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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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Lodging Near Mount Edith Cavell

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$95
Maligne Lodge

Maligne Lodge

912 Connaught Drive, Jasper
3.5
of 5, from 755 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$86
Mount Robson Inn

Mount Robson Inn

902 Connaught Drive, Jasper
3.9
of 5, from 1,119 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$102
Tonquin Inn

Tonquin Inn

100 Juniper Street, Jasper
3.4
of 5, from 881 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$76
Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge

94 Geikie St, Jasper
3.5
of 5, from 962 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Jasper hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Activity Centre, Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site and Jasper Artists Guild are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$92
Whistler's Inn

Whistler's Inn

105 Miette Ave, Jasper
3.8
of 5, from 701 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper hotel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

Calla's Palace

Calla's Palace

717 Geikie Street, Jasper
3.9
of 5, from 44 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Jasper Artists Guild, Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives and Jasper Activity Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$96
Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge

86 Connaught Drive, Jasper
4.1
of 5, from 1,262 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Marmot Lodge, nestled in the heart of Jasper National Park, is 2.5 miles from Lake Annette, and 3 miles from both Lac Beauvert and Lake Edith.

$132
The Crimson Jasper

The Crimson Jasper

200 Connaught Drive, Jasper
3.8
of 5, from 631 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Jasper motel is in the mountains and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jasper Information Centre National Historic Site, Jasper Activity Centre, and Jasper Municipal Library. Jasper Artists Guild and Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives are also within 15 minutes.