The East Coast Trail is probably one of the most exciting hiking trails on Earth. There’s just so much to see: towering cliffs, fjords, sea stacks, a marine geyser called the Spout, abandoned structures, seabird colonies, caribou herds, whales, icebergs, a suspension bridge, and even two active archaeological excavation sites.
But if you have to choose from its wide array of attractions, the cherry on top has to be the berry picking. Nothing beats the simple pleasure of munching on small fruit you just picked off the bushes along the trail. It just so happens that the East Coast Trail is also the best place to forage for berries in the planet.
There are several kinds of berries found in the East Coast Trail, and each one ripens at a distinct time of the year. Bakeapples appear in July, blueberries ,raspberries, crackerberries, and creeping snowberries in August, blackberries in September, cranberries and marshberries in October, and partridgeberries in December. These berries are the most popular choices and the easiest to find. They also occur in different parts of the trail.
Foraging for berries is a fairly easy task. But if it’s your first time, you might want to go with a berry picking guide to help you identify the edible berries from the poisonous ones (just in case). For a more detailed berry picking guide, click here.
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