WOW! Silver Star's spectacular Mountain Wildflowers are in full bloom. "Everything's flowering at once," exclaims Roseanne Van Ee, Silver Star¹s Nature Tour Guide, "from creamy white wild Rhododendrons to bright blue Lupins and every bright colour in between." All the June and early July rains delayed the early blossoms and now, the warm, glorious sunshine has forced all the flowers out at once. Even endangered flowering plants, like White Rein Orchid and Cotton Grass, are making a solid comeback as rain-drenched soils have renewed the subalpine bogs.
Join a guided Mountain Wildflower Tour any afternoon to experience and enjoy the best wildflower meadows and hear their stories. This year, the tour begins with a pleasant hike down to the Comet chairlift for a scenic ride up the mountain. The walk downhill extends the blooming and ripening times through the summer. Van Ee boasts, "We've already been sampling wild strawberries on our way down to the lift." The fresh sub-alpine air and weather's very pleasant for hiking up here. Bring a camera! Phone Silver Star's Summer Ticket Office at 558-6010 for info and bookings, click here.
Other New Mountain Tours:
More berries and vegetation means more food for the wildlife. New this year, are shorter morning tours on level mountain trails. The Bears & Berries tours every Thursday and Saturday at 10:30 am features amazing facts about Black Bears and what they like to eat. Trails & Tales every Friday at 10:30 am is a pleasant history tour along mountainside paths through the sub-alpine world of forest and slope. Morning Mountain Birding tours, available for groups on request, catch subalpine birds in action.
Free Saturday Display:
Meet Mountain Naturalist and Tour Guide, Roseanne Van Ee, in the village plaza with a display at Noon every Saturday for Discover The Wild Side of Silver Star. She will answer questions about Silver Star's fascinating wildlife & colorful history. Find out about bears, wildflowers, gold mining era and lots more! Kids can get their picture taken wearing a bearskin suit.