May’s heat and June’s rain have forced the wildflowers and lush vegetation out early this summer on Silver Star. So, the Mountain Wildflower Tours and Bears & Berries start this Saturday June 29 with the grand opening. This is the earliest start to summer I can remember up here. Just a shadow of green covered the lower slopes in past Junes, but this summer, wow, everything’s popping out fast. Once that sun hits; watch out! I’m expecting a fantastic wildflower show this summer.
This Saturday, the two for one Scenic SkyChair lift pass coupons can be used for the Grand Mountain Wildflower Tour.
There’s way more to this remarkable tour than flowers, though. We hike to the most scenic viewpoints, through the best wildflower meadows, past the abandoned Silver Queen Mine and cabin looking for wildlife and watching the wild antics of mountain bikers wielding down the slopes. There’s loads of mountain history and best of all, this leg stretch is all downhill. Every tour winds up with a homemade lemonade and cookie picnic in Silver Star‘s attractive village.
Take A Tour:
The Short & Sweet Mountain Wildflower Tour – Monday to Wednesday afternoons 1-3 pm
The Grand Mountain Wildflower Tour – Friday and Saturday afternoons 1-5 pm
Bears & Berries – Thursday to Saturday mornings 10 am -12 pm
Get A Tour:
Custom group or private tours – any time, any day designed for your group’s interest and abilities
For more information and details: Google “Outdoor Discoveries wildflowers” * see www.OutdoorDiscoveries.com/wildflower.htm * call 250-558-6010
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The night I was released from hospital, I Googled “snowshoeing with crutches” – zang! A company called SideStix showed up followed by a video list of crutching snowshoers exploring Coastal Mountain ridges and creeks. I threw my head back – “What? is this for real !?” Maybe that remnant morphine from the knee operation was playing on my hopes, fears and imagination.
I scanned through videos and stories of athletes and outdoor enthusiasts snowshoeing, hiking, playing soccer and more from Italy, South Africa, the US and other countries. But, where are these from? “Hey Roseanne, it’s the www. You can order from anywhere,” I skeptically thought as I clicked through contacts.
“Sechelt? Sechelt BC? OMG, this is so BC!” I laughed.
Well that was it, “I’ve got to try these!” I started dreaming of crutching through the snowghost forest of Silver Star, then imagining all the walking compromised people who could now get out and explore the magical, winter wonderland that so many others are just beginning to love. This is an adaptive snow sport revolution!
Follow this blog to find out how these SideStix perform.
Jestyn with Pine Grosbeak on Snowshoe Safari
It’s spring and the birds know it! They’re flitting and chirping all around us on the Snowshoe Safaris lately. It’s been quite a show.
Last Friday, we got so close to a Pine Grosbeak, we could pick it up. It was laying on the snow dead, recently blown out of a tree in a sudden spring gust. It was perfectly preserved, so we had a good look and returned him to his resting spot.
We often find squirrel and bird nests blown out of the trees in spring, but this was the first bird I’ve seen knocked out.
Pine Marten on Silver Star photo: Walt Duncan
Pine Martens (AKA American Marten, Martes americana) have been creating quite a stir at Silver Star lately. Generally solitary, two Pine Martens were recently observed darting across a cross country trail. Chances are one was chasing the other out of its territory. Although a Mountain Host assured their American guest who saw the incident that it was just two cats in pursuit, the guest wasn’t convinced.
On the same side of the mountain, Grandview residents Walt and Linda Duncan, watched a Pine Marten and caught some great photos. Peggy Kassa absolutely adored seeing one near the top of the mountain just recently, too.
Pine Martens are common weasels on Silver Star, but are rarely seen as they camouflage up in the tall trees. We sometimes follow their tracks on the Snowshoe Safaris. They’re one of four weasels in the resort area, but the biggest and the only one that remains brown through the winter (the others turn white). They’re mostly carnivorous eating squirrels, rodents, birds and insects, but also eat fruit and seeds.
Why have so many been observed recently? It might be that they’re frequenting bird feeders that are popping up all over (I’m not a proponent of feeding wildlife) and I’ve observed them escape down trees when helicopters fly low overhead. Or maybe people are just taking a greater interest in the wildlife around them at Silver Star – I hope.
Don't mess with carnivorous Pine Martens. Don't even try to catch or pet one. photo: Walt Duncan
Have you seen wildlife on Silver Star? I’d love to hear your stories or send photos.
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Roseanne & John Lasseter
One of my highlights this year was planning and guiding a full day tour in October called “Wild Mushrooms and Salmon – a Pre-Thanksgiving Feast for the Eyes” for John Lasseter, animator, director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, his wife Nancy and about 24 of their best friends including talk show host Bonnie Hunt, Country star Brad Paisley, his wife actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Olympic medalist skater Scott Hamilton and more.
Good thing I’m such an outdoors enthusiast who barely has time for TV or movies, let alone following celebrities. I couldn’t even get star-struck. They were exceptionally nice folks, very interested in our environment and lots of fun.
While on the bus back to their Royal CP Heritage Train, I told the group how Disney influenced my life. John really enjoyed that!
The tour had been booked a year in advance and I couldn’t tell anyone ahead of time.
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