This is the time of year on Vancouver Island to get down to local riverside trails and check out the spring wildflower bloom. One of my favourite places to walk is the the Canyon View Trail in Campbell River. We usually start this moderate 6 km loop trail at the John Hart Generation Station and then walk downstream along the north side of the Campbell River before crossing it on the Detwiler Road bridge and following the other side upstream.
Unlike further south at Pipers Lagoon, the flowers are just starting to really come into bloom now and should be excellent in the next week or so. In addition, there seems to be a little more variety in the river valley as the trail moves through different habitats. You can expect to see both pink fawn lilies (Erythronium revolutum) and white fawn lilies (Erythronium oregonum) here as well as a number of other riverside flowers.
I featured many of these flowers back in April, 2010 with Where the Wildflowers Are and last spring’s Canyon View Trail in Campbell River, but thought it would be worthwhile to share some new images from this year. It might just inspire you to search out some of these gorgeous flowers yourself!
Take some time over the next couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the wildflower display along the Campbell River. The variety of plants makes it an excellent botanical destination!
More photos can be viewed on my Tumblr post.
How to Get There:
Park at either the John Hart Generating Station (picnic tables and outhouse) or at the Detwiler Road bridge. The trail follows both sides of the river.