Found in wet woods, stream banks, swamps or bogs, wild cranberries favour the wetter environments of the Fraser Valley. This ground-based bush prefers to grow horizontally and bears oval-shaped leaves. Cranberries appear in late summer and stay well into the frosts of winter. These hardy plants are mainly located in the areas around the middle Fraser, especially at the confluence of the Harrison River and the Fraser River. Cranberries can be prepared by boiling, storing as berry cakes or, in the past, the raw berry could be packed in damp moss to be stored.