Take a seaweed tour on Vancouver Island
“Seaweed plants are the healthiest plants on the planet,” says Diane Bernard. That’s why she decided to found Outer Coast Seaweeds, a four-year-old company that sells hand-harvested wild seaweeds to the region’s top restaurants and spas and offers guided seaweed tours for the rest of us.
From May through September, Bernard outfits groups with rubber boots and marches them through low-tide fields of alaria (winged kelp), egregia (feather boa), and fucus (rockweed).
People are typically leery about nibbling on the stuff, Bernard says. But before long, she’s got them snacking on celery-like ribs of alaria or wrapping themselves in rockweed.