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Lake Agnes Tea House

Stop by the oldest teahouse in Canada


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The Lake Agnes Tea House is a small hut located on the eastern side of Lake Agnes in Banff National park, Alberta. The house is built at an elevation of 7,005 ft (2,135 m) and is open only from early June to Canadian Thanksgiving in mid-October. The working hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Without running water and electricity, the teahouse offers a choice of over 100 different types of tea in front of the fireplace. The teahouse accepts Canadian and US dollars.

Built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the teahouse served as a shelter for hikers since 1905. It was reconstructed in 1981. Agnes Lake Teahouse can be reached by a two-hour hike that covers 4.5 mi (7.2 km). The trail to the teahouse begins at Chateau Lake Louise near Lake Louise village. The short paved trail is going up the hill towards the forest. In the forest, the paved section of the trail ends, and you'll be climbing a dirt trail. It goes past Mirror Lake. From there, take the path to the right and climb the stairs.

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