Lake Louise and Lake Agnes | Banff

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By far one of my favorite hikes ever. From Lake Louise (stunning lake) to Lake Agnes (stunning lake). Lake Agnes was still partially frozen and just as we arrived, it started to rain. Luckily, there was a log cabin tea house right there, serving a full menu of food! This tea house has been serving high tea to hikers since 1905. I can't imagine a better reward at the top of a hike—amazing view, a pot of tea, and warm apple crumble.

When we got back down to the bottom, the sun came out, just in time for our canoe out on Lake Louise. Look at how different the lake looks at the beginning and end of the post! When it was cloudy, the lake was a bright, milky turquoise, but when the sun came out, the color just wasn't the same. I'm glad we got to see it both ways.

Lake Agnes Teahouse Hike (source)


Time: 2.5-3 hours 
Distance: 6.8 km (4.2 miles) round-trip 
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 385 m (1263 feet) 
Starting Point: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

As we made our way up the hike away from Lake Louise, the water looked even more electric!

Lake Agnes Teahouse—a marvelous site for weary hikers.
There's a waterfall just below the teahouse. They couldn't have picked a better location.








All the food on this menu had to be hiked in!





The illustration on some signage at Lake Agnes looks a lot like Yuriy!
Back down at Lake Louise...








53 comments :

  1. this is just stunning! thank you for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful photos! I love your work :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. It looks like you had an amazing day. And the photographs are simply stunning! Would love to go there someday!

    ReplyDelete
  4. The scenery is so stunning! WOW xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Absolutely breathtaking! So crazy that the food has to be hiked in to the tea house! Mad respect for whoever has to do that job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, right?! But that's not all... the trash has to be hiked back down too. :O

      Delete
  6. I am so happy that I have found your blog - your photos constantly amaze me and make me want to hit the road and travel straight away.

    rae of love from berlin

    ReplyDelete
  7. HOLY MOLY!!!! This is UNREAL!!! WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Meredith - Haha! Pretty accurate reaction. :)

      Delete
  8. How beautiful! I'd love to visit there some day! I really like that hat you have on too. If it's a recent purchase please share!!

    Sara
    506 Miles: from Detroit to Nashville

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sara - Thank you! Not sure who's hat you meant, but mine (Julia's) is Urban Outfitters from last year and Yuriy's is from REI.

      Delete
  9. Absolutely beautiful photos! I was briefly in Lake Louise this past summer (en route to Jasper). Such a gorgeous place, would love to go back again!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eden, wish we had made it to Jasper! That was the original plan but we soon realized we'd need much more time. There is so much to see in that area.

      Delete
  10. Wow, the scenery is amazing! That lake! Soooo mesmerizing!

    deasynoel.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Stunning! The colour of this lake!! Wow...

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful location - I want to go!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. I totally love Lake Louise. You've got me yearning to go back! Definitely one of the most breathtaking natural sights I've ever seen.

    http://www.fullbellywornsoles.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. These photos are so beautiful. I'm adding this to my list of places to see in person.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Alberta is on my list of top 3 places to visit and SOON. These pictures definitely fuel my yearning! There are so many places I want to visit in Alberta but the reason that I decided to research the trip was for yes, Lake Louise. The colour of the water with the mountains all around it looks like it's from a dream! I must make it there - and fast!

    Jessica
    www.littlemapleleaf.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jessica, definitely worth the trip. Lake Louise is all it's cracked up to be.

      Delete
  16. wow, simply stunning! both the scenery and the photos.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Yuriy & Julia, I just discovered your amazing blog! You guys are lovely as a couple! God bless you both!
    Canada is such a beautiful country and its lakes are very enchanting! Love it! <3
    Love always, Lale

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nice Pictures!
    I love this Place! :)

    I've just discovered your blog and I love it!

    I hope to read your next post soon.

    Giulia :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hey please follow my blog I got a lot of interesting things to say :) http://welcometojsworld1.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Fantastic photography! I have to visit!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just so incredible ! Hope to have the chance to see that one time in my life !

    http://asiliveicook.blogspot.it/

    ReplyDelete
  22. What an amazing place and stunning set of photos! The green/aqua water and steep mountains are breathtaking.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Karen, the color of the water is unreal! Even more so in person.

      Delete
  23. Stunning places!

    http://justsem.wordpress.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Very beautiful photo's and I love the way you capture those stunning details and textures. Always enjoy your work very much.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Amazing photos and the colour of lake !

    www.mysuitcasediary.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Stunning pictures!
    Did you guys do that hike recently? My boyfriend and I just wanted to plan a trip there but it says online that the tea hut is closed :(
    Best wishes,

    Vivienne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vivienne, we went at the end of June. I'm sure it's covered in snow now so I'm not surprised it's closed this time of year. Hope you can catch it next summer!

      Delete
  27. Your photos are gorgeous! :D

    http://popcornstone.com/

    ReplyDelete
  28. Julia and Yuyir...thank you! I've just returned from LL. We weren't able to do the Lakes Agnes hike (the shorter hike to Fairview Lookout was beyond special too) due to recent snowfall, so it was great to experience via your post and beautiful images.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wow wow wow, another stunning setting and gorgeous photography. Happy I stumbed upon your site!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Your pictures are gorgeous. I love the idea of stopping off at a cozy log cabin at the end of a hike. I'd want to go out everyday just for that. :)

    Tami Marie

    ReplyDelete
  31. what a perfect winter hike. just discovered you blog via clicking about, looks proper good!

    Buckets & Spades

    ReplyDelete
  32. Grr just wrote a whole comment and it deleted. The idea was basically that I loved the photography and was very jealous of the idea of a six-month honeymoon! My husband and I went to Korea and Japan for three weeks and it was so sad to come home! I'm eager to see what's next for you two! :)

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

    ReplyDelete
  33. Amazing pictures!
    I'm from Calgary and that's one of my favourite hikes for the views, although it can be quite crowded in the summer. I can't believe lakes exist that are that beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  34. OMG ! love yours photos ! So amazing . take me there :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Beautiful pictures, we honeymooned at Banff over 35 years ago in the middle of winter so Lake Louise was a vast field of snow. The hotel there was closed that winter for renovation so decided to still go to Canada and stay at Banff instead. We did get to see Lake Louise on a day trip but I would like to go back in the summer when this hike would be possible.

    ReplyDelete
  36. What a beautiful view, definitely a worthwhile hike. A very smart idea to have a tea house at the lake!

    Regards,

    Miss Eliza WonDerland
    www.misselizawonderland.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Amazing photos - the colour of the water is just stunning.
    Claire xx

    ReplyDelete
  38. gosh, Banff looks absolutely beautiful! Definitely putting it on my bucketlist

    https://lizzyofoz.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete