Discovering the Wild Flowers of the Canadian Arctic

Discovering the Wild Flowers of the Canadian Arctic

  • Labrador
  • Photography
  • Quebec

Written by Alain Lagacé

Who has not dreamed of travelling to Canada’s Far North to discover the Arctic tundra biome that awakens after the long polar winter? The Arctic tundra biome was formed at the end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago and covers over 11 million square kilometres of the earth’s surface. This is a dream region for naturalist photographers looking for miniature native wildflowers and beautiful tundra landscapes.

The arctic tundra biome found on the Gold Peninsula in the Far North of Arctic Quebec and Labrador is an exceptional region where the southern Ecozone of the Arctic Cordillera (Torngat Mountains range) is home to countless flowers and wild plants that line the tundra in all kinds of colours.

The Arctic summer is short but colourful with many plants, as can be seen in the photo above; the Rhodiola (medicinal plant), the Dwarf fireweed (edible root), the Mountain sorrel (edible leaves rich in vitamin C), the Moss campion (edible root) and Snow pearlwort are just a few of the 300 species of wildflowers found in the Arctic tundra biome.

If you opt for a guided outing, our expert wildflower photographer guide will take you to the most beautiful places. Bring your macro lenses and capture sensational images of this miniature and colorful world.

You can also take a self-guided discovery tour using the “Plants of the villages and parks of Nunavik” field guide. This atlas illustrates more than 400 plants and their distribution in Nunavik villages and parks.

Macro photography is an immersion into the world of the tiny and a fascinating activity to discover the Far North and bring back images that are the envy of all.

Discovering wildflowers is a popular activity for photographers as well as for companions looking for a different activity to fully experience the Canadian Arctic on the Golden Peninsula.

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