The Pacific Northwest is well known for many things, one of which is the abundance of its choice edible mushrooms. Walk along any trail here on Vancouver Island, and you are likely to find an infinite number of colourful mushrooms sprouting from the earth!

However, if you are inclined to go out foraging for wild mushrooms for the first time, this fall or in early spring, be sure to go out with somebody experienced in mycology, that is, someone familiar with the study of fungi. Or join one of the many local foraging expeditions. As the adage goes: “All mushrooms are edible—but some of them only once.” You get the idea!

Here is a list of some of the top favourite edible mushrooms you can find in our neighbourhood.