Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Local Culture
- 74%Family Travelers
- 74%Budget Travelers
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- Plain of Six Glaciers Tea HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to Review
Getting here is half the fun! It was a glorious Fall day when I took the loop from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes (and the Tea House), and onwards to the Plain-of-Six Glaciers (and this Tea House) and back down. I'm also a fast hiker (even at this altitude) and was back from this 8.5 mile hike well before the suggested days journey.
The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House is a two-story stone building that was finished in 1927 and designed to serve as a pit stop between the Lake below and the masses of ice above. Joy Kimball, who at 80+ quickly cruises up the mountain, still helps out baking homemade chocolate cake, bread and biscuits up here, all without the benefit of electricity. She bought the tea house from the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1959 after seeing an advertisement in the newspaper.
About 20,000 pounds of tea house necessities drop from the sky, thanks to a helicopter, each spring and are then stuffed into a tiny shed. More ingredients make it up the mountain during the summer and fall courtesy of pack horses. Employees stay in little cabins steps away from the tea house for five days straight, then down the mountain for two. Fresh goods are backpacked in, and garbage out.
My hike was very enjoyable, drop dead gorgeous in many spots, and offered wonderful Tea House hospitality. The prices are a little higher, but considering what it takes to keep one of these seasonal places running, it's still a great and delicious value for the money.
Don't forget your layers (and sturdy shoes) as weather conditions and footing rapidly changed during my sojourn. And it's so worth it to see the glaciers more up close and personal like this.Recommended for:
- Plain of Six Glaciers Tea HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
I was here in the big Banff National Park back in about 64,65,66 and remember just a few things about it! It was a very nice place to visit at the time! Nice fishing, camping then and had beautiful scenery!
- Plain of Six Glaciers Tea HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 6
It's a lovely hike. It's suited for any kind of hiker, from beginner to intermediate it's fairly easy. There's a tea house that sells food and drinks but it's pretty pricy but the great thing is you can drink straight from the glacier water that runs down the mountain.
- Plain of Six Glaciers Tea HouseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
We went first to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea house and up then to the "Death Trap" at Abbotts Pass from Lake Louise. Afterwards we took the loop over to the Lake Agnes Tea House on to Mirror Lake and back down to Lake Louise. The Plain of Six Glaciers (there are only three left though) was a fantastic stop in the middle of our hike. We had vegetable soup (sweet potatoes, (firm) macaroni, garbanzo beans and seet onions) and homemade bread that was as good as any soup and bread we have ever ordered anywhere. Delicious! The place was packed with friendly co-hikers and it was enjoyable to relax for 30-45 minutes before continuing on. Staff resides on site without electricity or running water and hike in all the fresh vegetables. Beautiful views from the top level of the tea house. Wish I'd ordered tea, but the lemonade was tasty as well.Recommended for:
- Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House
This tea house is really cute. All food is cooked on propane stoves as there is no electricity. Supplies are dropped by helicopter once every season and staff hike in and out extra suppliers/rubbish. Gluten free wraps are available with a few options of gluten free fillings.