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Hike to charming backcountry Lake Agnes Tea House set in a beautiful hanging valley above Lake Louise with towering peaks and a waterfall. This family run tea house is operated by Joanna Magee and her mother Cynthia, and has been welcoming visitors from around the world since 1905. From an elevation of 2,135 m (7,005 ft), enjoy fine teas, fresh baking and light fare (with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options), all made from scratch.
Hike to the Tea House
Start your walk at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and rise 400 metres during the 3.5-km (one way) route with incredible lake and mountain views along the way. Plan to spend a half day enjoying the hike and tea. Extend the experience with a short side trip to the Little Beehive lookout. To make it a full day 14.5 km loop, continue along the Highline Trail toward the Plain of Six Glaciers. En route watch for mountain goats and wildflowers. Return to the Chateau via the Lake Louise shoreline trail.
Built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a hikers’ refuge, Lake Agnes Tea House was restored in 1981. The log building maintains its original windows and furnishings; the lack of electricity adds to the rustic mountain ambiance. Picturesque views of Lake Agnes amidst mountains are best seen from the patio, while the rustic interior offers welcome respite from the elements and magnificent views of Lake Louise and the Bow Valley.
Please Note: the Tea House accepts only Canadian and US cash as there is no electricity for credit or debit card readers.
Tea House Menu ($3 to $14.50)
Mains: $6.50 to $13.50
Drinks: 75 specialty loose leaf teas from around the world (tax included); small pot (two cups) $7; large pot (five-six cups) $14; rare and supreme tea options (add $1 to $2)
Please note, Lake Agnes Tea House accepts only CDN and US cash. There is no electricity to process credit or debit transactions.