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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are traveling from the South, you will pass, Athabasca Glacier, you might even take on a ride with Brewster’s Ice Explorer. The Athabasca Glacier is the head waters for this turbulent river.
At the falls, the Sunwapta River abruptly changes course from northwest to southwest and plunges in a cloud of spray into a deep canyon. Follow a trail along the river and you will find a few more sets of waterfalls which is as beautiful as the last one.
There is a nice trail where you can explore the nearby area or continue on to reach Big Bend (6 km), Athabasca Crossing ( 14 km ), or Fortress Lake (25 km). The trail can be hiked or biked.
Seasonal accommodation is nearby if the short stop is not enough. Dining and picnic sites available. It is also the starting point for whitewater rafting on the Sunwapta river 300metres south of Sunwapta Falls Resort. 8 km upstream of the falls, class 3 whitewater rafting is available. You can reserve with the links below.