The Top 3 Must-See Lake Louise Horseback Riding Tours
The Mountain Horse has been an important part in the exploration and enjoyment of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for more than 250 years. An extraordinary combination of nature and human history has created the glory that is Lake Louise – wild, beautiful, and unforgettable. In the world’s imagination, this is Canada. Through various Lake Louise horseback riding operators, today’s visitors can relive the experience of the original visitors to the area.
This century old riding stable, riding the Heritage Trails, offer daily trips to famed locations such as the Plain of Six Glaciers, Lake Agnes Tea House, Paradise Valley, and the Giant Steps. There is no better way to experience the Canadian Rockies than on horseback. A soul-cleansing sense of peacefulness is yours as you breathe the fragrant air, gaze at the mountain panoramas, and enjoy your horseback adventure.
Our favourite Lake Louise horseback riding operator is the team at Brewster Adventures: www.brewsteradventures.com
DESTINATION LAKEHEAD RIDE
Approximately 1.5 to 2 Hours Riding
Destination ride travels along the northwest edge of the Lake through a century old sub-alpine forest of spruce and fir trees. As we travel to the end of the Lake, Mount Fairview can be seen to the east, with Mount Victoria to the south. The emerald color of the Lake can be seen through the trees as your ride progresses.
At the end of the Lake our final destination, you can look back to view the Chateau Lake Louise and have the opportunity for memory lasting photos.
LAKE AGNES TEA HOUSE HALF-DAY RIDE
Approximately 3 Hours Riding
Known as one of the most popular trails in the Canadian Rockies, our Lake Agnes teahouse ride will climb to an elevation of 7000 feet to a tarn nestled in a valley high above Lake Louise. This historic mountain teahouse, named after the wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister, was originally built in 1901, and rebuilt in 1981.
The trail follows along the tree line of Lake Louise through a large growth of sub alpine forest rich with Spruce and Fir trees. You will see Lake Louise below and the lower level of Fairview Mountain. As the trail climbs steadily to your teahouse destination you will soon view the base of Big Beehive Mountain and Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is often referred to as “the goat’s looking glass” as mountain goat still populate this area.
Climbing above Mirror Lake, the massive peaks of Mount St. Pirah, Mount Aberdeen and the glacial peaks of Mount Temple will all come into view. Mount Temple is the third highest peak in Banff National Park at 11,500 feet high.
PLAIN OF SIX GLACIERS TEA HOUSE RIDE
Approximately 4 Hours Riding
The mountain trail ride to the Plain of Six Glaciers is a continuation of the trail that takes you to the end of Lake Louise. We travel to the base of Victoria Glacier where you can view numerous breathtaking glacial fields and Mount Victoria.
The trail travels beneath spectacular rock faces and through sub alpine forest and across large avalanche paths along the slopes of Mount Whyte. We next travel to a viewpoint where the ‘plain’ can be viewed. This is a long glacier at the base of the lower Victoria Glacier.
From horseback, you will view six other glaciers including Lower Victoria, Upper Victoria, Aberdeen, Lefroy, Upper Lefroy and Popes. The splendour that is Lake Louise was created by the flow of these glaciers millions of years ago.
Traveling the last leg of your trip your guide will take you to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, built in 1924, at 7000 feet as a base for Swiss Guide mountaineers. This trail gives you grand views of Lake Louise and the lower valley floor as you descend in elevation.
All of the rides above are just a few minutes away from Baker Creek Mountain Resort, allowing you to get in the ride of a lifetime and then kick back, relax and soak up the ambiance at one of our authentic log cabins and suites. Book your stay today.