Ever since I saw a picture on Pinterest I was baffled by the beauty the small area of Canada called Banff held. I knew while planning our Banff trip that we would have to take a trip to Lake Louise. Even the boarder patrol agent at the U.S./Canada border told us Lake Louise was a must see!
So on day 2 we loaded up our backpacks with snacks and water and headed to Lake Louise to see the lake and hike the Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike! It was super crowded when we got there around 12 and it took us about 15 minutes of circling the parking lot to finally score a spot (we have found this to be the case at many major national park attractions).
The picture above is from my first sight of Lake Louise. The lake was a milky teal color that just beautifully complemented the snow capped mountains that stood behind. I snapped as many pictures as my impatient fiance’ would allow before he hurried me along to “get into nature and away from all these crowds!”, as he put it.
The Lake Agnes Teahouse hike was pretty steep and we found ourselves huffing and puffing for the first mile or so until we adjusted to the change in elevation. For the first mile the trail followed the Lake which provided me with many more perfect photo opportunities.
About 3/4 of the way into the hike we came to a lake called Mirror lake which was a crystal clear green colored small lake. It was absolutely gorgeous, surrounded by trees and fresh air! We could see in the very far distance a small house, which someone pointed out to us as the teahouse.
So we ventured on to the teahouse. After what seemed like an eternity we reached the stairs to the teahouse and were greeted to the most picturesque little lake and small cottage turned into a restaurant. We grabbed a table and started to scan the menu. That was when we found out that the teahouse has NO electricity and is only accessible by foot! So what does that mean? Cash only, no ice(we kept hearing guests ask for ice water and ice in their drinks), and a very limited menu. We ordered tea, lemonade, tea biscuits with homemade jam and an apple crisp. All were absolutely delicious and even more enjoyable when we learned the workers make everything fresh every morning. The workers have summer jobs at the teahouse (since it is only open during the summer) and they live in the attic area above the teahouse for days at a time while they are working. They have no electricity so they are essentially one with nature while they spend their summer working, such a cool way to spend your summer!
A few pictures of the tea house and lake Agnes:
After tea we headed back down the trail back to Lake Louise. The return trip is always much more enjoyable on trails where you gain a lot of elevation 🙂
Next I wanted to make sure we visited Moraine Lake since it was so close. It was getting late but we were so close I knew we had to make the stop, and we are SO glad we did. The scenery and beauty that Lake Moraine held is indescribable. We enjoyed a zero elevation gain walk around half of the lake while taking loads of pictures!! The trail was pretty deserted so Jon let me take as many pictures as my little heart desired, while he watched out for bears of course! We thought for sure we would spot a bear seeing as we were approaching dusk and it had to be dinner time for them as well, although we didn’t want to be there dinner so we were armed with a plan and our bear spray just in case we had a chance meeting with a big grizzly!
Alas, we made it back to the trail head bear free and headed back for dinner in town. These two hikes were perfect if you only have one day in the Lake Louise area and want to explore a bit!
Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned for the rest of our Banff trip coming soon!
All our love,