Perhaps the most famous mountain viewed from Jasper Park Lodge, your CTE Canadian Rockies hotel overnight accommodation is without question Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park but do you know who she was and why the mountain was named in her honor?
Edith Louisa Cavell was born on December 4, 1865 and grew up to become a British nurse. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides of the battlefield without distinction and in helping some 200 soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage.
She is well known for her statement that “patriotism is not enough”. Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, “I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved.”
Edith Cavell was 49 at the time of her execution on October 12, 1915. October 12th is appointed for her commemoration in the Anglican church. The mountain was named in 1916 in her honor and stands 3,363 m (11,033 ft) in elevation. Appropriately named Angel Glacier is visible from Cavell Meadows, which spills over a 300 m (984 ft) cliff on the north face.
All CTE Canadian Rockies Tours go to Jasper and one of the best ways to see spectacular Mt. Edith Cavell is to view it from tranquil Jasper Park Lodge your overnight resort lodge in Jasper National Park.