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It's Wild Flower Season in Northern BC!

It's a great time of year to see some of Northern BC's most beautiful wild flowers! I recently took a scenic drive into the Babine Mountain Provincial Park outside of Smithers to see all the flowers growing in the fields and along the road.

I began my drive by heading up the Old Babine Lake Rd passed Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park. There are a few flowers to be seen on this leg of the drive (really, it's hard to notice anything else but the gorgeous mountain views!), but the best flowers begin shortly after Driftwood Canyon. I followed the road as it passed over a couple of one-lane bridges which span the Driftwood Creek before coming to a large field on my right side. This field was covered in colouful wildflowers, ranging from the classic Oxeye Daisy and Yellow Buttercups to the invasive-but-still-pretty Red Hawkweed.

As I continued my drive over more one-lane bridges and into the Babine Mountain Park, the wildflowers became more diverse and could be found right alongside the road. The 20km park speed limit gave me a great excuse to take my time and enjoy the scenery! I saw Wild Roses, the large white Thimbleberry flowers and the smaller white Bunchberry flowers, and lots of Indian Paintbrush as well. In a couple select spots, I was also able to find my favourite - Red Columbine! I always enjoy seeing how the different plants grow in intermixed groups, providing an awesome mosaic of colours against the vibrant green foliage.

I turned around at the Harvey Mountain trail head and headed for home, but I look forward to returning to this area later in the summer to see all the late-season flowers like Fireweed and Yarrow. So while you're keeping your eyes out for moose and other wildlife on our Northern BC highways and rural roads, make sure to take note of our beautiful coloured wildflowers along the way too!

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Taken on July 14, 2011