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No, not a place where off-duty satanists hang out. Devil's club is a member of the ginseng family and as such is said to have curative powers for several afflictions. Commonly associated with the word "ouch!" this thorny understory shrub can otherwise be identified by large limp, maple-shaped leaves and a cluster of red berries. In coastal British Columbia devil's club was traditionally used to provide relief from arthritis and rheumatism. As a wilderness food source, young stems of the devil's club can be cooked as greens while the roots can be peeled, rinsed and chewed raw. Devil's club bark was once mixed with various kinds of berries and boiled to make purplish dye for native basketry.
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06
Feb
2007
Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail E-mail
(24 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: See Introduction
Level: Easy
Distance: 4 km
Time: 1½ hr
Elevation Change: 50 m
Map: 92 G/6
Season: Year Round

Aim for the Snug Cove Picnic Area at the head of the bay upon reaching shore. Access is just up Government Road on the left, behind a number of small shops.

Ferry rounding Dorman Point as it enters Snug Cove out of a fog bank
Ferry from Horsehoe Bay to Bowen Island

Dorman Point Trail continues past the picnic tables leading steeply up to a rocky bluff just 2 km away. Whytecliffe Park directly across on the mainland and the University Endowment Lands in the distance should be visible when weather conditions allow. Return the same way you came or take Robinson Road and Dorman Road to add some variation to the walk.

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