October 13, 2013: Cavell Glacier is located at the foothill of Mt. Edith Cavell, next to the Cavell Pond. Warm temperature has been nibbling away the Cavell Glacier slowly into small chucks of icebergs that are frequently seen floating around in the pond.
The Glaciers of Mount Edith Cavell
About 400 years ago, a worldwide cooling trend started a “little ice age” in mountain regions. Here, glacier ice advanced down the valley, reaching as far as the parking area. More recently—within the last 100 years—a warming trend has caused the ice to melt back to its present position.
Rising to an elevation of 3363 meters, Mount Edith Cavell receives heavy snowfall, sometimes even in summer. Unable to cling to the mountain’s sheer walls, much of the snow avalanches down into the cold shadows of the northeast face. Here it collects on ledges, in the cirque and on the valley floor and is transformed into glacier ice.
Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park of Canada is famous for its glacier sculpted mountain peaks, floating icebergs in a little pond at the foothills, and breathtaking avalanches that occur throughout the day. The Cavell has three glaciers. The Angel Glacier is sandwiched between Mt. Edith Cavell and Sorrow Peak. The Cavell Glacier is at the foothills of Mt. Edith Cavell by the Cavell Pond. The Ghost Glacier that used to dangle on the cliff of Mt. Edith Cavell is no longer present after its collapse in August 2012.
Access to Mt. Edith Cavell is through the Cavell Road, which opens only from mid-June to mid-October (Thanksgiving weekend). The Cavell Road is 14km from Highway 93a. A scenic drive along the Astoria River Valley to the end of this road leads to a parking lot and the trailhead to see the glaciers of Mt. Edith Cavell in Canadian Rockies.
October 13, 2013: Close-up view of Cavell Glacier. A tourist was walking around the Cavell Pond to get closer to the Cavell Glacier.
October 13, 2013: Area around the pond is closed due to recent frequent avalanche activity; however, tourists continue to venture their way to get close to the pond to see the floating icebergs, glaciers, and sometimes ice caves up close. These two tourists were the first ones who decided to go ahead and hike down to the pond. Afterwards, other tourists poured in.
October 13, 2013: More and more tourists gathered around the Cavell Pond to touch giant icebergs and take a closer look of the glaciers and even ice caves. On the other side of the pond is Cavell Glacier.
Video: Avalanches of Mt. Edith Cavell
The first half of the video shows an avalanche down the Angel Glacier and a few human figures standing underneath the glacier for scale comparison. The second half shows a bigger avalanche rumbling down the cliff to Cavell Glacier. The third glacier, Ghost Glacier, no longer exists since 2012.
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October 13, 2013: A giant iceberg floats on the Cavell Pond. If you look closely at this picture, there was actually a person standing next to Cavell Glacier on the other side of the pond.
October 13, 2013: Beyond the giant iceberg are two curious tourists walking toward the edge of Cavell Glacier.
October 13, 2013: A tourist with a pet. Pets are allowed upto this point of hiking trail. Beyond this, pets are not allowed.
October 13, 2013: Due to its short, well maintained hiking trail, Mt. Edith Cavell can be a great outdoor venue for wedding photography, engagement photos, portrait shots, and family group pictures.
October 13, 2013: A group of tourists swarmed toward Cavell Pond to see icebergs and glaciers up close.
October 13, 2013: Floating icebergs by Cavell Pond.
October 13, 2013: Cavell Glacier is actually very big if you stand next to it.
October 13, 2013: A tourist taking pictures of Cavell Glacier.
October 13, 2013: Cavell Glacier of Mt. Edith Cavell
October 13, 2013: Angel Glacier (upper right) and Cavell Glacier (lower left)
October 13, 2013: Cavell Glacier and Cavell Pond
October 13, 2013: Mt. Edith Cavell Trail
October 13, 2013: Glaciers and Inukshuk