A Berry Wild Time
There are over 20 types of edible berries on Fogo Island. And that’s not all.
Rare lichens, herds of caribou, and skittish partridges are just some of what you can expect to find while foraging for berries on the barrens and hills of Fogo Island.
Look out for partridgeberries, marshberries, crowberries, whorts, bakeapples, and blueberries as you gather wood for a Fogo Island boil up. The berry season tradition of an outdoor fire, roasted salt fish, berry tarts, and strong tea is the simplest yet most satisfying of feasts.
September 1 to October 31.
“A Berry Wild Time” rates include all meals and planned excursions and begin at CAD$1,575 per night for two. Solo travellers deduct $200. Family suites available.
International Reservations: +1 709 658 3444 US & Canada Reservations: +1 855 268 9277 Or email [email protected]
Arrive on Fogo Island and let the island start to reveal itself on the 30-minute drive through outport communities as you make your way home to your berry refuge, Fogo Island Inn.
Check into Fogo Island Inn; a traditional yet contemporary masterpiece of modern architecture and design. The Inn has been recently recognized as Andrew Harper’s 2015 Hideaway of the Year.
Our welcoming staff will escort you to your suite where you will find views of one of the wildest and most powerful oceans in the world through your floor-to-ceiling windows. Breathe out, unwind and start dreaming of bakeapples, bearberries, Canadian blackberries, bog bilberries, crackerberries, juniper berries…all the berries.
Join us in the second floor gathering floor to get your bearings for berries before cocktail hour. A community host will give you a brief introduction to Fogo Island and its rich bounty of wild berries.
Meet us in the lounge for a demonstration on cocktails infused with locally foraged berries. Cocktail flavours in Fogo Island Inn’s lounge come from the island’s 16 varieties of edible berries, ingredients from the shoreline and traditional preserving techniques.
Supper at the Inn in our award-wining dining room; named among the top 3 “Best New Restaurants of Canada” by enRoute magazine. Enjoy a locally sourced set menu prepared by our kitchen brigade, the “Wild Taste” Three Course Menu, while the waves of the North Atlantic crash just beyond your table setting.
After supper join us around a roaring beach bonfire and share the history and culture of this place through stories over rock-tails – just outside the Inn. Maybe have a s’more or two topped with some freshly foraged berries.
Greet the sun as she rises from the ocean and find a handmade wooden daybreak basket outside your suite door filled with coffee, tea and fresh pastries. Linger.
Breakfast at your leisure in Fogo Island Inn’s dining room.
Meet in 2nd floor Gathering Hall: Break off with a community host and leave for the hills. Buckets will be provided.
(dress for foraging success: over-ankle hiking boots (no city boots), moisture-proof apparel, hats, sunblock-- and a wool sweater never goes astray).
Depart Fogo Island Inn, by vehicle for a guided day of wild berry and maybe some wild mushroom picking.
Walking & Picking: Walk out onto hills and pick whatever edibles we find – under the watchful eye of your community host. Meander through bogs and marshes, picking wild berries that grow thickly and quietly from the ground- at least 20 different varieties grace our island.
The morning turns into a tasty outport "boil-up" featuring salt fish, lassy bread, blackberry cake, jam tart, strong tea and a song or two around a wood fire.
After dinner, take a stroll for some homemade ice cream at Growlers. The local women make some of the most innovative ice creams anywhere using the islands rich supplies of berries.
Following a successful day of berry picking, head to a shed to learn about bottling and canning, the traditional method for preserving your bounty.
Return to Fogo Island Inn for some rest and relaxation
Read a book in the library, visit the Fogo Island Art Gallery or opt for some downtime in your suite.
If you don’t feel like resting, take a coastal walk to the Great Auk (one of five bronze sculptures created by Lost Bird Project visionary, Todd Mcgrain). The Great Auk’s symbolic perch at the end of Joe Batt’s point is an excellent place to close your eyes in wonder and respect for the savage sea and observe personal requiem for this lost bird.
Family style supper in our Dining Room, featuring your daily bounty.
After supper check out the local scene on Fogo Island, maybe attend a shed party, enjoy some local music or unwind in the roof top sauna or hot tubs for an infinite view of the dizzying, night sky. Be reminded that nature is truly eternal.
Enjoy your daybreak tray in your room. Linger.
Farewell breakfast in the Dining Room.
Guests depart for ferry and official berry programming ends.
Available in one of our Seven Seasons