Surprise Corner, Banff

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. Our Banff National Park trip itinerary planning tool makes visiting Surprise Corner and other Banff National Park attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Was expecting to be blindfolded so it would actually be a surprise, turns out it’s just a corner I didn’t know existed like every single other corner I am yet to see. Also not many chicks, which is...  more »
  • Surprise corner was surprisingly hard to find! The arrows point you to the car park, and then it’s actually on the other side of the road. It’s beautiful, but the walk up there from the Bow Trail....  more »
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  • Lovely, even managed to catch a train going by. This is a very popular spot for landscape photographers and even trainspotters. Definitely was gorgeous in the winter.
  • Great view. Would love to go back
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