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“Big effort for obnoxious tourists”

Lake Agnes Tea House
Ranked #4 of 37 Restaurants in Lake Louise
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Imagine hiking to one of Canada's oldest and highest tea houses! Lake Agnes Tea House is family run tea house in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. To reach Lake Agnes, you will undertake a forested 3.5 km (2.25 mile) hike with an elevation gain of 400 m. (1,300 ft). Situated at an altitude of 2,135 m. (7,005 ft), the Lake Agnes Tea House is located in a lovely hanging valley on the shores of Lake Agnes, which is surrounded by craggy peaks and breathtaking views. Once you arrive at Lake Agnes, you can take comfort in knowing the baker, who is one of the owners, started baking fresh bread, homemade soup and mountain treats at 4:30 a.m. on their propane stove. With no running water or electricity and all the fresh food carries up in the staff's backs, life at Lake Agnes Tea House is an adventure. The dishes are done by hand and all of the orders such as sandwiches, tea biscuits, mountain bars and tea are made to order. Cash only & hike with plenty of water.
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Description: Imagine hiking to one of Canada's oldest and highest tea houses! Lake Agnes Tea House is family run tea house in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. To reach Lake Agnes, you will undertake a forested 3.5 km (2.25 mile) hike with an elevation gain of 400 m. (1,300 ft). Situated at an altitude of 2,135 m. (7,005 ft), the Lake Agnes Tea House is located in a lovely hanging valley on the shores of Lake Agnes, which is surrounded by craggy peaks and breathtaking views. Once you arrive at Lake Agnes, you can take comfort in knowing the baker, who is one of the owners, started baking fresh bread, homemade soup and mountain treats at 4:30 a.m. on their propane stove. With no running water or electricity and all the fresh food carries up in the staff's backs, life at Lake Agnes Tea House is an adventure. The dishes are done by hand and all of the orders such as sandwiches, tea biscuits, mountain bars and tea are made to order. Cash only & hike with plenty of water.
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stopped for tea and cakes at this picturesque tea house after our hike up to Lake Agnes. It's amazing how well it is run (and how good the apple crumble is), if you consider the conditions under which they get all the supplies up there. And even though the girls running the place tell people from time to time that they have to hike everything up and make it from scratch, it's never good enough for some obnoxious luxury dwellers.

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Reviewed August 13, 2014

We made a point of getting up there early - later than we'd planned, but arrived at 10am. Got a seat on the patio, and were served nice scones, cookies, hot chocolate and tea, but the lemonade was distinctly average.

By the time we left the area at 10:30am, the patio was full and the area swarming. I wouldn't bother if you can only sit inside, as it's nothing special, but if you can get a seat on the patio, I know of no teahouse/cafe in the world with a finer view.

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Thank Simon J
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Food at the tea house was very average but the view and hike to the tea house was great. Go for the experience but don't expect much in the way of the food offered.

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Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a great home, and during outside at the teahouse was a great way to relax afterwards. It was incredibly busy around lunchtime so we had to wait for a seat and there was no waiting list or anything, so that was kind of odd. The sandwiches are rather expensive for what you get, but the overall experience was worth it. We continued our hike up to Big Beehive afterwards, which I highly recommend to get away from the crowd!

Thank Lindsey J
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

One of our favourite days - a good hike up from Lake Louise rewarded with another stunning lake and a lovely teahouse. Recommend easy walk around lake and brief hike up to Little Beehive for more spectacular views.

Thank Steve P
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