Photo by Jessica Woollard
Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse
Built in 1924 by Swiss guides employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Plain of 6 Glaciers Tea house 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 340m (1115feet) along the lateral moraine of Victoria Glacier to arrive at the Tea House. 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 1.5–2 hours of hiking to arrive at the Tea House. If you are keen to make a day of it, add another hour to hike to the Abbot Hut viewpoint, a lookout visible beyond the lunch spot.
By carolina novotny, AFAR Local Expert
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Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada