What you need to know when hiking Mt Edith Cavell in 2017
Mount Edith Cavell is one of the most loved hikes and sightseeing hot spots in Jasper National Park. Getting there is the adventure but once there you will be in awe of the alpine meadows, robust moraines and views of Angel Glacier. This year, due to increased visitation and construction, you are going to need to plan ahead.
Mount Edith Cavell is one of the most loved hikes and sightseeing hot spots in Jasper National Park. Getting there is the adventure but once there you will be in awe of the alpine meadows, robust moraines and views of Angel Glacier. This year, due to increased visitation and construction, if you are planning to hike Mt Edith Cavell you are going to need to plan ahead.
An impressive 3300-metre peak, Mount Edith Cavell is named after a British nurse executed during World War I for her part in helping Allied prisoners escape occupied Brussels. An earlier name, “La Montagne de la Grande Traverse”, was given to the peak by French-Canadian voyageurs using nearby Athabasca Pass as a fur trade route. A narrow 14 kilometre road brings visitors close to the mountain’s awesome north face, an area famous for interesting moraines, the Cavell Meadows, alpine flowers and spectacular views of Angel Glacier.
Getting there is half the fun. The old parkway (Highway 93A), built in the 1930’s by hundreds of men left unemployed during the Great Depression, winds through the Athabasca Valley along the river. The Cavell Road, starting at kilometre 13 along the old parkway, is a twisting, turning 14 kilometre route through sub-alpine forests to the slopes of Mount Edith Cavell. This is a very fragile area that experiences high visitor use. Vegetation grows very slowly at this elevation, and even the softest footprint can last for decades.
The Mount Edith Cavell Day Use Area continues to receive much needed improvements this year. During summer 2017, construction is taking place on the parking lot and access road at the end of the Cavell Road. This will provide safer access, additional parking and an improved visitor experience to the area.
Limited public access to this iconic destination remains available in 2017 through a free vehicle permit / quota system.
- A maximum of 180 vehicle permits will be allotted each day at staggered times between 8:30 am and 8 pm. This ensures adequate and safe parking during construction.
- Permits will allow access during one of four departure times (8:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 4 pm) indicated on the permit.
- Cyclists will not require a permit.
- Park staff will be on site daily to check permits and operator authorizations.
- All visitors with reservations for Tonquin Valley Adventures, Cavell Hostel, Wates Gibson Alpine Club of Canada hut and Tonquin Valley backcountry campgrounds do not require the Mount Edith Cavell permit, but must bring reservation confirmations.
- Between the hours of 8 pm and 8:30 am, the gate at the bottom of the Cavell Road will be closed and locked for construction and safety reasons.
How do I get my vehicle permit to hike Mount Edith Cavell?
- The Cavell Road is open from June 19 – September 18, 2017. Permits will be available for pick up in person, outside of the Jasper National Park Information Centre between 8 am and 10 am daily.
- You may pick up your permit up to two days before your trip date.
- The permits are first come first served and non-reservable.
- Only one permit is required per vehicle.
We appreciate your cooperation as we work on improving one of Jasper National Park’s most visited and iconic places.