Elisabeth von Ah
Michael Mardner





Everybody interested in the plant world will find a paradise here.

As diverse as the landscapes are as multiple are the plants growing here. Swamps and marshlands dominate the areas where the rivers enter and leave the lakes, riparian forests and floodplain meadows are found in the valleys, and vast forests cover the mountain slopes from valley bottom uphill until they reach sub alpine and alpine regions.

Spring begins in the valleys already by the end of March when nature awakes with incredible speed after the winter months. Alpine meadows usually are snow covered until the end of June. White anemones and yellow glacier lilies are the first spring bloomers there. During July and August mountain meadows unfold their stunning beauty with countless flowers blooming in an unmatched blaze of colors and diversity. Every week other plants and other colors dominate the picture until the first frost in September brings the whole magnificence to a sudden end - just over night.

First Nations people needed a large knowledge about the fauna to survive in the wilderness. They knew the difference between eatable and poisonous plants and used their healing power. Today wilderness ethics requires that we just enjoy the plants and take pictures.

Mountain hikers are asked to stay on trails the fragile mountain world to leave as little footprints behind as possible. Hikers who enter the world far away from trails should inform themselves about poisonous and dangerous plants.

Dedicated fauna lovers find many rare plant species in the Kootenays, some of them are endemic here. Haus Lemon Creek and Haus Beaver Castle provide you with identification field guides and information material.

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Alpine flower Meadow with Red Indian Paintbrushes, Purple Lupines
and Yellow Arnica


Ladyslipper Orchid


Tree Fungus