Vancouver Island mushrooming on the cheap. Walking is fundamental to finding new varieties, first to correctly identify, then finally to sample. Expect to spend a certain amount of time just looking for the elusive culinary delight. A few simple "tools" are required for a successful mushroom outing. First and foremost would be a cutting tool with a sharp blade that can be easily opened or closed when you are walking. Secondly is a bag or container to carry your "finds". For most of the local mushrooms I simply use the plastic grocery bags handed out by the millions by our local grocers. For some of the more fragile "shrooms" I would suggest something with more rigidity. Finally, here on the "wet" coast of British Columbia, I would suggest a good rain jacket and hat. Nothing will ruin a trip faster than being wet, cold and miserable unless of course it's not finding any "shrooms". Now to correctly identify the "catch of the day" I strongly suggest a good book that pertains to your area. Here on Vancouver Island I recommend a book called The "NEW" Savory Wild Mushroom.