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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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