Jasper, rainy one day, sunny the next, then snow! In town for a friend's wedding, we woke up the first day to drizzle and very skies, perfect for reading and playing indoors followed by a trip up to Miette Hot Springs. The Springs are even higher up in the mountains than Jasper so the rain up there was snow. Snow on our heads in the hot springs was quite the treat. As we left the change room of the hot springs there was a machine that you put your bathers into, it spins really fast and bather are no longer soaking wet - genius! Every public pool should have one!
Jasper the town is just beautiful. Surrounded by mountains, you see them from every part of the town. Friends had organised for us to go camping but the snow changed our plans. I had been a little anxious about camping next to a lake with a 17 month old who doesn't stay still, loves water but has no concept of how dangerous water is! So I was not sad in the slightest that snow cancelled the camping trip. The Jasper Inn was much more to my camping tastes. A cozy fire in the restaurant with a glass of wine is just fine by me!
As a treat post-camping I had booked us two nights at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Since camping was cancelled, the Fairmont was still lovely as it did give us a taste of being outdoors with the accomodation being cabins set around a lake. Green space galore, a playground, pool, kids club, and a babysitting service makes the Fairmont perfect for families with kids. Nick and Lulu took out a canoe and rowed all around the lake. We took advantage of the babysitting service one night. While the kids were looked after in the cabin, Nick and I had sushi at the very tiny (8 seats!) sushi restaurant inside the main lodge. You get to watch the chef closely and hear all about how the fish is sourced, which is the best choice of fish and see the magic happen.