VNHS Smithers Summer Camp             Day #4, Thursday August 7, 2008
                                    Lyon-McCabe Loop Trail

Nature Vancouver is an ecological organization based in Vancouver, BC. Every summer it runs a camp of interest to outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, 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 #4, we were led to the Babine hills east of Smithers by Brenda Anderson, a local outdoorist.
The WGS84 coordinates of the trailhead are 54o 51' 17" North, 126o 59' 27" West.

Please scroll down to see the photos. Click here to see wildflowers of other days of the VNHS Summer Camp.

Click here for the 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 the Babine Mountains, showing how the Lyon-McCabe trail skirts Harvey Mountain.

Photo #   Time       Plant Name                                 Reference
#8847     10:53       Queen's Cup - Clintonia uniflora - P. 131

#8854     12:28     Hudson's Bay Mountaiin from the trail.

#8859     10:45     Bird's-beak Lousewort - Pedicularis ornithorrhyncha - P. 191

#8870     13:15     White Bog-orchid - Platanthera dilatata - P. 139

#8878     13:20     Brenda, Marian, Ian, Jennifer and Elsie.

#8882     13:29     Lots of little lakes in the plateau.

#8888     13:45     Alpine Speedwell - Veronica wormskjoldii - P. 195

#8895     13:49     Narrow-leaved Cottongrass - Eriophorum angustifolium - P. 275

#8898     13:58     View of the Ganokwa Basin ? looking south east.

#8901     13:58     Following the yellow markers on the upper part of the Lyons trail.

#8904     14:18     Our lunch stop.

#8914     15:01     Daisy

#8920     15:31     Getting rocky as we ascend.

#8921     15:13     A small Willow, but what species???

#8929     15:28     Moss Campion - Silene acaulis - P. 203

#8930     15:31     Looking east down the Little Joe Creek trail.

#8935     15:37     Cooley's buttercup - Ranunculus cooleyae - P. 151

#8939     15:42     We are a bit tired, but trying hard not to show it.

#8940     15:43     Where we were and where we're going.

#8945     15:58     Brenda starting west down the McCabe trail.

#8946     16:06     The scenery is quite different on the McCabe trail - Elsie, Marian, Brenda.

#8954     16:30     A willow meadow on the McCabe trail - looking up to the Silver King Basin.

#8958     16:42     Orange Hawkweed - Hieracium aurantiacum - P. 98

#8962     16:49     The colour champion.

#8964     16:55     Starting to enter the forested area.

#8965     16:56     A profusion of colour in the alpine meadow.

#8968     17:07     Clasping Twistedstalk - Streptopus amplexifolius - P. 128

#8970     17:10     Alpine Willow-herb (or Fireweed) - Epilobium alpinum - P. 212

#8978     17:41     Glimpses of scenery on the way down.

#8979     17:49     Goat's Beard - Aruncusdioicus - P. 159

#8984     21:14     Art is impressed by the TLC offered by the ladies!

#8985     21:15     Watching the bear walking through the next field and enjoying the sunset.

#8986     21:15     The sunset seen from the balcony.

Many thanks to RP for checking the identification of the plants.
If you know of any 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.