Mt. Edith Cavell

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Grande Prairie, Canada29 contributions
Jun 2022
Mount Edith Cavell is easily one of the most beautiful places in Jasper I’ve ever visited. It is such an amazing experience to see up so close. I do recommend going early in the morning so that there is less crowd and you can find parking. The road going up to Mount Edith Cavell is narrow and winding. At some points it would be nearly impossible for two cars to pass at the same time. There is a beautiful lookout spot on the way where you can stop and see the valley.
We took the Path of the Glacier trail in and it said 45 minutes, but it definitely did not take that long. We went around 8:30 in the morning and it was quite cold going in with spots of ice, but had warmed up within an hour on the way back out. Some of the trail can be quite steep but it’s not a hard trail by any means and can definitely be done by children and dogs.
We did go all of the way down to the water which was still mostly frozen over. If you’re visiting Mt. Edith Cavell for the blue water, you may want to wait until later in the summer especially if it’s been a long, cold winter like it was this year. Due to lingering snow, the Cavell Meadows Trail was also closed. It’s not difficult to get down there from the lookout spot but can be a little tricky as the trail is not groomed.
Definitely be careful approaching the water as the glacier can crack and break easily. We heard several cracks, saw a split widen, and a piece of Angel Glacier cracked off while we were there. Thankfully it was small and far from us.
It is definitely worth a visit. I feel that there’s not a lot of places in Jasper that put you directly in front of a mountain/glacier, but this is one of them.
Written June 29, 2022
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Lethbridge, Canada907 contributions
Aug 2019
The drive was beautiful but a bit scary. Very narrow with 180 degree switchbacks and drop-offs in some areas.
We arrived at the parking area late afternoon, after a long day of sight-seeing. It was starting to get cold and the mosquito's were horrendous so we decided to not attempt the hike to the glacier.
Written February 11, 2020
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Calgary, Canada1,141 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
After a long journey climbing a mountain to get to the access point, we arrived at Edith Cavell and witnessed why it is such a popular site. The contrast of water, glacier, mountain and forest was heavenly, and I was told you can hear the glacier crackling itself. Note when we went there in early July, that the second half of the main path was closed off due to an aggressive bear, so keep that in mind. We did not encounter any of them on our trek there, however. It is about a 15-20 minute walk of moderate incline from the parking lot to the site where we took pictures of the glacier. Definitely beautiful and worth the extra drive. Note it is about a 30 minute drive from the highway.

Note that during the 2017 season, the parks are working on expanding the parking lot so there is limited access to the site and you will require a permit from the Jasper information center in town (they hand them out first thing in the morning between 8-10am situated in a table outside). You can select one of four times and there is a timeframe you can use the permits for. When we went there, despite being a busy weekend, we managed to get one for a few days later (lots of availability). Same-day permits were obviously taken quicker, but there was still one time left towards the end of the two hour window, to give you a reference point.

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Written August 3, 2017
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Chicago, IL836 contributions
This set of hikes, the one that goes to the Angel Glacier and the pond below it ... and the Cavell Meadows made for a beautiful afternoon for us. The first can be done in an hour and requires no hiking stamina ... it's mostly paved. The Cavell Meadows hike is definitely a lot of up in a hurry, but takes you through wonderful meadows filled with flowers - at least when we were there in early August. Just a great hike! By the way, if you're wondering what our favorite hike was it was in Banff NP - Plain of the Six Glaciers. I put up a photo web album of our whole trip, with captions and the pictures that correspond with Mt. Edith Cavell are #154-166.. There are pictures of both hikes. Go to, if interested and let me know if you have any questions.
Written August 16, 2010
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Jasper, Canada29,986 contributions
Mt. Edith Cavell is one of my favourite places in Jasper National Park, one I would recommend as an absolute "do not miss"! You can just drive up the road, stopping at the Astoria River look-out and then at the viewing area at the end of the road, or you can do a short walk (about 2 km, the Path of the Glacier Trail) or a longer hike to beautiful subalpine meadows and a ridge above treeline (the 8 km Cavell Meadows trail). The views of the mountain and the Angel Glacier are truly stunning, and I have often heard rockfall or seen small avalanches.

The history of Edith Cavell, a British WW1 nurse, is fascinating and if you are interested in knowing more about her than just the small amount of information posted on the interpretive panels, there are books available at Jasper bookstores (such as the Friends of Jasper shop in the Visitor Information Centre).

