Hike to the Lake Agnes Teahouse

5 Miles Round Trip - 1300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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A rustic teahouse sits on the shore of Lake Agnes, an isolated glacial lake in Banff National Park.  

Towering peaks, glaciated valleys and crystal clear water draws thousands of visitors a year to the shores of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. A short hike takes you beyond the crowds up to Lake Agnes, in a beautiful valley surrounded by jagged peaks and golden Larch trees. 

At the foot of Lake Agnes sits a beautiful historic log cabin that serves an amazing variety of global tea and hand made foods. Cash-only transactions, Canadian and US dollars are accepted. 

The hike begins at 6000 feet in elevation,  is 2.5 miles each direction and gains 1300 vertical feet. This is a non-technical trail so any comfortable footwear for walking or hiking will be sufficient. The trail is well maintained and well traveled, but the climb is fairly strenuous considering how short the distance is. Around the halfway point is a small pull off for Mirror Lake which makes a great place to rest and hydrate if need be!

Keep in mind that the Canadian Rockies are very much an alpine climate so bring warm clothes even in the summer months, as the weather can change in an instant. You will be within shouting distance of massive glaciers and ice-fields, so even if it seems warm and calm at the trailhead, it can be quite cold at Lake Agnes! 

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Canoeing
Camping
Backpacking
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5 Miles
1300 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Piece of heaven

A beautiful adventure as you hike to the highest tea house in Canada. Be sure to hit the trail early, we were the first to sit down and counted over 600 people ascending as we left. While this is closed in the winter, it is a fun snowshoe trek so long as there are no avalanche warnings! A bench just past the Tea House overlooks the waterfall is a perfect place to rest.