Whistler Naturalists

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 13th annual Mushroom Festival a fun event!

Thanks to Joern Rohde for the following photos:


FAU 2015

FAU Scientists (James Holkko)


Fungus Among Us

13th Annual Mushroom Festival

October 16 & 17, 2015

Myrtle Philip School, 6195 Lorimer Road


Talks by Gurus!

“The secret lives of Whistler’s Mushrooms” by Andy MacKinnon

“Fungus in your food” by Bryce Kendrick

Friday October 17, 7:30 pm ($8/$10)


Walks with Gurus!

Saturday October 18, 8:30 am – noon ($10/$15)

Meet at Myrtle Philip School


Tastes! Featuring Bruce Worden from Milestones

Saturday October 18, 12:30 – 2:00 ($20/$25)

Wild mushroom, yum!  Taste your way through delicious recipes.

*Tickets will be on sale Friday night and before the Saturday Walk.  Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


Mushroom Display!

Saturday October 18, 2:30 – 4:00 (free!)

Check out the day’s finds, labelled and explained by our experts.


More info on tickets:

All events $35/$45.  Talks and walks free for under-18’s.  Lower rates come with a $20 Naturalists membership.  Cash or cheque only please.  No advance tickets.

Comfort and etiquette:

Please dress warmly for the walk and leave the mushrooms in the forest for later.  No dogs please.

Questions?  Email: bob@whistlerbiodiversity.ca





What a year for the 11th annual Fungus Among Us Mushroom Festival!  It’s been a phenomenal year for fungi and we had a fantastic capacity crowd that came to celebrate with us.  At first count the scientists identified almost 200 species, of which 20-30 are new records for Whistler. There were lots of big grins as people came back from the Saturday mushroom walks, tasted their way through the delicious cooking show, and were then awed by the huge variety of mushrooms on the display table.


The Whistler Naturalists would like to thank all those who made the annual event possible:

  • the Community Foundation of Whistler as our main sponsor;
  • The Toadstool Troupe for their highly entertaining performance;
  • Bryce Kendrick for his fantastic talk and photos on “Fungi: Now you seem them, now you don’t”;
  • the 16 fabulous mushroom gurus for leading the walks on Saturday and for the fungus display;
  • Alta Bistro’s Edward Dangerfield and his crew for presenting the hugely popular cooking with mushrooms demonstration and tasting;
  • Nesters Market for donating supplies for the tasting and raffle prizes;
  • Kevin Trim for donating his fungus sculptures for our fundraising raffle;
  • the great group of volunteers who helped out; and
  • all the folks that came out to share their enthusiasm and wonder for all things fungal

See you next year!


See article from the Pique’s John French.




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Fungus Among Us


OCTOBER 18-19, 2013

Myrtle Philip Community School

6195 Lorimer Road


TALKS BY GURUS! (Friday Night)

Bryce Kendrick, “Fungi: Now you see them, now you don’t”

Special performance by The Toadstool Troupe

Friday 7:30pm, Myrtle Philip School ($8/$10)


WALKS WITH GURUS! (Saturday Morning)

Andy MacKinnon • Anne Leatham •  Brian Didier • Brooke Fochuk

Bryce Kendrick • Danny Miller• Daryl Thompson • Dayton Page

James Holkko • Juliet Pendray • Kem Luther • Kevin Trim

Leanne Gallon • Ludovic LeRenard  • Luke Mikler

Paul Kroeger • Silvia Bergensen • Terry McIntosh • Thom O’Dell

Sat. 8:30-noon, meet at Myrtle Philip School ($10/$15)


TASTES! (Saturday 12:30 pm)

Wild mushrooms, yum! Taste your way through our savory cooking show with Alta Bistro’s Edward Dangerfield.

Sat. 12:30 – 2 pm, Myrtle Philip School ($20/$25)



MUSHROOM DISPLAY! (Saturday Afternoon)

Check out all the day’s finds, labelled and explained by our fantastic fungal folk. Plus a special display of mushroom-dyed wool with Silvia Bergensen.

Sat. 2:30-4:00pm, Myrtle Philip School (free)



More info: Get the lower price with your $20 Naturalists membership. Under-18s free. Cash or cheque only please.  Questions? bob@whistlerbiodiversity.ca.





Here are some photos from 2011 taken by Bob Brett.





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