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Surprise Corner, Banff

Categories: Lookouts, Observation Decks, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 400+ 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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  • An easy spot to access along the Bow River. An excellent spot to enjoy the view of the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Try to find a clear day to enjoy the view. 
  • The view the Fairmont Banff Springs is magnificent, and justifies a visit to the place. However, I would not recommend spending more than half an hour here.
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  • Very nice hike, along the banks of the River, entertaining and easy, you can walk from the city centre.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful view from here. Go on to hoodoos trail for an easy hike by the river.
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