The original Icefields Parkway  (Hwy. 93A), which followed the southeast bank of the Athabasca River, has been bypassed by a more direct route on the other side of the river. Along the original route, known also as the Athabasca Parkway, a 14.5-kilometer (nine-mile) road winds its way up to a parking area below the northeast face of 3,363-meter (11,033-foot) Mount Edith Cavell, the park’s most distinctive peak.
It can be seen from many vantage points in the park, including the town and the gold course, but none is more impressive than directly below it. On this face, Angel Glacier lies in a saddle on the mountain’s lower slopes. From the parking area, the Path of the Glacier Trail (one hour round-trip) traverses moraines deposited by the receding Angel Glacier and leads to some great viewpoints.