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Hiking
Backpacking
Cycle Touring
Weekend Getaways
Horseback Riding
Whale Watching
Bird Watching
Salmon Watching
Cave Exploring
River Rafting
Sea Kayaking
Canoeing
Appendix: Getting There
Ramblings
Seasons in the Sun
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The Critic's Voice
" Whether you're just doing your part for the environment or you simply can't afford it, many people are going without the luxury of automobiles. "
BCAA's Westworld Magazine 2001 Top Travel Books
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Fireweed
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.
Illustration by Manami Kimura
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Hiking
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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 5672
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 7063
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8994
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 19809
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6958
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10879
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7599
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 15387
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4391
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 6175
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6558
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 13213
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 7157
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6911
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 7122
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 5245
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5329
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4967
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3744
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5844
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5746
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5821
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 6006
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 6335
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4409
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5795
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 11160
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 34646
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 25889
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11412
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 15002
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 12215
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8979
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10515
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 6296
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10927
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 8597
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 6089
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 6178
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7634
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 6080
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9530
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7718
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5734
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 6200
 

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