Lake Agnes Teahouse – Banff
Hey y’all! Into the Canadian Rockies for the next bunch of posts! And it’s going to knock yo’ socks off!
When my NY via Los Angeles pal Debbie came up to Canada, I promised her a lot of hiking. And a lot of hiking we did! After spending a couple days in Calgary, she was more than ready to move on! The weather was gloomy + wet when we were leaving Black Diamond, but as we got onto Highway 1 – a full rainbow!!! WHAT DOES IT MEAN???!!! We took it as a good sign!
Gas station shot, I know. What can I say?
We headed to Canmore to rendez-vous with our buddy Karen. What’s cool is Debbie + Karen had met in Los Angeles when Karen + my sister-in-law Deb were visiting when I lived there – pretty cool, eh?! Check out that post here!
All three of us ladies hopped into Karen’s car + headed west towards Lake Louise. Luckily since it was overcast + wet, there weren’t as many tourists (it can get really thick with tourists). Lake Louise was feeling moody.
Our destination was the Lake Agnes teahouse that is situated up + behind Lake Louise. If you’re going to take the hike to enjoy the teahouse, it’s CASH ONLY! As Karen pointed out by the classy, tiny piece of duct tape someone ingeniously stuck to the sign.
No joke, cuz after people did the hike up they’d get to the top + express loudly in exasperated anguish, “WHAT?! CASH ONLY???!!!”. Don’t let this be you!
It’s an easy uphill the entire way, but let me tell you people – I am crazy out of shape!!! I was huffing + puffing + sweating up a storm!!! It was a good first hike to start off our Canadian Rockies Hike Off 2013!
The teahouse is at an elevation of 7005 ft + we had gained 1205 ft from Lake Louise! Built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, it started serving tea to well deserving hikers in 1905. Their food is expensive due to the fact that everything (including trash) has to be hiked in + out!
But everything is freshly baked + super hearty! Luckily, we found a table outside. The teahouse was still crowded on an overcast day! We ordered some tea + lemon poppy seed loaf (yum!). Service is a little understaffed + slow, but the curly-haired-hippie-girl-waitress-staff remained cheery!
A great, easy hike to ease our way into what was to come! Lake Agnes teahouse is a little gem. My advice, get there early to avoid the crowds + BRING CASH!!!