Mount Edith Cavell is located in the Athabasca River and Astoria River valleys of Jasper National Park, Canada. This mountain is one of the most historically interesting areas in the Jasper National Park and provides a great scenic drive along the Edith Cavell Road. There are extensive opportunities for hiking, climbing, photography and sight seeing. Mount Edith Cavell is one of the most visible and dominant peaks from the northern end of the Icefield Parkway. From Jasper, the mountain has a distinctive profile and the steep cliffs of its north face are always highlighted by snow. Mount Edith Cavell stands at an elevation of 3,363 metres (11,033 feet).
In 1916, the snow-capped peak was named in honour of Edith Louise Cavell (1865-1915), a British nurse who gained notoriety during World War I. In 1907, she re-located to Brussels to work as a nurse. During 1914, she was put in charge of a unit tasked with helping soldiers trapped behind enemy lines to rejoin their units. To the German army of the day this was a capital offence and her efforts resulted in her execution by firing squad. She is remembered to this day as a heroine.
Mount Edith Cavell is situated 5 kilometres (3 miles) south of Jasper. Travelling south from Jasper, follow Highway 93A for approximately 5 kilometres. Turn right into Edith Cavell Road shortly after crossing the Astoria River. This road is windy and narrow and is unsuitable for coaches, trailers and large motor homes. The road is only open in the summer as in the winter the road is used as a ski trail.
Access to the trails can be found about one kilometre before the end of the Edith Cavell Road. From the parking area, a short walk down the gravel path leads to the north end of Cavell Lake, a small powder blue melt water lake. The stunning Angel Glacier is easily reached by a short self-guiding trail at the foot of the mountain’s north wall. There is small bridge across the stream that empties the lake. From here there are splendid views with the lake in the foreground and the Mount Edith Cavell massif in the background.
There are several trails which wind their way through the mass of boulders, rubble, sand and rock flour formed by the grinding and wearing of the rocks around the glacier tongue. A longer trail leads to the picturesque Cavell Meadows. The hanging Angel Glacier is visible from Cavell Meadows, which spills over a 300 metre (984 feet) cliff on the north face. Neighbouring Dune Wall is a climbing area. The trail to the meadows is 3.8 kilometres one way, rising 370 metres (1,214 feet) to 2,135 metres (7,005 feet). A close up view of the north face of Mount Edith Cavell is clearly visible after a short hike to Cavell Meadows.