Lake Louise and Hiking to the Tea Houses

Blue waters of Moraine Lake underneath the Canadian Rockies

We were in Banff over my SIL's birthday. It took all of about two seconds for her to decide that hiking to the tea houses around Lake Louise would be the perfect itinerary. It took us less time than that to agree. We headed out bright and early to visit Moraine Lake on our way to Lake Louise. There is plenty of hiking in this area of the park but we were on a mission to see Lake Louise so we headed on.

Looking across Lake Agnes to the tea house. The lake tumbles over the mountain in a waterfall right next to the tea house!

We arrived to Lake Louise early enough to find easy parking in their huge lots and to enjoy some relative quiet around the lakeside docks. Then we were climbing up to Lake Agnes. The trail was steady and steep but the reward was spectacular. Fresh cookies, snacks, and tea were awaiting for us on the deck of a wooden cabin overlooking the lake and a waterfall. 

Next, we climbed up the little and big 'beehives' to get views of Lake Louise (including the panorama in the header). We lingered and watched avalanches tumble down the mountain slopes in the distance. Kelly set up a timelapse to catch the tumbling snow. 

After a long break, we decided to make the trek out to the second tea house in the park, in the Plain of the Six Glaciers. We treated ourselves to second dessert and some lemonade. The day was sunny and by late afternoon, we were feeling toasty in the exposed trail. Bright indian paintbrush flowers cheered our spirits and once we returned back to Lake Louise, we got to walk along the shores from one end to the other. All in all, we think we hiked about 12 miles to get to each of the tea houses as well as the views from both beehives.