Lake Agnes Tea House (built in 1901 by Canadian Pacific Railway)
The Lake Agnes Tea House was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. Climb steadily on a forested trail, past Mirror Lake and the waterfall that cascades out of Lake Agnes, before arriving at the idyllic alpine waters of Lake Agnes and enjoying specialty teas and delicious homemade baking. It's an iconic Banff and Lake Louise experience, accessible to hikers of many abilities. This hike starts at the Lake Louise shoreline and switchbacks for approximately 3.6 kms (2.2 miles). It takes approximately 1-2 hours to reach the tea house.
Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House (built in 1924 by Swiss Guides)
The less-travelled to of the Tea Houses, the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House Trail offers stunning views of the glaciers and mountains that surround Lake Louise. The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House hike is 5.3 kilometres (3.4 miles) one way, with a 370 metre (1,215 feet) elevation gain. It takes most people around 4 to 6 hours for the round trip. Trail offers stunning views of the glaciers and mountains that surround Lake Louise. The hike to the Tea House is moderately challenging, and can be accomplished by people of average fitness.