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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 7639
2 Garibaldi Park: Access Brian Grover 4784
3 Garibaldi Park: Garibaldi Lake Brian Grover 16024
4 Garibaldi Park: Black Tusk Brian Grover 6739
5 Garibaldi Park: Panorama Ridge Brian Grover 5995
6 Garibaldi Park: Singing Pass Loop Brian Grover 10485
7 Henrietta Lake Brian Grover 11123
8 Sunshine Coast Trail Brian Grover 7893
9 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 1: Sarah Point to Malaspina Road Brian Grover 14185
10 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 2: Malaspina Road to Powell Lake Brian Grover 7035
11 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 3: Powell Lake to Fiddlehead Farm Brian Grover 8197
12 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 4: Fiddlehead Farm to Lois River Brian Grover 6644
13 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 5: Lois Dam to Saltery Bay Brian Grover 6237
14 Stein River Valley Brian Grover 6821
15 Stein River Valley-Stein Lower Canyon to Mid-Valley Brian Grover 12669
16 Nicomen Lake Brian Grover 8745
17 Juan De Fuca Marine Trail Brian Grover 13651
18 The West Coast Trail- Introduction Brian Grover 14154
19 The West Coast Trail- Day One Brian Grover 5967
20 The West Coast Trail-Day Two Brian Grover 5472
21 The West Coast Trail-Day Three Brian Grover 6735
22 The West Coast Trail-Day Four Brian Grover 4725
23 The West Coast Trail-Day Five Brian Grover 6118
24 The West Coast Trail- Day Six Brian Grover 5025
25 The Mid-Coast Trail Brian Grover 14180
26 Stein Valley Mini-Traverse Brian Grover 9005

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