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Big Beehive

A much photographed mountain in Banff National Park


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The Beehive is one of the most famous mountains in Banff National Park, Alberta. It got its name in 1890 because of its resemblance to a beehive. There is another smaller mountain that also looks like a beehive; it's called the Little Beehive. The 2,270-m (7,448 ft) Big Beehive mountain towers over Lake Louise and can be accessed through the Big Beehive Trail passing by Lake Agnes, Mirror Lake, and Lake Louise.

The Big Beehive Trail is about 9.9 km (6.2 mi) long. It starts at Lake Louise, then takes hikers to the beautiful Lake Agnes Teahouse. After the Teahouse, the trail continues along the Lake Agnes shoreline with fewer hikers as lots of them choose the Teahouse as their final destination. Right behind the Teahouse, you'll find a junction where the trail to the right takes you to the Little Beehive and Mount St. Piran, and if you keep walking straight, you'll walk towards the Big Beehive.

The best time to walk this trail is from June through September when the water in the lakes is not frozen and the path is convenient for walking. The trail is mostly used by hiking, nature trips, and birding enthusiasts. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on a leash.

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