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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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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful views of the Fairmont, but even nicer views of nature. I got some good pictures of the Fairmont, but seeing the nature in winter with snow on the trees, steam coming up from the river water,...  more »
  • A good place to see the hotel plus the bow fall, if you want to call it a "fall". Easy to get there. 
  • Beautiful stop up Tunnel Mountain Road. This Road is winding and a bit longer than expected. However it brought us to our hotel at the top. It's a good drive but go slow. Stop at the viewing spot and ...  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.