You saw it here first – the wood lilies are beginning to bloom in Bow Valley Provincial park( and likely many other locations). Thanks to Chuck who sent this photo.
I was there today to see them with my own eyes, so I know it’s authentic.
The pathways are lined with bright pink hedysarum(aka northern sweetvetch) and yellow lady’s slipper. The roots of hedysarum are a primary food source for grizzly bears at this time of year. A few shooting stars and red paintbrush were also in bloom. There were lots of other wild flowers which I don’t know the names of.
As we were driving out of the park(near Elk Flats group camp), a majestic, beautiful cinnamon-coloured grizzly bear crossed the road about 40 metres in front of us. All the parks are full of bears at low elevation right now. Make lots of noise when hiking, carry bear spray, and keep your dogs on a leash.