Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Photographing Wildflowers in Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Park

by Keith and Heather Nicol    
Pink Heather is now in full bloom
On June 25, we decided to check out Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park with Heather’s sister, Lisa and brother law, Paul who were visiting from Ottawa. The last time we were here was when I competed in the Snow to Surf race at the end of April and this area was under a deep snow pack.  On this hike we decided to focus on some of the wild flowers which were out along the scenic Paradise Meadows trail. The information centre is not open until this coming weekend but you can still explore the trails. 
Heather (right) with Lisa on the Paradise Meadows trail
 The Paradise Meadows trail is about 4 km and you can do a shorter 2 km wheelchair accessible boardwalk trail if you have people with mobility issues or small children in your group. There are quite a few wildflowers out and we saw many areas of Pink Heather and Jeffrey’s Shooting Star when we did the trail and there are markers identifying many of them along the trail which really helps those people who want to learn about the different plants in the area. The trail also gives views of Mount Washington Alpine Ski Resort as well as several ponds. Also several other trails branch off from these trails providing access to the higher mountains nearby. Our goal is investigate some of those trails in the near future. This park is a real bonus for people in the Comox Valley since it is a great way to access the sub alpine environment and the extensive trail network in Strathcona Provincial Park. For more information on the Strathcona Wilderness Institute which runs the information centre see: http://strathconapark.org/
Jeffrey's Shooting Star are also in bloom

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