Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Watery Adventures

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A group of vistors from Germany & Luxembourg yesterday had a great hike in the Park under rainy skies, but were well equipped & cheerful even when they finished! They had survived the flooding in Alberta when their campsite at Banff had to be evacuated, so a bit of west coast rain was no problem.

Heather Meadow

Heather Meadow

I had a chance to check out flowers around the meadows: new blooms include three-leaved goldthread, deer-cabbage, mountain arnica, common butterwort & Drummond’s cinquefoil.

Pondside Heather

Pondside Heather

The display of pink flowers – shootingstar, mountain-heather & bog-laurel – in the meadows is amazing right now.

Bog-laurel Meadow

Bog-laurel Meadow

There was also an extremely fragrant scent all through the meadows – not sure if that is due to the bog-orchids, which seem huge this year.

Slender Bog-orchid

Slender Bog-orchid

Trail reports as of June 25: the trails are clear around the Helen Mackenzie loop; some snow around the Kwai Lake loop but the trail can be found; snow covered past Kwai Lake, with no trail sign visible. The bridge at Murray Meadows is broken but there is a detour around the wet area. There is still some piles of gravel (with snow underneath) in the Paradise Meadows trailhead parking lot.

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