Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd
On Friday morning, we awoke early for our final full day in Canada. Before making the long drive back to Calgary in preparation for our flight on Saturday morning, we wanted to make the most of our remaining time in such a beautiful place! After a quick snack at our hotel, we packed up our little Volkswagen, and hit the road headed for Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier. From Jasper, the drive is about 40 minutes, much of which is on a windy mountain road. Lined with trees and mountain views, the drive is also a beautiful one!
Once you’ve successfully navigated the mountain road, there is a good sized parking lot at the trailhead. As always, arriving early means less crowds and this was the case when we visited as there were only a handful of cars ahead of us. We grabbed our gear and made our way along the Path of the Glacier Trail.
The trail to the glacier is short, at just a 0.5 mile, and an easy hike from the parking lot. At the viewpoint, you can take in the majesty of Angel Glacier, Mt. Edith Cavell, and the turquoise pond that sits just below.
Mt. Edith Cavell, which stands at just over 11,000 feet, receives substantial snowfall throughout much of the year. Due to the sheer walls of the mountain, much of the snow does not stick, but rather avalanches down into the areas in shadow below, eventually becoming glacial ice.
Prior to 2012, the trail was loop that allowed visitors to to get closer to the pond at the foot of the glacier. However, this changed, when half of Ghost Glacier collapsed, causing substantial damage to the surrounding area. Remember to heed all safety warnings and stay on the trail!
Since this was our last day in Jasper and we had a long drive ahead of us, we decided to skip the extended hike to Cavell Meadows which we saw several other hikers making their way to. Instead, we climbed up some nearby rocks for a better vantage point and scenic views.
We even encountered a marmot who was hanging out and kept an eager eye on us.
Before long, it was time to head back to the car and get back on the road. We said goodbye to Jasper but will definitely return again for more exploring!