Lake Agnes Tea House
An iconic Banff and Lake Louise experience, accessible to hikers of many abilities.
The Lake Agnes Tea House was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. Climb steadily on a forested trail, past Mirror Lake and the waterfall that cascades out of Lake Agnes, before arriving at the idyllic alpine waters of Lake Agnes and enjoying speciality teas and delicious homemade baking.
The family-run Tea House has no electricity or running water. Some supplies (such as flour and sugar for the baking) are flown in by helicopter at the start of the season, but all fresh food is packed up the trail by the staff.
Trail information and opening times
The hike to the Tea House starts on the shores of Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel and climbs uphill on a wide switch-backed path for 3.6 km (2.2 mi.). It is rated as a moderate trail and takes most people around 1 to 2 hours, more or less depending on fitness level. The elevation gain is 400 m (1,312 ft).
From Lake Agnes you can hike to the top of the Little Beehive or Big Beehive, which connects you to another tea house for a total loop of 14.6 km (9 mi.). Read more here.
The Lake Agnes Tea House is open from early June to October (Canadian Thanksgiving).