Tuesday, August 9

Colour us Beautiful!

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Aug 9, 2022

Colour us Beautiful!

It’s wild flower season and are alpine meadows have been coloured in beautiful with the wildflowers in bloom!


In our neck of the woods, you will find an abundance of flora. Throughout our summer season flowers of all shapes, sizes and colours bloom in the Banff Sunshine Meadows. 


This summer, live life in full bloom and take a walk on the wildflower side at Banff Sunshine. Here are just a few of the wildflowers that add a pop of colour to our resort. 


  • Alpine Paint Brush  

The Alpine Paintbrush is one of the easiest flowers to spot at Banff Sunshine. These flowers are bright pink or reddish in colour. This unique flower paints a blanket on our mountain in the summer. Due to our colder alpine temperatures, you will find this flower blooming from July to August. 


  • Fireweed  

Now is the perfect time to visit the Sunshine Meadows; just starting to bloom, you'll find the Fireweed. This flower creates a colorful carpet to our meadows, thrives in open meadows and traditionally grows anywhere from 4 to 6 feet. Fireweed gets its name from how quickly it propagates after forest fires. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that Fireweed can grow up to 9 feet tall! 


  • Western Anemone  

The Western Anemone looks like it was stolen right out of The Lorax. During the flowering, you notice a white flower bloom. Once it transitions to seed, it turns light green with ferny leaves. These leaves or stems are covered with fine hairs, thus giving the Wester Anemone the nickname "hippie on a stick."


  • Cinquefoil 

Cinquefoils or five fingers are similar to strawberry plants however the flowers are yellow, and the plant produces seeds instead of berries. Cinquefoils get their names from "cinc" which in old French means five, for the five petals.  


Next time you're up in the meadows, make sure to stop by our interpretive center to learn more about the flora that is in bloom in our alpine meadows.