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  • Close up of Cavell Pond and all the ice
    Close up of Cavell Pond and all the ice
    by Ann75
  • View of Cavell Lake from the trail
    View of Cavell Lake from the trail
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  • Cavell Pond and the trail to it
    Cavell Pond and the trail to it
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    Path of the Glaciers Trail at Mount Edith Cavell

    by Ann75 Written Sep 9, 2013
    Cavell Pond and the trail to it
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    The Path of the Glacier Loop in Jasper National Park is an easy 1.6km/1mi walk that takes you along the Cavell pond with pieces of ice in it fallen from the glaciers. From here you have views of the several glaciers and Mount Edith Cavell. Take about 1 to 2 hours to complete this walk. That said, the trail is tucked under the north face of Mount Edith Cavell and can be quite a cool place even on a mid-summers day so a light jacket is a good thing to bring along. It can be windy here as well. You will walk along a trail in the middle of the rubble from rock slides, so stay on the trail as some of the fragile plants are growing between the rocks because there is a creek running through there giving plant life a chance.

    Make sure you stay on the designated trails in this area and away from the cliffs where there is danger from falling boulders and avalanches of snow and ice. Do not approach the Angel Glacier. House-size blocks of ice crash down.

    Last year in the summer of 2012 the Ghost Glacier came crashing down into Cavell Pond and the area was closed off for several months, the parking lot and road was partially washed away by debris and mudslides from that. So, I am not sure if the trail is still exactly the same as I haven't been there since the Ghost Glacier came down. But it's all open to the public again and this place can be enjoyed again, just be careful and obey the signs!

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    Towering to 2445 meters - A Grand Sight

    by scottishvisitor Written Aug 3, 2005

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    Mount O'Hagan

    To hear the wind whispering through the trees which cover the great slopes is a joy to behold - then to hear it gradually building to a crescendo as you hear & feel the mighty winds - find the fleece & sit back & enjoy this wonderous experience.

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    MT Edith Cavell

    by orke Written Oct 27, 2004

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    this place is really nice u get to see a really cool glacier on the mountain side , a small pool full of little bergi bites and alot of snow and mountains around you.

    u have to walk from the parking - not a really long walk but not the shortest ull walk ....about 30 minutes walk - ull see angel glacier to ur right but keep going and then ull see the pool - get closer to it - go down with the trail till u r there

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    Mount Edith Cavell - Edith Cavell Basin

    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 17, 2004

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    Edith Cavell Basin

    Needless to say anything. Just look at the picture. And imagine Mount Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier just above it.

    As you can see the basin is filled with ice floes. Look at the glacier in the back. You can see streaks of brown dirt/debris in the blue ice, caused by the growth of new ice layers on top of older ones which had dirt/debris on top of them.

    You might not see it due to the perspective, but there are at least some 50 metres of lake between the ice floes and the edge of the glacier.

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    Mount Edith Cavell - Angel Glacier

    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 17, 2004

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    Angel Glacier

    Well, the picture says it all. Angel Glacier is named after its form. Shaped like an angel with spreaded wings, this is one of the most spectacular glaciers I've seen.

    When you stand here you can (in the summer) often hear (if you are lucky see) parts of the glacier breaking off. Only when combining this roaring sound with seeing relatively small parts break off, makes you realize how big this thing really is.

    In the pic you see the glacier with the peak of Mount Edith Cavell to its left. As a reference: Edith Cavell Basin is located just outside the lower left corner of this photo.

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    Mount Edith Cavell

    by JanPeter74 Updated Sep 17, 2004

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    Mount Edith Cavell

    Without a doubt Mount Edith Cavell (3363 m.) was the highlight of our trip to Jasper. The north face of this impressive peak towers over the town of Jasper and is definitely a must-see. Between Jasper townsite and the Athabasca Falls further south, the main road (hwy 93) is parallelled by the old road (hwy 93A). Somewhere halfway this hwy 93A, the Edith Cavell road leads towards the Mount Edith Cavell parking lot. Be prepared that the quality of this 15 km. tarmac road is extremely poor. So be careful and take your time. (I guess it can be done with a camper as well, but to be safe, ask at a visitors centre.)

    Once you've arrived, you can either choose to do a nice alpine meadows walk. Or take the main hiking trail to the base of Mount Edith Cavell. It is a short hike (1/2 hour max.), but what a scenery! Towering in front of you is the impressive north face of Mount Edith Cavell. To the right "hangs" the spectacular Angel Glacier and at your feet lies Edith Cavell Basin, filled with ice floes and yet another small glacier.

