Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail

Campbell River’s Canyon View Trail (accessed via parking areas at the old BC Hydro powerhouse and at the logging bridge at Woodburn Road) is a moderate¬†6 km loop that is excellent for wildflowers¬†in the early spring. The rich soil of the Campbell River flood plain is perfect for both white and pink fawn lilies (Erythronium sp.) and the display can …

Exquisite Equisetum

I’ve been on the look out for two kinds of Equisetum over the last couple of days and have found both growing nearby. I often stroll the kids around the paved walkway that loops around the Courtenay Airpark and this is where I found both the Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea) and the Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) growing along the edge …

Ancient Horsetails

The pale, fertile shoots of Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmatiea) are visible for a short period in the spring. During a recent visit to Sayward I happened upon a patch of giant horsetail rising from a roadside ditch. Strangely alluring, the pale brown wand-like fertile shoots appear in spring, followed shortly after by green, vegetative shoots. These anemic fertile shoots, which …