Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!


Location: Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada
Destination: Lake Agnes Teahouse
Distance: 4.5 Miles / 7.2 Kilometers Round-trip from Chateau Lake Louise
Elevation Gain: 1,250 Feet / 381 Meters
Difficulty: Easy Day Hike | Class 1 – Hiking with a low chance of injury
Trail Overview Map

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike is located in the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park. The hike starts along the shore of beautiful Lake Louise (photo above). This hike is one of the most popular hikes in Banff, so be prepared for crowds. It’s best to leave earlier in the day, or come in the off-season. The Lake Louise area is so popular that the parking lots fill up (between 10am and 6pm) and you can be waiting over an hour just for a parking space! We had a most pleasant time because it’s late fall, but we’ve been here in the summer as well and we know just how busy it can get!

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

The trail climbs through the trees to Mirror Lake before heading up to the teahouse. From Mirror Lake there’s a connecting route to the Plain of 6 Glaciers, where there’s another teahouse and you guessed it, amazing views of 6 different glaciers.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!     Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

Just before the teahouse, there’s a waterfall and several flights of stairs.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once you’ve reached the teahouse, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the views!

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

It’s definitely worth it to hike around the lake, especially if it’s later in the day because the light is perfect for pictures from the end of the lake. From the other side of the lake you can also hike to the Big Beehive which is a high point overlooking both Lake Agnes and Lake Louise.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

In the fall the larches are turning golden and the color is stunning against the lake.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!     Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

As you walk along the lake it reveals different colors ranging from aqua to deep blue, almost like Crater Lake, in Oregon.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

This is the view looking back towards the teahouse.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

On the way back down the trail there’s grand peaks above you, and in the fall they’re sprinkled with golden highlights.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

As you descend, there’s a viewpoint looking far down into the milky aqua colored Lake Louise

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

In the fall, there’s an abundance of foliage that turns gold along the lake and the colors are unparalleled.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike | Get Inspired Everyday!

The adventure ends back at the Chateau just before Lake Louise!

6 Comments on “Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike”

  1. Kathy Mason

    Someday you should group all of your hikes into a published book. Of course, that would only be the first addition! 🙂 Also your BBQ recipes. And desserts, etc.

    1. Kari

      Thanks! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the recipes as well as the adventures. I think you’ll like the series of adventures from Canada that we’ll be posting this winter.

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