Grab a blanket, some snacks, and a tub of sunscreen (we’re guessing isolation has made this your palest spring yet) because we’re fast approaching picnic season in the mountains.
Jasper National Park will reopen on June 1 as part of the federal government’s phased covid-19 response schedule, but social distancing recommendations will still likely be in effect for a while. Restaurants, for instance, will only be operating at half capacity. But most are also offering take-out options, and what better way to enjoy take-out than in the open air with a scenic lookout of your choosing.
Whether you pack your own snacks, order your regular dish to-go or take advantage of the perfect-for-picnic options at a few local eateries, a meal al fresco is a great way to enjoy great food while social distancing. Don’t know about you, but we’re about ready to take a break from our own cooking.
12 Columbia Icefields Centre
Distance from town: 103 kilometres
It might be wise to bring a sweater or jacket for your picnic at this location. Although it’s super scenic, the Centre is located at a higher elevation than the town of Jasper and is thus often a few degrees chillier. But the jaw-dropping views of the Athabasca Glacier are worth it.