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Though not a popular trail-side snack in modern times, salal berries are not only edible, they are quite tasty. Perhaps the "hairiness" of the berries or the grainy texture imparted by their many, tiny seeds is a turnoff to jaded modern palettes. Being plentiful throughout the coast, salal berries were an important component of pre-European diets hereabouts. Aboriginal groups generally consumed salal berries directly from the bush or processed them into a kind of fruit leather for storage. These cakes were then reconstituted with water and served mixed with the omnipresent oolichan grease. An acquired taste, no doubt. The deep purple colouring of the berries found use in dying bakets. Salal berries are presently used primarily in jams and pies. The bright, leathery foliage is commercially harvested for use in floral displays world-wide.
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For the day hiker with bus fare you'll find a double dozen destinations in coastal British Columbia. The Day Hiking section features a range of levels from easy to demanding in both urban and wilderness settings. The hikes featured in BC Car-Free: Exploring Southwestern British Columbia Without a Car are as close as North Vancouver and as far away as the Whistler - Squamish corridor and the Gulf Islands.

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Lighthouse Park with Mount Gardner on Bowen Island in the background bristling with telecommunications hardware.
Lighthouse Park with Mount Gardner on Bowen Island in background.

Novices will appreciate the handy hiking checklist that opens the hiking section. Complete bus and ferry schedule information is included, making BC Car-Free an ideal resource for newcomers and visitors from out-of-town who want to sample some of British Columbia's legendary wilderness.

1 Hiking Checklist Brian Grover 5598
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 6968
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8890
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 19615
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6896
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10805
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7516
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 15259
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4324
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 6095
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6502
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 13097
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 7080
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6860
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 7055
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 5166
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5254
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4892
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3678
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5785
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5696
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5732
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 5909
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 6239
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4352
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5681
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 11038
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 34277
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 25436
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11333
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 14941
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 12087
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8901
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10429
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 6229
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10860
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 8464
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 6012
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 6104
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7555
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 5989
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9432
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7625
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5652
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 6085

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