    Don't mix up this Edith Cavell Basin with Cavell Lake, which is located close by but lies closer to the main road in the valley.

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    Mt. Edith Cavell

    by lhe Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Edith Cavell

    Mt. Edith Cavell (3,363 m) is the highest mountain in the vincinty of Jasper townsite. Here has one of the most popular hikes in the park. It is so popular that you should get there early, or you might have trouble finding a parking spot. From the parking lot, there are two trails to choose from. The Cavell Meadow trail is longer and steep, but you will be rewarded with alpine meadows, along with a spectacular view of the the mountain and the Angel Glacier hanging on its north face. The Path of the Glacier trail is shorter and takes you to the Cavell Pond, right below the Angel Glacier.

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  • Mt Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier

    by poilichu Updated Jul 26, 2004

    try to be there before 11AM. It get pretty crowded later. (not enough parking ) It is definitely worth the driving (a lot of switchback on a narrow road). The hike to the pond is a little steep but it is a loop . you can take the right side of the loop to the pond and come back the same way.

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  • old fort point near Jasper town

    by poilichu Written Jul 26, 2004

    The view at old fort point near Jasper town is very beautiful.You can see The river winding through the valley and how the Jasper rafting tour group floating back . If you climb high enough, you can see the Jasper town below you.Just climb up the wooden stairs near the parking lot in old fort point, you wo'nt regret at all !

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    Athabaska Glacier

    by Karolina01 Updated Jul 13, 2004

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    The glacier is located between Lake Louise and Jasper. The icefield is about 300 m. thick. Its melt waters flow into the Mackenzie, North Saskatchewan and Columbia Rivers.
    You can also take a trip onto the Athabaska Glacier in Brewster Tour's show coaches, which have been modified to drive on ice. ($30)

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    Columbia Icefields

    by spartan Updated May 21, 2004

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    One of the many views along the road

    Jasper National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It doesn't get as much publicity as it's next door neighbor (Banff National Park) because it's more remote, but don't let that stop you from visiting.

    Less crowds, less expensive and much more to see are just some of the things that Jasper National Park has to offer...plus, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the glacial jewel of the Rockies.

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    A giant floating chess piece

    by zrim Written Dec 13, 2003

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    checkmate

    The lake at the base of Mt. Cavell is comprised of fresh glacier melt. It looks tiny when compared to the massive north face of Mt. Cavell which rises 4900 feet straight up, but in realty it is a good sized lake. The floating iceburg that looks like a knight off a marble chess set is a good 20 feet tall. Meanwhile the glacier cliffs on the far side of the lake are about 100 feet in height--the size of a ten story building.

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    The Mt. Cavell Glacier Melt

    by zrim Written Dec 13, 2003

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    glacial melt on Edith Cavell

    Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier were definitely the highlight of our visit to Jasper. I find it startling that the official park lierature and even VT itself are almost silent on this beautiful place. If I had to pick one "must see" in Jasper, Angel Glacier on Edith Cavell would be it. The ride up the mountain is long, bumpy and tedious with about 120 switchbacks, but the payoff at the end of the road is more than worth the trouble. Of course, if the mountain is socked in by clouds, I would not make the effort.

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    The base of Mt. Cavell

    by zrim Written Dec 13, 2003

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    the end of the line for the glacier

    At the base of the north face of Mt. Cavell the glaciers and snow pack converge. Little by little the glaciers are retreating and in their wake, during the summer months, a pond of snowmelt is left behind. From this vantage point you can just see the terminus of the glacier (the dirty aqua blue ice formation in the center of the photo). Below the glacier is an incredible pond.....but we will get to that in a minute.

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    Zooming in on Angel Glacier

    by zrim Written Dec 13, 2003

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    how many tons of ice?

    I'm afraid photography cannot give due credit to Angel Glacier. It really doesn't look all that big or imposing on a 4 by 6 inch photograph. This is one of those natural phenomena that must be seen in person to truly appreciate the magnitude of the structure. The north face of Mt. Edith Cavell is 4920 feet and it appears that Angel Glacier stretches up at least a third of that face. So that would give it dimesnions something in the order of a 2000 foot wingspan, 1500 foot body and an ice thickness of over 130 feet. In fact there is a tunnel at the base of the glacier that extends 120 feet into the glacier.

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