Mount Edith Cavell, Canada

Mount Edith Cavell in Distance
Mount Edith Cavell in Distance (Photo credit: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire)

World War I, we have all heard of it. We have all studied it in school. We’ve seen movies and read books, but I doubt any of us will ever truly understand the horror of living in a world at war. The war is infamous for many horrific things. Death, destruction and economic destitution being the most talked about. There is a popular English saying, ‘It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.’ This saying holds true for the war as well. Despite the death, destruction and the worst of humanity on display at the time, we also saw exceptional acts of bravery, mercy and compassion, the very best of humanity.

Canadian Rockies (6646531903)
Canadian Rockies (6646531903) (Photo credit: popejon2)

The list of people who did incredible acts during the war is very long. One mention in this list is an English nurse, who was executed by the Germans during World War I. She risked her life and helped allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium into the Netherlands, violating military law. Her name was Edith Cavell.

Mount Edith Cavell
Mount Edith Cavell (Photo credit: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire)

Today there is a mountain located in the Athabasca River and Astoria River valleys of Jasper National Park, Canada. This mountain is called, Mount Edith Cavell. Mount Edith Cavell is named after the very same nurse who risked her life to save strange soldiers in a strange country.

Mount Edith Cavell and berg lake Sunrise
Mount Edith Cavell and berg lake Sunrise (Photo credit: Anthonymaw)

Mount Edith Cavell is known for its spectacular views and popular trails. There is also a lake near the mountain for those who like the aqua. The hanging Angel Glacier is visible from Cavell Meadows, which spills over a 300 metres (984 ft) cliff on the north face of the mountain.

Mount Edith Cavell is astounding and beautiful. It is a magnificent reminder, of the amazing goodness that humanity is capable of, even in the face of terryfying odds. A reminder that has great views and pristine beauty!

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