I know, I know, it’s the middle of winter and already I’m here to talk about summer. But the fact is that a lot of you photographers out there are already planning your summer vacations and many of you want to know when the best times to be here in the Canadian Rockies are if your primary goal is to photograph wildflowers in the landscape.
Given the snowpack this year, which is not particularly deep compared to last year, I’d put our best guess for the peak of wildflower photography to be sometime between July 25th and August 5th this summer. The peak tends to be pretty uniform across the parks, from Jasper to Banff and even south into Kananaskis Country and Kootenay National Park. You can expect roadside flowers to start peaking in mid to late July, with the true carpets of alpine flowers beginning in that last week of July in places like Sunshine Meadows, the Tonquin Valley (Jasper National Park) and the Rockwall (Kootenay National Park).
PS – interested in joining me for an incredible wildflower photography workshop experience? Consider my heli-hiking flower photography workshop in August in the BC Rockies.