|Lake Louise from Skilift|
There is an excellent visitors center at the top and some hiking trails. The bears were active along the trails, so they unfortunately were closed. We took the lift back down, had a good lunch, and went across the valley back to Lake Louise.
One of the things Canadian Pacific Railroad did when it was trying to attract tourists 100 years ago - oh, how attitudes toward passenger trains have changed, the CPR only carries freight now - was to build tea houses at the end of trails from Banff and Lake Louise. We decided to hike to the tea house at Lake Agnes. Little did we know. Always read the fine print. 4.2 kilometers seemed innocent enough, as were the first 800 level meters. From there on, though, the trail went up, and up, and more up - sometimes steep, sometimes steeper, only occasionally moderate - but always up. We did our slow but steady thing and finally arrived at the teahouse, huffing and puffing - we count that as an achievement that ranks with Inspiration Point in the Tetons and the summit of Whistlers Mountain in Jasper.
|Lake Agnes Tea House|
|Looking down on Lake Louise from the Lake Agnes Trail|