Safe & Edible Plants
In B.C. Canada

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29th, April 2024

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What To Do When Lost While Hiking in Canada

In the wilderness of British Columbia, Canada, safe and edible plants include:

  1. Salmonberries: They are bright pink or red and look similar to raspberries. They are usually ripe between May and July.
  2. Huckleberries: They are small and round with a dark blue color. They are typically ripe in late summer to early fall.
  3. Thimbleberries: These berries are red and have a soft texture. They usually ripen in mid-summer.
  4. Stinging Nettle: The leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach, but be sure to wear gloves when handling as they can cause a rash.
  5. Dandelions: The entire plant is edible, from flowers to roots.
  6. Fireweed: The young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
  7. Camas: The bulbs of this plant can be cooked and eaten, but be careful not to confuse them with Death Camas, which is toxic.

It’s crucial to be 100% sure of a plant’s identity before consuming it.

Emergency Food Supplies for Hiking

When hiking, packing emergency food supplies is vital. Choose lightweight, non-perishable items with high nutritional value. This can include energy bars, trail mix, jerky, and dried fruits. Also consider packing high-energy, compact survival food rations.

Always carry a small, lightweight cooking equipment and a means to purify water. Remember, your emergency food supplies should be separate from your regular hiking snacks. It’s to be used when you’re stranded or lost. Properly packing these supplies can make a significant difference in survival situations.


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