We successfully camped our first night in Banff National Park and woke up under the giant towering evergreens (seriously, not as many maple trees as Canada leads on). That morning we made breakfast over the fire and planned out our day. We decided that we would visit Lake Louise this day because we had heard such wonderful things and seen such awesome pictures and we wanted to see what all the fuss was about for ourselves. We packed up some things to take with us for the day and drove the half hour to the trail. We got there early enough that we could still park really close. We started walking across the parking lot and through some trees and BAM we were there! We were pretty caught off guard because we expected this beautiful gem to be off the beaten path a bit, but nope! The path is literally paved because it was so well beaten…
We were surrounded by foreign tourists with selfie-sticks and middle aged women taking pictures with their iPads. Our own personal hell. But Lake Louise still did not disappoint! Her beauty far outweighed the crowds.
We considered renting canoes to get more up close and personal with the lake but at over a hundred dollars an hour we decided against it. Instead, we wanted to hike to the tea house up the mountain. The hike was challenging but also the most rewarding. The higher you go the prettier Lake Louise’s colors become and the farther out across the mountains you can see.
Also, we had to make a stop along the way, we were getting warm and Taylor had to change into his outfit for the dad clothing convention at the top of the mountain…
Anywho, we kept trudging along trying to take in every second. We stopped a little lake that we found on our way up to the top. So many of their lakes are crystal clear because they are filled with fresh water coming off the snow and glaciers at the top of the mountains.
The hike was starting to get steeper and more challenging which had to mean we were getting close, right? Right. We finally climbed to the tea house that is parked right on Lake Agnes and it blew us away with another breathtaking view.
We actually managed to find a table for four pretty quickly inside the tea house. There are only like five tables inside so we got pretty lucky. We each tried a different tea and they all ended up being amazing. We also ordered biscuits and a PB&J and to this day my mouth waters when I think of those biscuits. SO GOOD! A lady that worked there told us there is no running water and no electricity. They go out in the morning and get the water from Lake Agnes and boil it for all of the tea. This also means there is no real refrigeration so everything is pretty freaking fresh. This stop was just what we needed so we could rest and trudge on. We decided to head a little farther up the mountain to the Little Beehive Trail.
The views here made all of the difficulty of the hike completely worth it. We hung out up there for quite a while just taking it all in. I think all of us agreed at the end of our trip that this was our favorite hike of all the ones we did. The views we saw here, overlooking Lake Louise from way up top, just couldn’t be outdone.
After soaking it all in for a while we headed back down the mountain and back toward Miss Louise. We eventually made it down and found our car. We started heading back to our campsite in Johnston Canyon when Daniel saw a bunch of cars pulled over on the side of the highway going the opposite direction. He was pretty sure he saw bears which is why everyone was out of their car. So, naturally, we whipped a U-ey and pulled over with them. Sure enough! There was a mama brown bear with two cubs!
Taylor got way better pictures on his real camera so I will try to remember to update later! Also, the leggings I wore this day are my Altarego Apparel leggings, you can find them here. Use my code: adventuresofang for 15% off your purchase! Learn more about my collaboration with Altarego here. More Banff adventures to come!