A Berry Wild Time
September 1 to October 31.
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.
The Berry Wild Time itinerary includes all meals in the Inn's award-winning dining room, planned excursions and full use of the Inn's facilities. A three-night minimum applies. To reserve, call International Reservations at +1 709 658 3444, US & Canada Reservations at +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.
Meet us in the lounge for inspired 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 'Wild Taste' three-course menu prepared by our Kitchen Collective. Witness 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.
Break off with a Community Host and leave for the hills. Buckets will be provided.
(Dress for foraging success: over-ankle hiking 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 picking.
Walk out onto the hills surrounding the Inn, picking 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.
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.
Rouse yourself from the comfort of your bed to enjoy your daybreak basket. As you sip your beverage and enjoy your pastry, look out your floor to ceiling windows to watch the motions of the North Atlantic.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in the Dining Room.
Meet your Community Host in the lobby for your island orientation. Be prepared for fresh perspectives and insights; stories and laughter during your half-day outing. Allow yourself to be oriented to this “salty Narnia” by the people of the place - who have retained their 400-year-old heritage; whose sense of self comes from deep historical ties to landscape and seascape; people who are profoundly at home on this “edge of the known.”
Dinner (lunch) is served at your leisure in the dining room.
Grab a complimentary bicycle, and make your way through the community of Joe Batt's arm to join up with the Joe Batt's point trail. Bounded by the craggy shores of the North Atlantic, it is not uncommon to spot caribou, foxes, whales, icebergs, and colonies of seabirds. And our 420-million-year-old geologic history is in evidence everywhere: spot stunning and fascinating contortions of rock formed by ice, fire, and sea. After your invigorating adventure, return to the Inn. Relax in the sauna and hot tubs, read in the library, work out in the gym, or opt to retire to your suite.
Enjoy contemporary Newfoundland cuisine featuring the bounty of the land and sea, while waves crash on the shoreline just beyond your table setting.
After supper, enjoy late evening drinks in our Lounge with traditional music played by local musicians. Relax in the sauna and hot tubs, read in the library, work out in the gym, or opt to retire to your suite.
Enjoy your daybreak tray in your room. Linger.
Farewell breakfast in the Dining Room.
Guests depart for ferry and official berry programming ends.
A Berry Wild Time
Please note that some excursions may be subject to additional fees. To secure your booking, please call: +1 709-658-3444 or toll free in North America at +1 855-268-9277 or email [email protected]
Available in one of our Seven Seasons