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Learn About Native Plants in the Pemberton Valley

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Foraging for Native Plants in Pemberton

The Pemberton Area is Blooming

There are so many things that might bring you to the Pemberton Valley: mountain biking, hiking, swimming, camping, road cycling...

You get the idea. Many of the things that bring you to Pemberton are outdoor activities. There is a reason for that: Our area is a gorgeous wonderland of  abundance, and it has been for centuries. Each wave of newcomers to the valley is lured to some extent by the natural surroundings Pemberton offers, from the original Lilwat people, to the successive waves of immigrants who came from across Canada as well as from far as away as Switzerland, China and even Australia to settle in this lush valley.

One thing the earlier settlers did that later arrivals did not do is to cultivate an awareness of the native plants. In recent years, this lost art and science is being renewed both in Pemberton and across British Columbia. Learning about native plants is a valuable skill that's also fun to learn. 

In recent years, Whistler's Cornucopia has integrated wild foods into their Nourish series, and more and more naturalists are offering their services to show us all how to identify wild food — and how to cook what we've found. Restaurants offer these delicacies on their menus. 

And Pemberton's own

Dawn Johnson is now producing a series on native plants of our area on the Winds of Change blog, giving helpful information on many of the wild native plants of our area. The plants mentioned are diverse, including dogwood, bracken fern fiddleheads, alder, Douglas fir and thimbleberry.

Of course, this is a wonderful resource for those who live in Pemberton, but it's great for visitors, too. A growing number of tourists want to get to know a new area deeply, learning about the history, culture and flora and fauna as well as simply taking in the sights. 

Learning about native plants as a tourism activity is more and more popular, as described by Canada's tourism commission. All across Canada, but increasingly popular in British Columbia, tourists are taking time to go on nature walks with locals who know the flora and fauna of their area and are happy to share their wisdom.

A few of the native plants in Pemberton include:

  • Bracken Fern Fiddleheads
  • Thimbleberries
  • Red Alder
  • Baldhip Rose
  • False Lily of the Valley
  • Paper Birch

We invite you to take a look at the entire catalogue of native plants being chronicled on Winds of Change, and consider learning more about the native plants of our area during your next visit with us.