My Visit With Ptarmigan, Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park

May 25, 2014 — 6 Comments

The greatest thrill while experiencing nature often comes when you least expect it. That’s exactly what happened to me as I began my descent of Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park on a summer’s evening. After spending hours on the ridge, I had barley descended when a family of Ptarmigan came to visit. To be more precise, since it was their home, I was visiting them.

I have written a few posts featuring one of my favourite places, Garibaldi Provincial Park, north of Vancouver, Canada, including Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day. Now let’s visit the Ptarmigan.

This is the Rock Ptarmigan of Garibaldi Park.

Ptarmigan Garibaldi provincial Park Canada


The Ptarmigan is a member of the grouse family and native to northern Europe and Asia, Japan, the United States, and Canada. It is a protected species in Japan and has been in other countries at times due to overhunting. In the United States, the Ptarmigan is known as “Snow Chicken.”

This one was admiring the views from the ridge.

Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge Garibaldi provincial Park


The Ptarmigan are well camouflaged to help protect them from predators. The camouflage is seasonal and ranges from the summer colours that you see here to white in winter.

Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi provincial Park panorama ridge


The Ptarmigan wandered across the ridge. The brilliant blue at the upper left is Garibaldi Lake.

Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi provincial Park Whistler


The one on the left was admiring the view too. The tallest peak across the lake is Mount Garibaldi. The formation known as The Table is below Mount Garibaldi and Mount Price is toward the right.

panorama ridge Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi Park



Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge Garibaldi Whistler


The Ptarmigan were only a few feet away as they walked by. They didn’t seem too bothered by my presence.

Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi Park Canada



Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge Garibaldi



Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge whistler Garibaldi provincial Park


Can’t get enough of the amazing view.

Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge Whistler Garibaldi


 This curious one walked very close to me.

Ptarmigan Garibaldi Park panorama ridge



Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi Park panorama ridge



Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi Park Whistler



Rock Ptarmigan panorama ridge Garibaldi Park



Rock Ptarmigan Garibaldi provincial Park Canada


After spending time with the Ptarmigan on Panorama Ridge, I had to finish my descent. The sun would be setting soon behind the Tantalus Mountains and I wanted to at least find my way to Taylor Meadows while there was still light.

Isn’t evening beautiful in the mountains on a fine summer’s day!

panorama ridge sunset tantalus range Garibaldi Garibaldi Park


This one was still enjoying the view as I said goodbye.

Garibaldi Park panorama ridge Rock Ptarmigan


I hope you enjoyed this post as I will never forget my visit with the Ptarmigan family of Garibaldi Park. For more posts from Garibaldi Provincial Park, please check my page Photos & Journeys. Thanks for your time.


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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


6 responses to My Visit With Ptarmigan, Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park

  1. Lori Pederson May 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    My favorite place also. Can’t wait until the snow is gone and I can head back. Beautiful pics. Feel free to post any of your hikes on my Scaredy Cat pages as I always share them.

  2. I’ve never seen a Ptarmigan before basically because it occupies higher western mountain elevations (yes I googled it) ’cause I could not understand why I’ve never seen one before….but it does resemble a chicken. I certainly hope your “host” appreciates that you’ve dedicated a post in its honour. Love visiting with your diverse posts….Great music in the background too. 🙂

    • Thanks so much. I can’t remember seeing Ptarmigan before. If I had left a few minutes earlier, I would have never seen them. Very grateful to the Ptarmigan and to you for visiting here 🙂

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