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Some would say the first plant: ever! A gigantic earlier relative of the common horsetail thrived in the Carboniferous era and eventually became our present day coal deposits. Containing silica, horsetails make a natural "sandpaper." On the west coast horsetails and salmon slime were used to polish masks, canoes, bone tools and soapstone pipes. In spite of the rough texture of the stalk, the young plant heads can be eaten as asparagus.
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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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