Edith Cavell - Jasper National Park, Alberta
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N 52° 41.216 W 118° 03.307
11U E 428680 N 5837967
Quick Description: This marker tells the history of the naming of Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 8/2/2013 9:06:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMHQ2P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
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Long Description:

Edith Cavell

When Brussels fell to the German army during World War I, a British nurse in charge of a local nursing school refused to leave her post. Edith Cavell cared for the wounded of both sides and helped over 200 allied soldiers escape. She was arrested on charges of espionage and executed by a firing squad on October 12, 1915.

Edith Louisa Cavell became known as the "martyr nurse". As a tribute to her courage, Canada gave her name to the grandest mountain in the Athabasca Valley.

Mount Edith Cavell has had many names. Native peoples called it the White Ghost. Voyageurs who used it as a landmark called it Montagne de la Grande Traverse [Mountain of the Great Crossing]. Others who followed called it Le Duc, Mount Fitzhugh and Mount Geikie.

None of the names held until A.O. Wheeler, founding president of the Alpine Club of Canada, was asked to select a mountain in memory of Edith Cavell. The Canadian Geographic Board approved his selection on March 7, 1916.

The names of peaks in Jasper National Park tell us who or what was important in a given area. The name Mount Edith Cavell bears witness to one women's courage in a world at war. The powerful association of woman and mountain has endured.

Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Other

Parking: There is a large parking at the trailhead for Mount Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier. The marker is located adjacent to the parking lot.

Placement agency: Parks Canada

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