Pacific Rhododendrons at Rhododendron Lake

Early blooms of Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) stand out against green leaves. For those interested in botany and unusual plants it is often necessary to get off the beaten path and explore areas that are sometimes a little less accessible. Rhododendron Lake, just south of Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is one such destination. At the end of a …

Rough Road to Rhododendron Lake

Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) just starting to come into bloom at Rhododendron Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It was years ago, back when I was in the Recreation Administration program at then Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University), that I took a field trip out to Rhododendron Lake, just south of Parksville, British Columbia. The lake is unique in …