Mt. Edith Cavell Milky Way

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October 13, 2013: Milky Way over Mt. Edith Cavell on Thanksgiving Weekend.


Every October, Jasper town holds its annual Dark Sky Festival to celebrate its designation as the World’s Largest Dark Sky Reserve, free from urban city light pollution. One of the favourite activities during the festival is the Milky Way viewing. There are numerous locations within the national park for viewing the amazing Milky Way that are easily accessible by cars with a short walk, such as Pyramid Lake, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Columbia Icefield, etc. Mount Edith Cavell, deep into the mountain peaks away from light pollution, is yet another great location for viewing Milky Way.

Mount Edith Cavell nearby the Jasper Townsite is a popular hiking destination in Jasper National Park, with its three magnificent glaciers (Angel Glacier, Cavell Glacier, and Ghost Glacier), two scenic lakes (Cavell Lake and iceberg floating Cavell Pond), and one backcountry trail (Tonquin Valley Trail). Mt. Edith Cavell is accessible through Cavell Road that is open only during snow-free months, usually from June to October. Call the trail office in Jasper for trail conditions before heading out to Mt. Edith Cavell, so that you won’t get disappointed.

From my experience, the Milky Way lies in east-west direction at 9pm and slowly rotates to south-north direction at 3am. It’s nice to know this timing, so as to incorporate your favourite landscape with Milky Way during photography.

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October 13, 2013: The Big Dipper seen from Mt. Edith Cavell hiking trail. The pyramid shape mountain is Franchere Peak.

Milky Way over Angel Glacier in Mount Edith Cavell - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | FollowPanda.COM

October 13, 2013: Milky Way over Angel Glacier


Read Icefields Parkway Tour Guide for nearby attractions.

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October 13, 2013: Amazing Milky Way over Mount Edith Cavell

Milky Way over Mount Edith Cavell on Thanksgiving Weekend - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | FollowPanda.COM

October 13, 2013: The Milky Way is a bit faint due to the moon light coming from behind the mountain peaks.

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October 13, 2013: Try out different camera settings to improve the photography of Milky Way.

Milky Way over Mount Edith Cavell on Thanksgiving Weekend - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada | FollowPanda.COM

October 13, 2013: It can be cold at night on mountain top, so bring appropriate clothing and food to keep your body warm.

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October 13, 2013: This photo was taken around 10pm, so as you can see the Milky Way was still in the east-west direction, making it difficult to incorporate Milky Way with Mt. Edith Cavell sitting in the south. The best timing will probably be around 1 to 2am with the Milky Way slightly next to the mountain. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay up past 12 midnight; I was so sleepy and cold!!! Maybe next time?!

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October 13, 2013: Mt. Edith Cavell with Milky Way

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