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A veritable supermarket on a stick, cattails were once a source of sustenance as well as comfort to Pacific Northwest natives. Young shoots can be eaten as greens in the spring while young flower spikes can be roasted and eaten like cobs of corn. Young roots or rhizomes (underground stems) can be peeled and eaten as is—sashimi-style, hold the wasabi—or dried and pulverized into flour. Early settlers too discovered that cattail pollen could be harvested and added to bread or pancakes. Cattail down or fluff was collected in autumn for use as a wound dressing or for stuffing pillows and bedding. Cattail leaves found use in native basketry.
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These treks take over where the day hikes leave off. The Backpacking section of BC Car-Free details 9 major multi-day excursions with a number of variations. Included are three important coastal hikes along Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim and, for the first time in print anywhere, the entire Sunshine Coast Trail: all 175 km of it!
1 Backpacking Checklist Brian Grover 7597
2 Garibaldi Park: Access Brian Grover 4741
3 Garibaldi Park: Garibaldi Lake Brian Grover 15809
4 Garibaldi Park: Black Tusk Brian Grover 6691
5 Garibaldi Park: Panorama Ridge Brian Grover 5951
6 Garibaldi Park: Singing Pass Loop Brian Grover 10403
7 Henrietta Lake Brian Grover 11030
8 Sunshine Coast Trail Brian Grover 7821
9 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 1: Sarah Point to Malaspina Road Brian Grover 14027
10 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 2: Malaspina Road to Powell Lake Brian Grover 6997
11 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 3: Powell Lake to Fiddlehead Farm Brian Grover 8150
12 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 4: Fiddlehead Farm to Lois River Brian Grover 6601
13 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 5: Lois Dam to Saltery Bay Brian Grover 6209
14 Stein River Valley Brian Grover 6783
15 Stein River Valley-Stein Lower Canyon to Mid-Valley Brian Grover 12591
16 Nicomen Lake Brian Grover 8642
17 Juan De Fuca Marine Trail Brian Grover 13577
18 The West Coast Trail- Introduction Brian Grover 14086
19 The West Coast Trail- Day One Brian Grover 5926
20 The West Coast Trail-Day Two Brian Grover 5443
21 The West Coast Trail-Day Three Brian Grover 6688
22 The West Coast Trail-Day Four Brian Grover 4685
23 The West Coast Trail-Day Five Brian Grover 6085
24 The West Coast Trail- Day Six Brian Grover 4995
25 The Mid-Coast Trail Brian Grover 14115
26 Stein Valley Mini-Traverse Brian Grover 8933

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