Rainy day activities at Jasper
Just because the rain comes in doesn’t limit the activities, indoors and out, to take part in at Jasper National Park. The Canadian Rockies are an enjoyable place year round, and despite the conditions there’s always something to do. Jasper National Park lodge and hotel offerings are always a good time, but here’s a list of some other option to consider when clouds roll by.
Fill up the tank and cruise around by car. The mountainous landscape looks just as legendary and beautiful with rainy and swirling clouds as it does in the sun. Waterfalls, canyons, rivers and wildlife are just as noticeable and impressive, not to mention accessible.
Grab a rain jacket and hit the trailhead — the wilderness stays outdoors regardless of weather. Visitors up for the thrill of continuing their outdoor activities in the rain can be pleasantly surprised of the cool air and peaceful solitude when grazing through the forests and fields on a rainy day. Cloudy skies lead to majestic views and settings from a fantasy land. And at the end of the day the rewards of a hot chocolate have never been more soothing and well-deserved.
Rafting the rivers at Jasper means plunging into water either way, and doing so in the rain definitely helps that the edge off those first chilly splashes. Race through the Athabasca, Fraser and Sunwapta rivers on rapids fun to navigate for all levels.
Miette Hot Springs Pool
Nothing beats a cold rainy day like soaking endlessly in a cozy hot springs pool. Steam rises through the air and patrons slowly sink into a state of relaxation. The Miette Hot Springs is the Candian Rockies’ hottest springs and located 61km east of Jasper. Open May through late November, it’s the perfect escape and soothing outdoor experience.
Jasper houses a number of indoor activities from recreation centers to endless shoping boutiques. The Chaba Cinema has two movie theaters, while the summertime also brings local theater performances. The Jasper Municipal Library is located at 500 Robson St and provides also internet access. The Jasper Aquatic Center has a 25-meter pool, waterslide whirlpool and more to try out, and those seeking a more pampered experience can indulge in the many spas in Jasper.
The Jasper Activity Center is full of sport activities, while those wanting to take it easy can stop by video rental stores like Video Stop and Tags. Lastly, Jasper has many captivating museums, such as the Den Wildlife Museum and the Yellowhead Museum and Archive.