Province/Territory: Alberta

Trail ride to historic mountain tea house

  • 90 year-old tea house built by mountain guides.
  • 5.5 kilometres return trip on horse back.
  • 2133 metres (7000 feet) above sea level

Discover the true Canadian Rockies on a trail ride with the legendary Brewster family, a real-life cowboy clan that has been part of Banff’s history for six generations. Witness the majesty of six hanging glaciers whose flow created Lake Louise millions of years ago, and visit the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House.

With your Brewster family guide leading the way, head off on a four-hour horseback ride through the Canadian Rockies, following in the footsteps of early explorers and mountaineers. Traverse the shimmering ice fields of Victoria Glacier. Ride under jagged rock faces, across sweeping avalanche plains and into sub-alpine forest along the slopes of Mount Whyte. Along the way, hear tales of Banff’s history over the last 100 years from people who have actually been there. Be one of the few to see black-horned mountain goats scramble up sheer rock. Learn how the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House was originally built in 1924 as a base for Swiss mountaineering guides. After partaking in refreshing food and drinks, begin your descent down the mountain while enjoying incredible views of crystalline-blue Lake Louise. Experience a majestic, memorable journey hosted by a family with an equally illustrious history.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy the views as your horse does the hard climb up to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House.
  • Watch the scenery change from lake shore through aromatic pines to see fields of glaciers.
  • Stop to take pictures of you with your trusty new equine companion.
  • See six glaciers from one view point.
  • Listen to ice avalanche from the glaciers in the distance.
  • Plan extra time to enjoy the scenery around Lake Louise.
  • Enjoy dinner at the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel when your ride is complete.

Weather

  • The weather in The Canadian Rockies is unpredictable with snow creeping into the forecast any month of the year, so be prepared by bringing a variety of layers. The sun at these alpine altitudes is strong year-long, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for protection from UV exposure is suggested.
  • Lake Louise enjoys warm summers with occasional unseasonably hot days, but it is not uncommon to have cooler temperatures. July and August daytime highs sit at an average of 21°C dipping to 7°C in the night. Lake Louise receives 55 mm of rain during the summer months.
  • The fall season is short for Lake Louise with chances of early snow in October. With daytime highs hovering around 10°C; it’s best to bring warm clothes.
  • Winter is wonderful but be prepared for the cold. December brings frosty air with an average daytime high of -3°C dipping to -14°C at night. Cold spells of -30°C can occur so heavy coats and warm boots are essential. Banff National Park sees an average of 2 metres of fluffy dry snow to fall over the course of the winter months.
  • Springtime is a mix of all seasons so bring some lighter weight clothes, as well as some thick sweaters and waterproof coat. The snow stays quite long into the season with spring daytime average high temperatures of 10°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Trail rides head out daily during the summer at 9:00am and 1:00pm from the stable at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Book directly with Brewster Adventures.
  • On-site food and beverage at the tea house. Cash purchase only.
  • On-site gift shop at the hotel.
  • In winter, enjoy a cozy horse drawn sleigh ride along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Louise.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather and the biggest crowds. Reservations are suggested.
  • Consider the shoulder season of June or September.
  • Beat the crowds by taking the early morning ride.
  • Don’t let winter stop you from enjoying the horses. Take a sleigh ride along the lake.
Need to know
  • This is the wilderness and you may encounter wild animals. Your guides are all trained for every situation along the trail.
  • The horses are well trained and are safe to ride.
  • Riders have to be able to ride comfortably for 4 hours on a horse.
  • Plan extra time to enjoy the scenery around Lake Louise.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, bring sun protection and a light jacket in case the weather changes.
Getting Here
  • Lake Louise is approximately 45 minutes from Banff through the Banff National Park.
  • From Banff head west on the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 54 km.
  • On-site parking for cars and RV’s.
  • Rental cars are available in Banff and Calgary, your hotel will have suggestions.