I make sure to hike the Cavell Meadows trail at least once each summer and the photos I've included are from some of the times I have been there.
Written October 7, 2010
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John W
Orange, CT154 contributions
We hiked Mount Edith Cavell the first week of August 2009. This was the best hike we did the entire week. We noticed several hikers well into their 70s (or 80s), yet you need to be in shape. The beginning is an easy loop along the glacier basin. Hike right up to the lake formed by the melting glacier. Then hike up the mountain (take the right path when given a choice), and be able to look across to the top of the glacier. Wildflowers were everywhere. Get there before 10am, or parking in the lot can be a problem. Pick a parking spot where you won't get boxed in by subsequent cars.
Written September 11, 2009
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,909 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
I became very emotional when visiting this mountain. I grew up in a village only a couple of miles from where Edith Cavell was born but, until I reached Jasper, I had no idea that Canada had named this fantastic mountain after our Norfolk heroine who was shot by the Germans in 1915 for helping British soldiers to escape. As soon as I discovered the existence of the mountain I knew that I had to visit it in order to pay homage to that immensely brave lady.

The road to the mountain is 14 kilometres of almost continuous bends until you reach the parking lot. There is then quite a steep, but reasonably paved, path to the viewing point. From here there is a fantastic view of the north face of this unbelievably beautiful mountain, and also of the Angel glacier. At the foot of the glacier is a lake filled with ice floes. Many signs warn of possible flash floods that might occur if part of the glacier should break away and fall into the lake. For me, this was not only emotional, it was also one of the most stunning sights that I saw during my visit to Canada.
Written September 26, 2016
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Brian R
Vancouver, Canada72 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
This is a must-do if you're headed up Jasper way. I have conducted coach tours for years up the Canadian Rockies but Mount Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier was not on any itinerary.

But there's a reason for this: The road is quite narrow and very twisty. Highway coaches are simply too big for the road. If you're driving an RV, you can do the drive- so long as it's not one of those huge affairs. If you are towing a trailer, leave it in the designated parking lot.

Part-way up the road you will find yourself stopping to gasp at the Tonquin Valley. Take the pictures and continue up, right to the base of Mt. Edith Cavell.

From the parking lot there is a 45-minute walk (there and back) with moderate elevation gain. Bear in mind that you are at a relatively high altitude so for those who are not fit it may seem like a challenge but take your time: there are benches to rest along the way and the view once you get to the viewing area is jaw-dropping.

It feels a bit disorienting as there are two cliff faces perpendicular to each other that soar thousands of feet above your head. It feels like you are in a room yet the walls are hundreds of feet away so while your brain thinks you can reach out and touch the 'walls' every other sense tells you that you are a speck in this mountainous spectacle. It is indeed awe-inspiring.

Much to my surprise, the full length of the road has just recently been repaved so it is a smooth, well marked road. The pathways are well maintained. Being there on October 1st I found very few people around but I imagine during the summer months it is quite busy.

That said, it is still a must-do spot if you're looking for that quintessential Canadian Rockies experience, where the mountains tower over you, impeding passing clouds and touching the heavens above.
Written October 4, 2013
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Dallas, TX71 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Travel to Edith Cavell Mountain requires getting a pass. The passes are issued at the Jasper Information center right opposite to rail station on Connaught Drive. The passes are issued at 08:00 AM and decently long line forms by then. Passes are issued for three time slots a day for (anything remaining) that day and next two days. When went by later we noticed that there was no line which means if you don’t care for the slot you should get a pass. Pass is for window of time so if it is for 08:30 to 11:30 you are expected to enter in that window there is no one regulating when you should leave. I would recommend first slot as there are very few people. The parking area has bathrooms but no refreshments.
Coming to the attraction, it is worth every bit. It has excellent hiking where one can go pretty close to the glaciers. There is a shorter hike of about 1.5 KM (up and down) that takes you to viewing points of Cavell pond, Cavell Glacier and Angel Glacier. There was a second more longer hike 9KM (up and down) which we could not do. I believe on the second one they don’t allow pets. Early in the day it felt cooler so take a light jacket with you. The view of the glacier and the valley on the other end with a lake at distance makes it a stunning view. Don’t forget to take notice of Ange” like formation of the glacier above that gives the name.
Definitely worth a trip, I must say one of the most beautiful and serene scenery in the park.
Written September 8, 2017
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Bewdley, UK253 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
The Mountain is an iconic image of jasper and well worth a trip out to see it in more detail. if you take the walk out to the lake please avoid the temptation to get under the overhanging glacier, a huge piece broke of and shattered on the rocks whilst we were their, if anyone had been underneath it they would have been killed for sure, lots of people who were close by (ignoring the warning signs) had a lucky escape.
Written October 24, 2011
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