The hike up to the Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell near Jasper, Alberta is one of those experiences which takes only a few hours but remains in memory for decades.
Once in the car park hike up to the main observation area, but then continue up over the rubble fields to the rear as if you intended to climb the glacier. You'll know when to veer off the trail and climb to the apex. Sitting on a rock up there with the iced wind on your face puts you in the same mental space as the glacier itself, and without coach access, you're assured of some measure of privacy to enjoy the feeling. Below the melt off glows in a startling shade of silty turquoise. Heaven.
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