground, but from Surprise Corner, that can be accessed easily from downtown Banff. I would still recommend to visit the Fairmont Banff Springs. It is more...More

Thank GintamaZ
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

A good spot to get an overview of the Banff Springs Lodge and Bow Falls. Expect a crowded parking lot in summer but ok in winter

Thank Brian A
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

You come around a corner and there it is - the Banff Springs Hotel Fairmont. It is rather gothic and is built backwards as the builders looked at the blue print the wrong way around so the kitchen staff have the best sights to look...More

Thank white0nes
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