Photo by Jessica Woollard
Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
Built in 1924 by Swiss guides employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse was meant as refuge for mountaineers attempting to summit the peaks behind Lake Louise, namely Mount Victoria and Mount Lefroy. Today, following in their footsteps, you can walk the length of the lakeshore, then climb 340 meters (1,115 feet) along the lateral moraine of Victoria Glacier to arrive at the Teahouse. This beautiful stone-and-wood structure, situated—as its name implies—beneath six glaciers, serves simple soups, sandwiches, and baked goods to hungry hikers. Something about baking at altitude makes the scones and the chocolate cake taste that much better, as do the surreal views of Victoria Glacier. Prepare for up to two hours of hiking to arrive at the Teahouse. If you are keen to make a day of it, add another hour to hike to the Abbot Pass Hut viewing area, a lookout visible beyond the lunch spot.
By carolina novotny, AFAR Local Expert
Hiking from Lake Louise
Beginning at Lake Louise in beautiful Banff National Park, the Plain of Six Glaciers is a must-do if you visit the area. At just under 7 miles round-trip with over 1,000 feet of elevation gain, it's a great day hike that won't leave you too exhausted. Along the trail you'll pass jaw-dropping views of the turquoise waters and shrinking glaciers. You'll eventually climb to a dream-like valley that just so happens to have a teahouse!
By Adina Marguerite Pease, AFAR Local Expert
Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada