This might be the most cultured hike around Banff. Did you know there is a cafe overlooking a bright blue lake that you can visit? This rustic cabin serves up cozy mugs of tea and has the best view of any patio. You'll want to find this postcard-worthy mountain tea house in Alberta this summer if you love a good hike.
Two hours from Calgary, you can find Lake Agnes Tea House. But this hidden gem requires you to go on a bit of a treasure hunt to find it.
Instead of just parking and walking in, you'll need to follow a 7.6-kilometre trail. But the hike there only adds to the charm as it is like a prize at the end.
The hike is moderate in difficulty starting at Chateau Lake Louise and will take between one and two hours each way. You'll pass Mirror Lake before reaching the shores of Lake Agnes, where the mountaintop tea house is perched.
The eye-catching log and stone structure looks like something you would expect to see in a fantasy story. Seeing it right in the middle of nature right next to the glistening water is breathtaking.
Once you arrive, you are in for a real treat. You'll be able to enjoy a priceless view of the mountains and a blue lake.
The restaurant offers every tea you can think of, including classics like Earl Grey and green tea.
They have an incredible list of 100 different types of tea, including unusual flavours like cookies and cream, pear, and ice wine.
Plus, you can satisfy your hunger with their hearty sandwiches and soups.
But if you have a sweet tooth, you'll want to save room for some of their baked goods. Their cookies alone make the hike worth it.
If you want to see this spot for yourself, it is open from Thursday, June 4 to Saturday, October 10, so you have plenty of time to go.
Lake Agnes Tea House
Address: Lake Agnes, Lake Louise, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can try 100 types of tea at this secret tea house next to a bright blue lake.
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