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Weather in Alberta can be unpredictable, especially as we begin our slow transition towards spring. But no matter the forecast, there's plenty to explore in Jasper National Park.

While snow typically sticks around on the ground well into spring in the mountains, available activities can differ greatly depending on mother nature’s whims. Here are two shoulder season itineraries — one for a day if snow is flying and another for if the sun is shining — so you can have fun in any conditions.

How to spend a sunny day in Jasper

Morning: Kick off a beautiful day by heading into town. Make your way to Terra in The Crimson for breakfast, where you’ll find locally inspired dishes, a.m. classics and a warm, welcoming morning ambience.

Dining room at Terra.

Once you’re fueled up for adventure, take your pick of outdoor fun. Cruise around one of Jasper’s two main streets — Connaught Drive or Patricia Street — and enjoy the local shops while soaking in the mountain town vibes. Up for a mid-morning walk? Choose one of the many paths that are a part of the Jasper Connector Trail System and soak in the sun.

Afternoon: Keep enjoying the warmth by stopping at the casual and elevated Sunhouse Jasper, a sunny second storey spot inspired by Australian café culture, all with views of downtown. If you arrive early enough in the season, you can explore the iconic Pyramid Lake with a skate rental (typically available until the third week in March). Or opt to rent snowshoes instead and give this modified winter walk a chance on one of several surrounding trails. Don’t forget your sunglasses to tame the snowy glare!

A man and woman snowshoeing on Pyramid Lake.

Evening: After you’ve worked up a sweat, it’s time to settle in nearby at Pyramid Lake Lodge’s Aalto for a dinner inspired by the restaurant's beautiful Canadian Rockies surroundings. Be sure to explore the drink menu while you’re here and toast to a sunny day well-spent in Jasper before heading back into town.

How to spend a snowy day in Jasper

Morning: In the mountains, snow is always a welcome change in weather. There are hills to ski and sights to see, so make sure to get up as early as possible and grab breakfast at your hotel. A tip for Albertans — stay at select lodges as a Pursuit Rewards member and get breakfast on us with the “Free Breakfast Package.”

A couple stands under a frozen waterfall within the Maligne Canyon.

If you’re not interested in hitting the mountain, you can book a tour with Maligne Canyon Icewalks. This guided adventure takes you into the heart of Jasper's deepest canyon to explore frozen waterfalls, frosted limestone walls and naturally occurring ice sculptures. All the gear you need is included and tours operate snow-or-shine, so feel free to book ahead with confidence.

Afternoon: Did you head to Marmot Basin to enjoy the fresh pow? Then you’re going to stay right where you are and enjoy lunch at the hill. Drop by the Caribou Chalet at the mountain's base, or make an on-mountain stop at either the Paradise Chalet or Eagle Lounge for your mid-day meal.

A couple sits at Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen near a fireplace.

If you decided to traverse the icy Maligne Canyon instead, then the perfect stop is Maligne Canyon Wilderness Kitchen, where you’ll dine on a delicious smokehouse lunch. Lucky for you, lunch is included with your tour!

Evening: If the snow is still falling, consider ordering a pizza from Hearthstone Lounge to your room and settle in for a well-deserved cozy evening.

A man and woman in the hot tub at Marmot Lodge.

Still have some energy to spare? Hit the indoor pool or hot tub. All of Pursuit’s Jasper hotels have hot tubs, and all except Pyramid Lake Lodge and Miette Mountain Cabins have pools available in the winter. Plus, you can heat up those sore muscles in the steam room or sauna if you’re staying at Forest Park Hotel, Marmot Lodge or Pyramid Lake Lodge.

Snow or shine, Jasper is the place to be this spring. Book your escape today and explore the Canadian Rockies in any conditions.

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