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Owner of remote Lake Louise teahouse celebrates 50 years

The owner of one of Alberta's more remote tourist attractions is celebrating 50 years of serving tea and cookies in the mountains above Lake Louise.

The owner of one of Alberta's more remote tourist attractions is celebrating 50 years of serving tea and cookies in the mountains above Lake Louise.

Joy Kimball, 79, has owned the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse since 1959.

"I saw something… where they were thinking of selling the chateau at one time, that was in '59, and I just wrote the manager and asked if he'd like to sell the teahouse and he said 'Yes, please,' " Kimball said.

The small stone and timber building was built in 1927 by two brothers from Switzerland and is accessible only by a six-kilometre hike through the Rocky Mountains.

This weekend, former employees and tourists will make the trek to the remote teahouse to celebrate.

"We're having a big dinner for all the ex-staff and people like that. We're gonna have draws and give them free cookies and cake, things like that. Oh, [and] champagne, of course," Kimball said.

Now that Kimball is retired, her daughter has taken over the teahouse's day-to-day operations.