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Surprise Corner, Banff
(4.2/5 based on 420+ 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 attractions using our handy Banff trip itinerary builder.
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  • If you love the Fairmont you have to go here! You will not get a better photo of this castle anywhere else. Most of the post cards seem to be of this view - now you can make your own! The castle has s...  more »
  • A great place to stop, walk up to the viewpoint. You can see Bow Falls below and a great view of the majestic Banff Springs Hotel just across from you. Continue on Tunnel Mountain Road; it's a great s...  more »
  • Free and easy parking. Take 10 minutes to admire the view over Fairmont hotel in Banff. Take the time to enter the hotel on the other side of the river. Not far from the Hoodoos. Go do it at the same ...  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.