Tunnel Mountain Drive
Tunnel Mountain Drive
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,554 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Long road through the mountains and a trees. All very pretty. There are a number of viewpoints along the way, well worth the time to drive along it. It took us about 20 minutes, excluding stops
Written 21 May 2023
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MaryEllenM27
Kalispell, MT18,004 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Tunnel Mountain Road has been greatly improved and upgraded. In the past, access around the entire mountain was limited and the road was in disrepair. Now it is in excellent condition and has a pedestrian walk from the top all the way into town. The road has the absolute best overlook of the Banff Springs Hotel. The various turnouts are well marked and new signage is very helpful. Don't miss the hoo-doos. They are best seen in the early morning or the evening when the sun hits them beautifully. There is wildlife too especially in the evening. And, no there really is no tunnel, someone changed their mind about that :) The road goes in a complete circle!
Written 23 June 2014
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Dovie C
Amarillo, TX128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
Tunnel Mountain Drive was a relatively short jaunt from the Hwy1 around Banff. There were elk grazing along the road and in a few different open areas. This is a 20-30 minute activity, even with time to hop out of the car for a few pictures.
Written 3 May 2014
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Robert R
Scottsdale, AZ679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
This short drive almost feels like an extension of Banff. The surprising thing is that it feels very remote once you start heading up the hill, and the wildlife is abundant. We saw several groups of Bighorn Sheep. Some were very interested in licking the centerline of the road, so we could observe them up close from the car -- didn't seem to bother them at all. We also got to see some of the teenagers banging heads -- it almost gave me a headache just watching it!
Written 1 June 2014
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Jimbilly
Beverly Hills, FL438 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
The drive only goes half way up Tunnel Mt(there is no tunnel, the Mt was named because at one time the railroad was going to put a tunnel through the mountain). The parking area where the road ends gives a nice view of the town of Banff. I did not drive but hiked to the top of the mountain from Banff and would highly recommend it. The path has many switchbacks to the top and is well traveled so the footing is firm and well packed down. The one hour walk to the top is well worth it. With the view of the town of Banff in the valley below and surrounding snow covered mountains.
Written 19 June 2014
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Dieter O
Kelowna, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
The long drive in the Rocky Mountains is exciting, the views "knock you out", the road is paved and in excellent shape, bonus to sight see in the car, worth the drive for fresh air...
Written 6 June 2014
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Laneybelle
Fort Collins, CO415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a lovely scenic drive that you pick up right in Banff, stopping at Surprise Corner with a great view of the Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls below you. There is a nice little pull off on the left just past the Arts Center that offers a picture postcard view of Banff spread out below you. Definitely stop at the Hoodoos Trail, where you can wander up the hill for stupendous views for 20-30 minutes. Or more, if you want to sit on one of the benches and just drink in the views. The hoodoos are quite interesting, but practically irrelevant to the other scenery before you. This viewpoint gives you a panoramic perspective of the Banff area. You can see the Banff Springs Hotel in the distance, as well as the gondola building on top of Sulphur Mountain; Tunnel Mountain is right before you, and the river winds around far below you. Despite the buses of tourists (even in late September), we thought this place was relaxing and beautiful. Hint: most of the tourists don't walk all the way to the end of the trail, so you can find some quiet. We loved this viewpoint so much that we made sure we had enough time to come back the next morning (just before our flight out that day).
Written 28 October 2016
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maithri k
Bengaluru, India121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
The drive is ok but the view at the end of it is fabulous. Birds eye view of Banff with the hoodos is a sort walk from the stop. Lake Minnewanka and this can be done together and doesn't take much time.
Written 18 June 2014
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HikerTraveler
East Hartford, CT294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Beautiful scenic drive past the Banff Centre. Lots of nice viewing stops and if you keep driving past the campground, you can check out the Hoodoos!
Written 21 May 2014
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Violette54
Payson, AZ5,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Tunnel Mountain Drive begins in Banff at the intersection of Banff Avenue and Buffalo Street. Follow the loop road for 5.5 miles where it rejoins Banff Avenue. Get out of the car at the viewpoints to more fully enjoy what you are driving past. Several view points include Bow Falls, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Mt. Rundle, and the Bow Valley. The hoo-doos are here. The traffic is slowed down by conservative speed limits, but watch for people out and about.
Tunnel Mountain Road goes past the Tunnel Mountain Campground where two of the Red Chairs look out at the mountain itself. Stop there and take a photo, and then check out the Red Chair Project.
Written 30 July 2018
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