Lake Agnes Tea House

This hike in Canada leads to the historic Lake Agnes Tea House in the mountains

At Lake Agnes Tea House, you'll be rewarded with a cup of hot steeped tea and an unbeatable view after hiking the Lakes Agnes Trail in Banff National Park. 

Located over 7,000 feet up in the mountains, the historic Lake Agnes Tea House was originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers and now serves specialty teas and delicious homemade baked goods. 

The family-run business has no electricity or running water, so supplies, such as flour and sugar, are flown in by helicopter at the start of the season and all fresh food is packed up the trail by staff. 

To get to this tea lover's sanctuary, take the 7.6-kilometre Lake Agnes Trail. The trail head is located at Lake Louise and will only take about an hour to reach the tea house. 

Though relatively smooth, the trail is uphill, with an elevation gain of 1,312 feet. But don't worry, the views of Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise throughout the hike are well worth the quad burn. 

The forested path runs past the small but beautiful Mirror Lake and also features a waterfall, before arriving at the picturesque alpine waters of Lake Agnes.

The lake was named after Susan Agnes Macdonald, the wife of the first prime minister of Canada, Sir John A. Macdonald, who visited the lake in the late 1800’s.

After enjoy your treat of choice from the tea house, either inside the cabin or out on the patio, while taking in the tremendous mountain views. 

The tea house is high on the list of things to do when visiting the beautiful Banff National Park and should definitely be added to your list this summer. 

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