Posted by Sharon Auld
Lake Agnes Couple’s Session
If you can get away to the Canadian Rockies, there are many spectacular locations for hiking. Hiking to the Lake Agnes Tea House is a popular trail in the Lake Louise area, and one not to be missed! Fortunately for us, Tara Whittaker Photography is sharing her summer couple’s shoot with Christine and Cody. Whether you live near or far, if this isn’t a destination you’ve made this summer, sit back with a cup of tea and live vicariously through these stunning images! The mountains will be here next summer, still beckoning.
From Tara Whittaker Photography on her Lake Agnes Couple’s Session:
“I was so happy to meet Christine and Cody who share a passion for exploring the Rockies and each other. We planned an evening hike to Lake Agnes and arrived just as the sun was dropping behind Mt. Niblock and Mt. Whyte. Here’s some images from our adventures that day.”
Situated near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, at an altitude of 2,135 m ( 7,005 ft), the Lake Agnes Tea House is a moderate hike from Lake Louise, with an elevation gain of 400 m (1,300 ft). After a forested hike on a decent path, the valley opens to reveal the beautiful Lake Agnes. At the Tea House you can sit relax, have tea and refuel with a hearty lunch of homestyle soup, fresh baked breads and sandwiches.
The Tea House, which was originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, was named after the original first lady of Canada, Lady Agnes MacDonald (wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister). She first visited the area in 1886, and fell in love with the idyllic lake and hanging valley! This was where the original Lake Agnes Tea House was built in 1901. Today, it’s enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year and the very spot Christine and Cody arrived to late in the afternoon, on this sunny, summer day.
From Christine on her Lake Agnes Couple’s Session:
“The mountains have been my second home since I was a child. I remember packing up the trailer and getting ready for a week of hiking and campfires in the summers, as well as bundling up and carrying my skis to the hill for some crisp mountain-side enjoyment. This routine has carried on right through to my twenties, where I continue to eagerly pounce on every opportunity to explore new areas of the mountains I hadn’t before. It gives me so much joy and peace being out there I can’t imagine not having them so close to my very home. Since meeting Cody, I’ve felt like a little kid again, making him come on every new adventure with me and exploring new places. And each time I do, he comes alongside with a big smile (partly because he’s laughing at the fact that I’m way too excited to get out there) and partly because he too, has enjoyed making new memories and finding new hidden gems with me. I love having the mountains as my home away from home, and someone alongside me to explore them.”
Thank you so much to Tara Whittaker Photography for sharing these wonderful images with us and for Christine and Cody for letting us follow along on one of their mountain adventures!
Read more about Calgary and Lake Louise wedding photographer, Tara Whittaker in our “Fireside Chat” Series here, or check out one of our most popular features: “Mountain Veils” from Tara Whittaker Photography!