Edith Cavell Meadows Trail [CLOSED]

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Edith Cavell Meadows Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Alberta, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing.

6.6 km
449 m



trail running






wild flowers




washed out


no dogs

Currently closed through the end of 2018 due to construction on the Edith Cavell Road and parking lot. There are two trails that leave from the Mt. Edith Cavell parking lot. The first is a simple loop called The Path of the Glacier, a short walk along an easy trail that takes you to a small lake at the foot of the Cavell Glacier.

7 days ago

Access road still closed for the season!

15 days ago

easy hike to a beautiful end point!

Haven’t walked this trail. Just wanted to let everyone know that the access road, Cavell Rd, is closed all summer 2018. Hikes in the tonquin valley aren’t really accessible without hiking 12km each way up the road.

This hike is BEAUTIFUL.
We did it 2 years ago in September.
Took us 6 hours round trip with a 20 minute stop at the lake and a 40 minute stop at the summit. If you do not intend to do the summit hike, then I'd rate this as easy to moderate. It's decently busy until the treeline. Once past the tree line, I think we saw 4 sets of people the entire remainder of the hike. Pack layers!!!! Once you reach the switch backs it gets quite chilly. There's a false summit. You won't see the true summit until you're past the first peak. PLEASE PRESS ON! So worth the extra time and effort to reach the true summit. The view is incomparable. The majority of the hike after the tree line is loose rock/scree. We accomplished it in hiking shoes but I highly suggest boots. I personally hate poles, but if you use them, this would be a good hike to bring them on. I don't suggest this hike for children unless they're experienced climbers due to the slight scramble right at the summit and loose stones at the very top. GREAT hike for begginer hikers as long as they have endurance and are looking for a challenge. Perfect hike for experienced hikers looking for the ultimate view. I 100% recommend this summit hike to everyone. So, so rewarding.

1 month ago

Beautiful views of the Angel Glacier. There are steep sections (especially as you approach the highest lookout point) and trekking poles might come in handy. Probably my favourite hike so far!

2 months ago

Amazing trail with great views. The road up is closed however for Summer 2018. So if you plan on doing this hike plan on hiking the 12 kilometers up the road to the Edith Cavell parking lot just to get to the trailhead. We went this May long weekend 2018 intending to do the hike but were turned away because the roads closed. Luckily there's lots of other hikes in Jasper

3 months ago

Amazing views!!!

9 months ago


10 months ago

I think this map doesn't include the path to the summit. The summit you start to see from below treeline is not the summit, there is more way to go from fake summit. But if you could make it plus 1.6 km to the top, you can see 360℃ views of mountains from Banff to North of Jasper. My friend made it, and his picture from the summit was beyond description.

I was a tourist from sea level, and already stayed Jasper for 2 days before Mt. Edith Cavell, yet it kept making me heavily out of breath after treeline. After treeline, it will be very steep and loose gravels. But it shouldn't be too tough by steepness itself, if it was your daily neighbourhood walking for 1 or 2 hrs, but you feel very tired easily at several steps if you're not used to this elevation (the start is already 1700m). Near summit (close to sunset, at the end of September), it was very cold in wind, I couldn't feel my fingers in globe. But all the way you can see the rocky mountains on your side and which is very beautiful and therapeutic.

I took 2h40m to 2100m, and turn back and less than 2hrs to parking lot. As of 18/Sep/2017, you need a parking pass with assigned time slot from tourism centre due to entrance restriction.

11 months ago

Jusqu'au sommet avec la neige fraîche tombée pendant la nuit: splendide !

11 months ago

One of the best views I've ever seen, couldn't stop looking at the glaciers and lake. Permit is required from Jasper info centre

11 months ago

Great views of fast disappearing glaciers. It's necessary to obtain a permit at National Park information center in Jasper to access parking area up to three days before you hike.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike. The views from the top are well worth it. However, we took our dog based on this app stating that dogs were permitted...they are not.

11 months ago

Second time for the Meadows hike having done it about 5 years ago and enjoyed it just as much. Steady up with beautiful views the whole way. Didn't do the final ridge.

There was an avalanche at the lake a few years ago which changed the approach from the parking lot and it wasn't permitted to go right down to the lake this time. They are issuing a limited number of passes each day for three different time slots so be sure to pick one up so you don't get turned away at the gate.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great hike up to get great views of Lake and glacier. The extended hike towards the summit was challenging, stopped about 400 feet, elevation wise, from the ridge top. The views from there were good, not spectacular, compared to the shorter overlook of Lake. Fortunately, very cool day, otherwise would have been very brutal if temperature had been higher. The limiting factor of permitting fewer folks on this trail was a plus, not crowded, made for an enjoyable hike with friends.

Monday, July 17, 2017

If you like hikes my to view spectacular glaciers, this hike is for you. Can be crowded. Ran across a marmot! Cool! Mt Edith Clavel is magnificent

Monday, July 03, 2017

Did this trail 2x already. my son was just a baby when we first hiked the Edith Cavelle Meadows Trail and the 2nd time was when he was 6 years old. There is something for everyone on this hike. We always love this place, from the top you have an incredible view of the glacier, lake and surrounding mountains. the boys enjoyed the sound of glacier crackling - they say "oh boy, little avalanches is happening" and the enjoy the Cavell pond too.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

steady climb...not challenging, but steady up. great views.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One of our favorite things we did in Canada, great trail, saw many avalanches falling off MT Edith Cavell, will never forget the noise they make

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Beautiful hike! Great views.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The first view you get of the glacier area once you cross the parking lot and walk up a ways is beautiful. One thing that I didn't realize is how long it actually takes to get to the split in the path to begin the loop portion of the hike. The day we went was overcast and rainy so at the top of the first peak it was quite cold, there was even snow still.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Great day hike with amazing views! Drive up a windy road to the parking lot. When you hike up the paved path to the fist view point it is very touristy, however if you choose to continue on the hike is beautiful. Start early in the day and hike to the third lookout. Depends on when you go there could be snow and the top Canberra windy, cold and wet. Defiantly would do this again took about 4 and half hours with enjoying lunch at the top.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

This is a fun hike, especially if you decide to drop off your bike at the other parking lot and ride it along the Jasper Highway to your parked car. There is not much difficulty to this hike as the inclines are not steep if you start off at the trail head that is north of the Ice Fields parkway. You will go through some beautiful meadow that will eventually take you through a vast open rock and shale space. If you are hiking south, on your left hand side you will get to see the "Frosting Tops" of the glaciers. (It does not matter what way you come, you will get to see them heading south or north). The trail was not to busy and you could expect to see someone new approx every thirty minutes. The hike out to the south parking lot is steep, and someone has conveniently placed two plastic lounge chairs to look over and up onto the glacier.

There was not a typical group of people I saw on this trail as it ranged from children at the age of 12 to adults to the age range of 65. If you have any type of athletic heart to you, you will enjoy this hike comfortably.

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