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Mount Edith Cavell

As rugged, rocky beauty goes, this is one of the Canadian Rockies’ finest examples. Don’t miss the Angel Glacier at its foot, another geological marvel.

A trip to Mount Edith Cavell is as easy or as challenging as you want it to be. Its 11,034 feet (3,363 meter) peak can be conquered by the adventurous, but those who would rather just take in a the scenery can stick to easier trails. Two base trails lead to Angel Glacier and the longer of the two goes on to the Cavell Meadows.

Though its history is ancient, Mount Edith Cavell’s name is relatively new. Originally the mountain was called “White Ghost” by Native Amercians. A French mountaineer called it ”la Montagne de la Grande Traverse. However, during World War I it was officially renamed Edith Cavell, to commemorate the execution of this heroic Red Cross nurse.

Coming off the north face of Mount Edith Cavell is the Angel Glacier. It derived its heavenly name from its shape, which used to be like an angel spreading its wings. The ‘wings’ are still there, but the bottom half has eroded. The glacier pours down in a small lake. Often you can see icebergs floating around it.

You can see the Angel Glacier at the start of the Cavell Meadows trail. This trail is more strenuous than the short Path of the Glacier Trail. In summer, the meadows come alive with the colors of various alpine flowers, The ascending trail leads you between forested areas and glacial deposits, offering superb viewpoints along the way. Allow three hours for the return trip.

If you are a mountaineer, choose between the various ascents up Mount Cavell. The North Face Main Summit route is one of the most challenging and is rated among the best in North America. To attempt any climb, you should be fully equipped and experienced.

Mount Edith Cavell is located in Jasper National Park. Head south from Jasper along Icefields Parkway and branch off to the right before it crosses the Athabasca River. Cavell Road completes the journey to the foot of the mountain, but be aware that this road is usually closed in winter due to snowfall. 


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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge £292
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper resort is within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Maligne Lake is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

    Whistler's Inn £210
    Whistler's Inn

    Whistler's Inn

    105 Miette Ave, Jasper, AB
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Patricia Lake is 3 mi (4.8 km) away. Jasper Station is only a 1-minute walk.

      Maligne Lodge £192
      Maligne Lodge

      Maligne Lodge

      912 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Jasper Municipal Library and Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site are also within 15 minutes. Jasper Station is 14 minutes by foot.

        Mount Robson Inn £205
        Mount Robson Inn

        Mount Robson Inn

        902 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away. Jasper Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Tonquin Inn £185
          Tonquin Inn

          Tonquin Inn

          100 Juniper Avenue, Jasper, AB
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Patricia Lake is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Jasper Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Alpine Manor
            Alpine Manor

            Alpine Manor

            723 Patricia St, Jasper, AB
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Jasper, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. Jasper Station is 8 minutes by foot.

              Calla's Palace
              Calla's Palace

              Calla's Palace

              717 Geikie Street, Jasper, AB
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Jasper Station is 6 minutes by foot.

                Sawridge Inn Jasper £165
                Sawridge Inn Jasper

                Sawridge Inn Jasper

                76 Connaught Dr, Jasper, AB
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is situated in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Jasper National Park and Icefields Parkway, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Jasper Activity Centre and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 1 mile (2 km). Jasper Station is 19 minutes by foot.