ASO Report #037 – Creature spotted at Mount Edith Cavell (Jasper)


→ Type of Encounter:

Visual Sighting

→ Reported by:

Gerald M.

→ Location of Encounter: 

Base of Mt. Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park

→ Date & Time of Encounter:


→ Details of the Event:

We had decided to spend a week in and around Jasper. I wanted to rough it, but my wife wasn’t too keen on the idea, so we rented a cabin from Baxter’s Cabins. On the third day there we decided to go for a hike around the base of Mount Edith Cavell. We had been out for about 45 minutes when we detected the foulest odor possible coming from a stand of trees near the base of the mountain, I figured that it was something dead, but it didn’t exactly smell like something rotting; at least totally. It was more of a wet dog/sulphur/rotten smell, very musky I guess you could say. My wife looked at me and said “Perhaps we should go back down the trail”, as soon as she spoke something within the trees, from the same direction as the odor, let out a breathy shriek, that was followed by movement within the trees. That was all we needed to hear, we turned around and went the way we came. We had walked about 40-50 feet when we heard noise behind us, we turned to look and spotted something coming out the trees. It was a tall, hair covered creature (animal?). The hair was gray, almost white and was quite long and matted. It stood and looked at us for about 5 seconds, I turned to look at my wife and as i did so, I could hear it moving. I looked back to where it was standing and it had moved back into the trees. My wife said that when it walked back into the trees it was limping quite badly. We turned tail and headed back to the trailhead. I would guess that the animal was about six and a half to seven feet tall.