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Surprise Corner

Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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“bow falls” (66 reviews)
“fairmont hotel” (32 reviews)
Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
+1 403-762-1550
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveled to this site with a group of 35 people. Wish we had more time at this stop as there was an abundant amount of trails to be explored. Traveled there in winter so there was a lot a snow on the ground which made...More

Thank FormerExpat2014
Reviewed 12 January 2018

.. you can walk here from Downtown Banff in around 20-25 minutes. The view across the frozen Bow river to Banff Springs iconic hotel is fabulous and also back towards the town. Well recommended to get some fresh air.

Thank david n
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Surprise view is surrounded by trees so there is no view unless you want to see a hotel which we didn’t. Go on the other side of the river and see the views from the viewpoint above the Falls, that is stunning.

Thank RObbo60_11
Reviewed 20 November 2017

On the outskirts of town, there is a lookout a called Surprise Corner with great views of the Banff Springs Hotel nestled in the mountains... and we saw a deer!

1  Thank Raina H
Reviewed 18 November 2017

A decent place to stop to catch a good view of the hotel but not for much else. Don't get hit by a car.

2  Thank thepartyingtraveler
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

A definite stop on your way out! 👍The view is amazing and well worth the stop. There is even a great hiking trail to follow.

1  Thank Curse68
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Great views of "The Castle" or Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls. There is a lovely walk down along the river. The trail begins at the back end of the parking lot. In winter, you might want some "yak traks" or something to give you...More

1  Thank Banffyoga
Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is a small viewing platform with very limited parking which creates a very frustrating scenario. There were tourists filling the road as we tried to get into the car park (room for about a dozen vehicles) and when we finally got parked up after...More

2  Thank Turkish_12
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