October 13, 2013: Mount Edith Cavell Monument
History: Edith Cavell
When Brussels fell to the German army during World War I, a British nurse in charge of a local nursing school refused to leave her post. Edith Cavell cared for the wounded of both sides and helped over 200 allied soldiers escape. She was arrested on charges of espionage and executed by a firing squad on October 12, 1915.
Edith Louisa Cavell became known as the “martyr nurse”. As a tribute to her courage, Canada gave her name to the grandest mountain in the Athabasca Valley.
Mount Edith Cavell has had many names. Native peoples called it the White Ghost. Voyageurs who used it as a landmark called it Montagne de la Grande Traverse [Mountain of the Great Crossing]. Others who followed called it Le Duc, Mount Fitzhugh and Mount Geikie.
None of the names held until A.O. Wheeler, founding president of the Alpine Club of Canada, was asked to select a mountain in memory of Edith Cavell. The Canadian Geographic Board approved his selection on March 7, 1916.
The names of peaks in Jasper National Park tell us who or what was important in a given era. The name Mount Edith Cavell bears witness to one woman’s courage in a world at war. The powerful association of woman and mountain has endured.
October 13, 2013: A hiker's bridge near the beginning section of Mt. Edith Cavell trail.
When does Mt. Edith Cavell open?
Mt. Edith Cavell is accessed via Cavell Road, which is open to vehicle traffic from mid-June to mid-October (Thanksgiving weekend). If you want to come here in winter, you have to hike 14km uphill, starting from Icefield Parkway Highway 93a. That’s a long uphill hike!
Mt. Edith Cavell is famous for its glacial sculpted mountain peaks, floating icebergs in the lake, ice caves beneath the glaciers, and breathtaking avalanches. A short and easy hike “Path of Glacier” about 1.6km round trip leads to a small lake, Cavell Pond, under the glaciers. This location can be a perfect outdoor venue in Jasper for wedding photography, engagement photos, portrait shots, and family group picture.
Read Icefields Parkway Tour Guide for nearby attractions.
October 13, 2013: A little stream with stepwise waterfalls by the hiker's bridge.
October 13, 2013: Looking back toward the parking lot (trailhead). Franchere Peak in the shape of pyramid can be seen in the background.
October 13, 2013: Mount Edith Cavell. The sky looks a bit different. The line is actually where clouds forms between hot and cold airs.
October 13, 2013: Hike down to Cavell Pond to see and touch giant floating icebergs.
October 13, 2013: It's an amazing experience to see glaciers so close.
October 13, 2013: Little angel and Angel Glacier.
October 13, 2013: Looking at Angel Glacier from Cavell Pond down below.
October 13, 2013: It was a quiet morning around 10:30am. I was the only hiker at the Cavell Pond.
October 13, 2013: With its short hiking distance of 1.6km round trip, Mt. Edith Cavell is a perfect outdoor venue in Jasper National Park for wedding photography, engagement photos, portrait shots, and family group pictures.
October 13, 2013: Say hi from this world famous tourist attraction in Jasper National Park of Canada.
October 13, 2013: See the floating iceberg up close. The iceberg is very hard and cold, like a giant ice cube. The outer layer is white, and the inner core is translucent blue-green color.
October 13, 2013: A multitude of hikers starts to show up around the lake, as the day goes by. The frequent avalanche activities also draws the crowds near.
October 13, 2013: People hike down to Cavell Pond. The background is Cavell Glacier. Warm temperature has been nibbling away the Cavell Glacier into small chucks of floating icebergs in the lake.
October 13, 2013: A couple of hikers. Pets are allowed only up to this point in Path of Glacier Trail. Pets are not allowed to Cavell Meadows Trail.
October 13, 2013: Glacier ring, just like tree ring, gives a clue to the life span of the glacier. The brown lines are deposits of rocks that fall on the top of glacier and eventually settle between layers, as the glacier continues to form.
October 13, 2013: A giant floating iceberg in the lake by Cavell Glacier.
October 13, 2013: Tourists taking pictures with icebergs.
October 13, 2013: A tourist taking a close-up shot of Cavell Glacier.
October 13, 2013: Mount Edith Cavell trail on Thanksgiving.
October 13, 2013: Looking at the glaciers from the above.
October 13, 2013: Glacier and Inukshuk. I built two inukshuk on a giant rock (a boy and a girl).
October 13, 2013: Hiking back to parking lot.
October 13, 2013: Edith Cavell Monument.