• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Take in amazing lake views and stop to enjoy the local tea houses when in season.

Lake Louise is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada, with reason. Many tourist walk the paved path round and head home. They miss out though.

Hiking to the various tea houses surrounding the lake is a must. An easy 2 mile hike from the lake lies a tea house perched on a hill in a tight cirque of peaks. Mirror Lake, at the foot of the Big Beehive, shows reflections of the peaks that surround it.

Unfortunately during the fall, the tea houses are closed. But, this doesn't warrant skipping the hike. Pack your own tea, and enjoy the porch of the tea house with out the crowds.

The impressive peaks and lakes of the area are not to be missed. Worth every step of the hike you'll be blown away by the place.

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  • Food 
  • Water 
  • Clothes depending on season
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This lake, although super busy, is a sure gem when visiting Banff.

2 months ago
2 months ago

Truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Go for sunset, and don't expect solitude. Given the chateau and the lake's general popularity, you'll need to hike a bit further from the main viewing platform if you want any peace and quiet.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This spot almost speaks for itself, but it's obviously worth going to see. We visited in late Winter and there were still plenty of people walking around. We stuck around for sunset and luckily only had a few people with us. If you're looking for isolation it will be difficult but nevertheless I highly recommend going to check out Lake Louise and the surrounding area.

11 months ago
11 months ago

The lake was a brilliant blue and it was very scenic but a little crowded.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This gorgeous turquoise blue lake begs to be photographed! It's a MUST to rent a canoe and feel the serenity of floating on the middle of the lake surrounded by mountains and forests. The hike is just challenging enough to get in a good workout and the teahouse at the top is the perfect reward.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Hiked the Teahouse Challenge July 19th, the weather was pretty good, a little rain at times but not too hot. Definitely get there early, the lake shore is very busy but do not be discouraged the crowds thin the further you are willing to hike more of a moderate to difficult load for the day. Food at both teahouses (Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers) were excellent, staff was friendly, but be willing to wait for a seat during the middle of the day. We started from the lodge and headed up to Lake Agnes teahouse first, stopping at Mirror Lake before arriving at Lake Agnes, follow the trail along the lake shore and head up to Big Beehive the views are definitely worth the effort to get up there. Switchbacks can be steep at times, we stopped for snacks at the top of Big Beehive which as amazing views of Lake Louise down below, taking the Highline Trail we continued down and across and back up to Plain of Six Glaciers tea house. Running into almost no one until we hit the Plain of Six Glaciers trail which was a nice change from the crowds. We were not in the greatest shape, being former student athletes, but we completed the approximate 15 mile hike in about 10 hours (we took time to take lots of pictures and enjoy hour plus long stays at each tea house). Much recommended for a solid day trip if you feel up to it, but either tea house provides on its own provides an excellent hike for all ages.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If heaven can be improved this is it! I visited Lake Louise towards the end of Feb when you could still walk on the lake, but it was starting to melt near the shore. A fun trip is to snowshoe up to mirror lake, but be mindful of avalanche warnings. I am headed back in July to complete the Tea House hike!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If you're looking for a beautiful turquoise blue alpine lake to yourselves, this is not the one. Though it is popular for a reason - it is gorgeous! Try to go early in the morning or late at night for a more personal experience with this site. Rent a canoe or kayak. Enjoy..

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I don't recommend going during the peek of summer because it can get rather crowded and noisy, however the view is definitely worth it.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Easy to get away from the crowds swarming around Lake Agnes - there plenty of hidden spots for everyone :)

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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