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Picking Wildberries

Across the spongy tundra of the Lower North Shore, a variety of fruit bearing plants grow in June, July and August, and in some cases, well into September.  These wildberries can be found on barrens, near bushes, or on marshes. 

One of the most cherished berries along the Coast is the cloudberry, locally known as the bakeapple.  This fruit ripens from a hardened berry, red in colour, into a soft orange or amber coloured berry that resembles a large raspberry. Cloudberries are juicy and rich in vitamin C.      

Jug of Berries
Jug of Berries

Other common berries found on the Lower North Shore include cranberries, crowberries (known locally as blackberries), partridgeberries (also known as lingonberries or redberries), blueberries and raspberries.

Once these wildberries ripen, it is tradition to pick them for use in local recipes and dishes.  Although cleaning the berries can be time-consuming, some of the greatest aromas and tastes can be found in a kitchen “boiling down” or baking with these local fruits.  Jams, jellies, pies, muffins, cakes and puddings are all popular goodies that grace the tables of Lower North Shore homes, and can be found in many of the area’s restaurants.  Home made berry wine and berry liqueurs are also increasingly popular products.

Wild Berries
Wild Berries

In most communities, there are no designated zones for picking berries, nor any permits required.  However, within the municipalities of Blanc-Sablon (Brador, Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon and Blanc-Sablon) and Bonne Espérance (Middle Bay, St. Paul’s River and Old Fort), you require a permit to pick bakeapples.  You can obtain a permit for $15 at the municipal office in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon to pick berries in the municipality of Blanc-Sablon.  Visit the municipal office in St. Paul’s River for berrypicking in the municipality of Bonne Espérence. Permits cost $8 for non-residents or $10 for families. Municipal offices are open Monday to Friday, during regular business hours. These permits are issued annually, depending on the state of the berry crop. There is no permit required for picking other types of berries.

Please note that circulating with an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on bakeapple marshes or berry grounds is prohibited. 

 

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