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Caribou Lake

Past Cavell Mead­ows

Alpine Flower Hawksbeard
Alpine Flow­er Hawks­beard
Caribou Tarn, Edith Cavell
Cari­bou Tarn, Edith Cavell
Past the meadows, Edith Cavell
Past the mead­ows, Edith Cavell
White Heather, Subalpine Flower
White Heather, Sub­alpine Flow­er
Pink Heather, Subalpine Flower
Pink Heather, Sub­alpine Flow­er
Cotton Grass, Edith Cavell
Cot­ton Grass, Edith Cavell
Caribou Tarn, Edith Cavell
Cari­bou Tarn, Edith Cavell

Going beyond the Cavell Mead­ows will bring you to a beau­ti­ful Alpine Tarn ( Cari­bou Lake ), the scenery opens up with breath­tak­ing Vis­tas.


Access: Via the Cavell Mead­ows

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: Edith Cavell Park­ing

Activ­i­ties: Hik­ing / Sights


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Mount Edith Cavell

Few sum­mits in the park can match Mount Edith Cavell’s jagged beau­ty. A small pow­der blue melt water lake and beau­ti­ful Angel Glac­i­er is eas­i­ly reached by a short self guid­ing trail at the foot of s the mountain’s north wall.

Parking lot prior to Ghost glacier falling
Park­ing lot pri­or to Ghost glac­i­er falling
Alpine freshwater, Edith Cavell
Alpine fresh­wa­ter, Edith Cavell
Lake at the base of Edith Cavell
Lake at the base of Edith Cavell
Lake at the base of Edith Cavell
Lake at the base of Edith Cavell
Moss Campion, Alpine flower
Moss Cam­pi­on, Alpine flow­er

Or take a tour with one of the links below for a full inter­pre­tive tour. The trail winds its way through the mass of boul­ders, rub­ble, sand and rock flour formed by the grind­ing and wear­ing of the rocks around the glac­i­er tongue.

Terry at the edge of the lake, Edith Cavell
Ter­ry at the edge of the lake, Edith Cavell

Anoth­er longer trail leads to pic­turesque Cavell Mead­ows. Neigh­bor­ing Dune Wall is a great multi-pitch climb­ing area. Just up the road is the start­ing point for the Ton­quin Val­ley trails. The road is open in the sum­mer only.

Edith Cavell Road
Edith Cavell Road

Win­ter, the road turns into a ski trail. Spend a few days at Cavell Hostel to enjoy super cross-country ski tour­ing at its max­i­mum.


Access: Hwy 93A — after the South park gates fol­low signs to Edith Cavell Road.

Park­ing: Yes

Trail­head: From Park­ing Lot

Dis­tance: depends on how far you want to go

Activ­i­ties: Sight­see­ing / Hik­ing / Climb­ing


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Ice Caves Edith Cavell

Ice formations & natural beauty

Amaz­ing, grandiose, majes­tic and time­less. Caves chan­neled out by melt­ing glac­i­er and ice­bergs float­ing in the melt water of the two glac­i­ers, “Ghost” & “Angel”, makes this place a must see when in Jasper Nation­al Park. You can come up to this area and spend mul­ti­ple days of explo­ration. The only catch is that, this area is a day use area unless you stay at the Edith Cavell Hostel.

The­se caves are more dan­ger­ous than it seems, with great cau­tion and care when head­ing into this area. Con­stant rock and ice falls from the glac­i­er. Avalanche is a big fac­tor, spe­cial­ly when the tem­per­a­ture is warm. In year 2012, Ghost glac­i­er plum­met­ed into the lake below and unleashed a tidal wave that chan­neled the low­er path and destroyed the entry of the park­ing lot. Luck­i­ly, it hap­pened around 4 in the morn­ing, where there was no peo­ple traf­fic in the area.

 

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Verdant Pass

Verdant Pass

We drove south on hwy 93 then turned onto hwy 93a just pass the south park gate. A few kilometers up this road past Marmot Basin turn off is the Edith Cavell road.

Verdant Pass meadows
Verdant Pass meadows

The road is closed in the off season, so check in at the parks office for information on when the road closes, or else you might have to hike 14 extra kilometers to this trail head.

Verdant Pass meadows
Verdant Pass meadows

It was about 8:30am and the air temperature is still crisp. This trail is not listed on the park signage that has fallen due to lack of maintenance. You will find a parking area just past the Cavell youth hostel on the right where you can park your vehicle while you hike this trail. I recommend getting a topographic map (Amethyst Lake Topo Map) of this area because there are many trails that start off at this point and making a mistake is not fun.

Cathedral Mountain
Cathedral Mountain

Behind Edith Cavell
Behind Edith Cavell

After an hour of leisure walking on a well beaten trail, seeing some grouse along the way,we arrived at the junction to turn left onto the Verdant Pass trail. This junction is not well marked, but if you reach the creek, you have gone too far and have to back track about 400 meters. The junction has two large boulders directly across the trail head. This is where we began our gradual accent through a wooded and lichen rich path. After an hour the path starts to really climb and it brings you out above treeline and you get a beautiful view of the pass further south.

Verdant pass Jasper
Verdant pass Jasper

We passed above a gully and kept on the trail until it started to bring us behind the south face of Edith Cavell (approximately 11:30am) and this is where the path ends and we had to choose our own route towards Verdant Pass. You can explore almost anywhere from here and get distracted from your original plan. (You could even bag Cavell from here!)We used the first and second cirques of Edith Cavell as a hand rail to lead us right into the heart of the pass.

If you head straight into the second cirque, you will fall upon a beautiful alpine lake (tarn) where we had lunch. It was one o'clock and I was thinking to myself if only we had gotten a late start, the sun would have hit the tarn perfectly for an awe inspiring photo! Nevertheless, we had a great picnic and enjoyed the gorgeous day with the temperature rising to the thirties (Celsius, of course) and Andy was thinking to himself , "This would be a great place to just hang out".

Chantal had other plans as she had already mapped out the turn around at another 5 or 6 km past this sweet spot. Half an hour later we continued south towards the ridge that overlooks the historic Whirlpool valley. We were in luck as the terrain which is usual bog was dry and we reached the ridge at three o'clock and soaked in the breathtaking panoramic view of the area which you see below.

Edith Cavell in Background
Edith Cavell in Background

We went on a photo frenzy, finished our grub, vegged out for half an hour and unfortunately had to tear ourselves away from this majestic view. We arrived back to the car at 8:15pm with a beautiful sunset.

August, 1998
Eddie Wong


Access: Hwy 93A - after the South park gates follow signs to Edith Cavell Road.

Parking: Yes

Trailhead: From Parking across from the Hostel

Distance: depends on how far you want to go

Activities: Sightseeing / Hiking


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