This spot is called Surprise Corner by locals. The surprise at the corner on Tunnel Mountain Road is the sudden appearance and incredible view of the Banff Springs Hotel. The beautiful building known as the “Castle Of The Rockies” sits in the backdrop of Sulphur Mountain while in the foreground the majestic Bow River cascades down into the Bow Falls. This famous and iconic view of the hotel is promoted all over the world. Inside, there are historic pictures, paintings and postcards that date back to the late 1800’s.
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There is no sign marking the view point. From downtown Banff the drive to the view takes five minutes. You can access the corner from Banff Avenue by driving along to the top end of Buffalo Street, it turns into Tunnel Mountain Drive. A sudden view of the hotel will appear on the right hand side. Walking from town takes approximately half an hour.