The Compass Magazine and Gohiking.ca are pleased to present:

A guided walking series with Bud Logan. 

Learn how to harvest and prepare medicinal plants, learn about edible plants and learn about local mushrooms. Bud has been teaching about medicinal, edible plants and mushrooms for a number of years and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gathered through years of hiking the Islands forest realms.

Integrated into these walks is the story of forest ecology and how trees talk to one another.


Payment Option 1
Please choose the walk(s) you would like to join, then check out via PayPal.

Payment Option 2
Cash payments will also be accepted at the start of each walk. Please email me at [email protected] to confirm your participation if using payment option 2.

We will meet at the Quinsam River bridge, Nursery Rd, Campbell River, BC. Walks will start at 1:00 pm for all 3 walks, look for the go hiking van. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Medicinal Plants

Self Heal, Medicinal Plants, BC Coastal Region
Selfheal, Photo By Bud Logan
Natural medicine is no longer a back to nature fad but a real down to earth philosophy. A need for more natural healing is like something new to us but in reality, we have always relied on plants for medicine. From time immemorial, man has used plants to treat illness and relieve pain. Over half of the medicines, doctors prescribe today are derived from members of the plant kingdom. Over the ages, many magical and mystical powers were ascribed to plants as medicine. Sometimes their abilities to heal were thought to be magical and their healing qualities were feared by some groups like the church. Many people were put to death for their understanding of these healing abilities. But today we understand the chemical and physical qualities that account for the healing properties of these plants.

Edible Plants

Chocolate Lilly, Photo By Bud Logan

The Pacific Northwest has many choice edible plants that can be harvested from the wild. Some plants are very healthy and some can add a flavor to your table that can not be bought. But please be careful when gathering wild food as some may not agree with you and some can make you quite ill. Some plants can be confused with inedible or poisonous plants so be sure you know what you’ve harvested before eating any wild plant. There are many great field guides for edible plants, so find a decent one for your area and take it out with you.

Don’t over harvest a single species in one location and never harvest endangered species. Only take what you need. Even though a plant may be edible, its flavor may not be to your liking so before harvesting a plant that is new to you, gather a little and try it out beforehand.

Be careful about gathering wild plants in areas that have been sprayed with pesticides, or in areas where you don’t know if spraying has occurred. I don’t gather wild plants along any roads,  the dust from the roads and pollution from exhaust fumes can contaminate the plants. Making them unhealthy for consumption.

So get your book on edible plants and head out into the field, you will have fun, learn about plants and get healthy from both the plants and the walk in the forest.

Mushrooms

Chicken Of The Woods Mushroom, Photo By Bud Logan

The world of mushrooms is for many, a rather alien world of mystery and misconceptions. While many may be familiar with local plants & animals, the realm of fungi seems slightly strange and shrouded in secrecy. We are often warned to be cautious with mushrooms and told that they’re best left alone. Sage advice for most, but some people just love mushrooms. There are some very incredibly delicious varieties of edible mushrooms to harvest! Some of our local mushrooms rank among the best in the world.

The Go Hiking Van