Travel restrictions on Jasper’s Cavell Road

The Cavell Meadows trail should be a lot quieter this summer as a result of travel restrictions on the Cavell Road. Only 180 vehicle permits will be issued each day while construction continues at the parking area at road's end. Brian Patton photo.

The Cavell Meadows trail should be a lot quieter this summer as a result of travel restrictions on the Cavell Road. Only 180 vehicle permits will be issued each day while construction continues at the Mount Edith Cavell parking area. Brian Patton photo.

Motorists who want to drive the Cavell access road to the base of Jasper’s Mount Edith Cavell this summer will require a special permit, and only 180 are being issued for each day.

The restrictions are due to ongoing construction at the road’s southern terminus and the Mount Edith Cavell parking area, which will continue throughout the summer.

The access road opened to the public on Monday, June 19,  and will remain so until September 18, though drivers will be routed around construction zones and into a more limited parking area when they reach road’s end.

Vehicle permits are free and issued on a first come, first served basis each morning from 8 until 10 am in front of the Jasper National Park Information Centre in downtown Jasper. They can be acquired for up to two days prior to your trip.

Departure times up the road are limited to 8:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm or 4 pm. The road is closed and gated at the bottom each night from 8 pm until 8:30 am.

Permits are not required for anyone carrying reservations for the Cavell Hostel, the ACC’s Wates Gibson Hut, Tonquin Valley Adventures lodge, or campgrounds in the Tonquin Valley.

In addition to sightseeing visitors, hikers planning day trips on the Path of the Glacier, Cavell Meadows and Astoria River trails will require a permit to drive the road. However, cyclists do not require a permit.

For full information, check out “Permit required to travel to Mount Edith Cavell” on the Jasper National Park website.