It’s Wildflower Season in the Shuswap Region of BC
Last week I spent the better part of a week in the Shuswap region of British Columbia – thanks to the wonderful people at Shuswap Tourism.
The Shuswap area sits just north of the Okanagan Valley, centered on the town of Salmon Arm. If you drive the Trans-Canada Highway between Vancouver and Calgary you can’t help but pass right through it.
Wild roses with a heavenly scent
And the Shuswap region is worth a stop for so many reasons as I’ve just discovered. A lot of people visit because of the house-boating - and the partying that goes along with it; that’s definitely a reason to go but it’s certainly not the only one.
I think for early season wildflowers, the area is superb – maybe not August in Mount Revelstoke National Park superb – but it’s only June – and it’s been a rainy one at that.
So I was impressed – with the hillsides of sweet smelling wild phlox and the colourful patches of lupins; with the burnt orange of wildflowers along rural roads and the honeysuckle running wild in the bush; with the discovery of wild strawberry patches and the unforgettable aroma of wild rose.
Here’s a look at the wildflowers I saw – something to appreciate if you’re in the area and certainly enough to put a smile on my face.
Wild strawberries are small and very sweet
Wildflowers growing along the fences on rural roads
Wild phlox growing alongside ditches and along rural roads
Wild rose - pink this time and just as sweet smelling
Even clover is beautiful
Are you a wildflower fan?? Where’s your favourite place to see them?
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