Rainy Day in Jasper? What to do
Part of the reason why Jasper National Park is so beautiful in the warmer months is that it gets rain. A good amount of it. Jasper gets about 157 inches, or about 4 metres of precipitation annually, on an average of 144 days out of the year.
Now, it might be tempting to get a little frustrated if you’ve come to vacation in Jasper, especially to have an outdoor vacation, and it’s raining cats and dogs out. But don’t let the rain, um, rain on your vacation. There’s still plenty to do here even when the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating.
That’s probably the last thing you expected to hear. But hey, with a decent rain poncho, and a positive attitude, a short hike in the rain can actually turn out to be fun. There’ll be far fewer people on the trail, guaranteed, and a nice hot drink afterward will feel great.
Take a Drive
Jasper has so much great scenery, that you could never see it all on foot, no matter how fast you hike. If it’s going to rain, why not jump in the car and head down the Icefields Parkway? You’ll see plenty of fantastic sites along the way, and can stop by the Icefields Centre to get all kinds of interesting info on Jasper and it’s Icefields. Your car is also a great place to spot wildlife from.
Learn something about the history of the park, the geology and ecology. It’ll make your sunny day hikes that much more intersting. Friends of Jasper National Park and Parks Canada host regular interpretive programs in the summer. You can find a complete list of events at the Information Centre.
As long as the water’s falling from above, you might as well jump in a raft and get it from all sides. Jasper National Park has some great whitewater rafting opportunities, and a rainy day is as good as any to take a run down the river.
Soak it up
You all love to sit in hotsprings when it’s snowing out, right? Well, there just as fun on a rainy day. Don’t let the rain get you up tight, instead relax at the Miette Hotsprings. They’re open early May through Thanksgiving weekend. Bathing suit and towel rentals are available, in case you didn’t plan for it.
The fish don’t really mind the rain so much, ’cause hey, they’re already under water. Fish Japser! Grab a pole and some rain gear, and head on out to catch some of Jasper’s enormous trout.
Grab a bite
Hey the rain comes and goes, just like the rumblings in your belly. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many fine restaurants in Jasper, and take it easy. You never know, you might walk out on a sunny day.
The trails are always beautiful in Jasper, and with some decent rain gear and a horse, you can cover some ground on a horseback tour and see some beautiful country, rain or shine.
Jasper has many fine establishments that offer great massage and spa treatments. Get that stress out from your life away from vacation, and take it easy for a day. There’ll be plenty of other days to run around in the woods.
This one almost seems too obvious. No one can walk down the sidewalks in Jasper without spotting something cool that they’d like to have, and at some point, you were probably making plans to go shopping anyway. Grab an umbrella and spend your rainy day browsing through Jasper’s fine shops, and mingling with the friendly local business people. You’ll forget all about the rain.