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.
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
#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
White Bog-orchid - Platanthera dilatata - P. 139
Brenda, Marian, Ian, Jennifer and Elsie.
Lots of little lakes in the plateau.
Alpine Speedwell - Veronica wormskjoldii - P. 195
Narrow-leaved Cottongrass - Eriophorum angustifolium - P. 275
View of the Ganokwa Basin ? looking south east.
Following the yellow markers on the upper part of the Lyons trail.
Our lunch stop.
Getting rocky as we ascend.
A small Willow, but what species???
Moss Campion - Silene acaulis - P. 203
Looking east down the Little Joe Creek trail.
Cooley's buttercup - Ranunculus cooleyae - P. 151
We are a bit tired, but trying hard not to show it.
Where we were and where we're going.
Brenda starting west down the McCabe trail.
The scenery is quite different on the McCabe trail - Elsie, Marian, Brenda.
A willow meadow on the McCabe trail - looking up to the Silver King Basin.
Orange Hawkweed - Hieracium aurantiacum - P. 98
The colour champion.
Starting to enter the forested area.
A profusion of colour in the alpine meadow.
Clasping Twistedstalk - Streptopus amplexifolius - P. 128
Alpine Willow-herb (or Fireweed) - Epilobium alpinum - P. 212
Glimpses of scenery on the way down.
Goat's Beard - Aruncusdioicus - P. 159
Art is impressed by the TLC offered by the ladies!
Watching the bear walking through the next field and enjoying the sunset.
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.