Icefall closes road in Jasper National Park
An icefall has closed Edith Cavell Road in Jasper National Park. SUPPLIED.
Published Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:46AM MDT
An icefall has closed Edith Cavell Road in Jasper National Park.
Parks Canada said a large amount of glacial ice fell from the side of Mt. Edith Cavell and into a pond at the base of the mountain early Friday morning.
The pond overflowed and flooded the upper parking lots, outhouses, trails, roads and a picnic area.
No one appeared to be in the area at the time of the icefall.
As a result, the 14 kilometre Cavell Road has been closed from its intersection with Highway 93A to Mt. Edith Cavell, until the safety conditions in the area have been assessed.
Parks Canada says “unusual weather conditions have resulted in several uncommon natural events in Jasper this summer.”
Visitors are reminded to check conditions before departing on a trip.
Mt. Edith Cavell is located about 30 kilometres south of Jasper, Alta.