Canada grows both wild (low bush) and cultivated (high bush) blueberries and blueberries are Canada's top fruit commodity by growing area and farm gate value. Blueberry acreage has expanded over the last decade with blueberry acreage experiencing sustained growth year-over-year. Wild blueberry acreage reported for 2021 was the largest in the past decade.
Blueberries are Canada’s top fruit commodity by growing area with nearly 60 percent of Canadian fruit growing area dedicated to blueberries. In 2021, 81,383 hectares were planted to blueberries, out of 138,087 hectares devoted to growing fruit.
While blueberries dominate other fruit commodities in terms of cultivated area and farm gate value, they were the third largest fruit crop produced in Canada by marketed production in 2021. Of total marketed production in 2021, blueberries accounted for 17 percent by weight, with apples at 42 percent and cranberries at 19 percent. Apples are the largest fruit crop by marketed production in Canada while blueberries and cranberries alternated as second and third largest, depending on the production year.