Blueberries, they’re easy to pick and even easier to love!
On the East Coast Trail I used to pick blueberries all the time; sometimes I took a few cups of them home but mostly I just enjoyed them as juicy trailside snacks that helped me keep going.
While blueberries can be found on nearly every coastal trail, I had a few favourite picking areas if I needed them in quantity. One of the best places close to me was in the middle of St. John’s, on the South Side Hills:
Granted, it’s a bit of a climb to reach this berry picking paradise, but in good years the rewards are plentiful and the views are second to none:
Yes, that’s the Cabot Tower in the background, the South Side Hills are just across the Narrows from Signal Hill.
Another great picking area not far from St. John’s is north of Pouch Cove, and it is aptly called the ‘Berry Ground’:
If you’re going to this Berry Ground you’ll find your blueberries in several clearings between the gravel road and a trail called Biscan Cove Path, which runs along the coast.
While you’re looking for blueberries you may also find the raspberries that grow here:
There are many more good blueberry picking areas near St. John’s, but I wanted to include one a little further south too, on the East Coast Trail between Kingman’s Cove and Renews:
The former settlement of Trixs Cove is now a wide-open field filled with blueberry bushes, it’s located on Bear Cove Point Path just 1.2 km from the north trailhead in Kingman’s Cove.
While my recently published East Coast Trail Guide is a hiking guide and not a berry picking guide, it can help you find what you’re looking for with its many references to berry picking, both in the trail descriptions and on the trail maps: