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Gashes in the forest caused by fire, blowdown or human intrusion are quickly filled in by pioneer species such as fireweed or salal. Quick growing red alder and maple soon take over, being themselves supplanted in turn by Douglas fir once soil has stabilized. Eventually shade tolerant climax species such as western red cedar and western hemlock will come to dominate. The whole process can take centuries if not millennia. Immature fireweed plants can be cooked whole like broccoli while the young leaves can be used as salad greens. Fireweed is high in both beta-carotene and vitamin C. During pre-contact times fireweed seed fluffs found utility as pillow stuffing.
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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 5288
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 6600
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8589
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 18778
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6655
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10513
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7210
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 14747
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4088
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 5870
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6305
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 12618
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 6768
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6663
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 6838
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 4935
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5037
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4665
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3480
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5581
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5489
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5450
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 5601
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 5972
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4142
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5282
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 10582
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 33062
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 23992
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11051
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 14694
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 11627
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8586
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10073
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 5958
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10495
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 7994
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 5699
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 5765
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7259
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 5701
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9002
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7294
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5333
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 5806

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