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Dwarf Dogwood
Since the Dogwood is the provincial flower in British Columbia, "bunch berry," is a protected species. Following pollination and fruiting, dwarf dogwood produces a bunch of bright red berries, hence the name. Bunch berry berries are edible either raw or cooked though they are not particulary tasty. They have further been used both internally and externally to counteract natural toxins from mushrooms, poison ivy and even bee stings. Dwarf dogwood is a perennial and a perennial favourite with hikers as this low ground cover will be found along most forested footpaths on the coast. The white petal-like mane surrounding the central flower are actually specialized leaves called bracts.
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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 7309
2 Garibaldi Park: Access Brian Grover 4521
3 Garibaldi Park: Garibaldi Lake Brian Grover 14787
4 Garibaldi Park: Black Tusk Brian Grover 6447
5 Garibaldi Park: Panorama Ridge Brian Grover 5705
6 Garibaldi Park: Singing Pass Loop Brian Grover 10069
7 Henrietta Lake Brian Grover 10536
8 Sunshine Coast Trail Brian Grover 7445
9 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 1: Sarah Point to Malaspina Road Brian Grover 12788
10 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 2: Malaspina Road to Powell Lake Brian Grover 6688
11 Sunshine Coast Trail Stage 3: Powell Lake to Fiddlehead Farm Brian Grover 7761
12 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 4: Fiddlehead Farm to Lois River Brian Grover 6252
13 Sunshine Coast Trail-Stage 5: Lois Dam to Saltery Bay Brian Grover 5899
14 Stein River Valley Brian Grover 6554
15 Stein River Valley-Stein Lower Canyon to Mid-Valley Brian Grover 12140
16 Nicomen Lake Brian Grover 8055
17 Juan De Fuca Marine Trail Brian Grover 12986
18 The West Coast Trail- Introduction Brian Grover 13685
19 The West Coast Trail- Day One Brian Grover 5670
20 The West Coast Trail-Day Two Brian Grover 5214
21 The West Coast Trail-Day Three Brian Grover 6378
22 The West Coast Trail-Day Four Brian Grover 4478
23 The West Coast Trail-Day Five Brian Grover 5875
24 The West Coast Trail- Day Six Brian Grover 4809
25 The Mid-Coast Trail Brian Grover 13810
26 Stein Valley Mini-Traverse Brian Grover 8554

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