Nature Vancouver is an ecological organization based in Vancouver, BC. Every summer it runs a camp of interest to outdoor enthusiasts, including botanists and birders. In 2008, the camp was held in Smithers, BC, about 1200 km north of Vancouver. This web page shows some of the scenery and wildflowers we saw in the mountains and meadows around Smithers.
In the morning of Day #1, we were led to the ski hills just south of Smithers by Rosamund Pojar, a local naturalist who had contributed to the well-known flower book listed at the bottom. We were able to drive quite high, to the bottom of the ski lifts, so we did not have to hike far to get to the flowers. Indeed, the flowers started only a few minutes away, and the tree line was reached in less than a half hour -- a gentle ramble through the wildflowers. The WGS84 coordinates of the parking area are 54o 46' 5" North, 127o 16' 48" West.
Please scroll down to see the photos.
to see wildflowers of other days of the VNHS Summer Camp.
Click here for Google Earth tour of the hike
Open the .kmz file with Google Earth (a free program).
Highlight the .kmz file under "Temporary Places" near the bottom of the left-hand "Places" panel.
Then press Ctrl-Alt-P to play the tour or click the right arrow just underneath.
Google Earth image of Smithers, showing the ski hills and Crater Lake above.
The Driftwood Lodge, our home for the week, with Hudsons Bay mountain behind.
Photo #   Time       Plant Name
#8365     10:45     Purple Fleabane - Erigeron peregrinus - P. 120
Small-flowered Paintbrush - Castilleja parviflora - P. 187
Rosamund leading her flock of wildflower enthusiasts up the Smithers Ski Hill.
Telkwa Mountains to the south.
Alpine Speedwell - Veronica wormskjoldii - P. 195
Inky Gentian - Gentiana glauca - P. 216
On the plateau looking up to the south peak of Hudsons Bay mountain.
Mountain Harebell - Campanula lasiocarpa - P. 222
Roseroot - Sedum integrifolium - P. 207
Crater Lake at the end of the plateau on Hudsons Bay mountain.
Marsh Marigold - Caltha leptosepala - P. 150
Mountain Forget-me-not - Myosotis alpestris - P. 218
Yellow Mountain-Heather - Cassiope ??? - P. 80
Mountain Monkshood - Aconitum delphiniifolium- P. 154
Looking east over the Bulkley Valley and the Babine Mountains.
Purple Fleabane - Erigeron peregrinus - P. 120
Wendy Hutcheon relaxing after the hike.
Many thanks to RP for checking the identification
of the plants.
If you know of any other mislabeled plants, please let me know
(please refer to the number above each photo).
Reference pages are taken from:
"Plants of Northern British Columbia", Second edition,
by Mackinnon, Pojar and Coupe. Lone Pine Publishing, Vancouver, BC, 1999.