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Surprise Corner, Banff

(4.2/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Driving on Tunnel Mountain Road, make a stop at Surprise Corner, a sudden 90-degree bend that opens up to a sweeping view of a historical hotel. Drive or walk up to the viewing platform, a wooden deck that lets you observe the picturesque scenery. Gaze upon the grandiose 19th-century railway hotel, star of many postcards and paintings over the years. With the Bow river rushing in the foreground and snow-capped Sulphur Mountain dominating the backdrop, the vantage point makes for a great photo op. Work out when and for how long to visit Surprise Corner and other Banff National Park attractions using our handy Banff National Park trip itinerary builder.
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  • My wife and I visited the Banf NP ara in July 2011. We enjoyed the Banff Sightseeing Tram ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain where we had a wonderful view of downtown Banff, Bow River and Bow Falls, ...  more »
  • It's a nice lookout over the river across from the Banff Springs Hotel, but that's really all it is.  more »
  • This spot has a great view of the Fairmont and also the start of the trail to the hoodoos.also can walk to tunnel mtn from here  more »
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  • I didnt like this place at all. If I were you I much rather go to Bow Falls (the another side of the river but a 7 min driving from this place). The place is crowded due to the huge amount of tourists and also it is pretty small. The only thing you will be seeing from this spot is the Fairmount hotel and the mountains behind it (detail here: the mountains will only be nice to see if it is covered with snow, otherwise you will find along the Banff / Jasper park others much better).
  • Great view of Banff Fairmont hotel and sulphur mountain
  • It's Banff so it's super crowded and the parking lot was super tiny. Best to take a tour and get that experience if you want to see everything and/or go on the water. We tried to hike the trails but we ended up finding a lost dog and couldn't get much further than .5 km this route.
  • That's a beauty of a view. The Fairmount Banff Springs hotel buried in the trees, the bow river and bow falls below, well worth the hike.
  • Great scenery and view of Banff Fairmont hotel.