Bog Bilberry, Vaccinium uliginosum subsp. occidentale

Vaccinium uliginosum is native to cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  In Newfoundland it grows in wet acidic soils on heathland, and in coniferous forests, from sea level up to 3,400 metres (11,200 ft) altitude.  They are rich in antioxidants known as anthocyanins and polyphenols.  Bilberries have been used for medicinal purposes for conditions ranging from eye conditions to diabetes. It is also used for chest pain (angina), hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), circulatory problems, diarrhea, mouth/throat inflammation, and varicose veins. In fact, bilberries contain the highest antioxidant level of any berry!  You can eat them raw or in  jam form. The dried, ripe fruit and leaves are used to make medicine and can be steeped to make tea.

Partridge Berry Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The Partridgeberry is  a low (2 - 12 cm) evergreen shrub which occurs throughout Newfoundland and Labrador on rocky and dry peaty acid soils, barrens, and coastal heathlands. This species is widely known as lingonberry, but in Newfoundland and Labrador it is called partridgeberry. Plants flower mid-June to mid-July and produce dark red berries that ripen mid-September.  The tart fruit is harvested in the fall and is very popular as a jam.

Spring / Summer 2020

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View whales close up from the Flower's Cove Trail 

From Maberly to Flower's Cove

The walk back from Flower's Cove

Maberly, where the hike begins

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Drone Footage of Flower's Cove (picnic destination)

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