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" ...an indispensable resource for exploring the wild parts of Canada's westernmost province via public transport. "
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Vanilla Leaf
While modern adventurers smear their skin with toxic chemicals to keep pesky bugs at bay, natives of the Pacific Northwest took a less carcinogous approach. The fresh-squeezed juice of common Vanilla Leaf was applied to fend off mosquitos and black flies. Dried leaves, smelling faintly of vanilla, were hung in bunches about the longhouse for the same purpose. A potion of boiled Vanilla Leaf was used to wash bedding to eliminate bed bugs and mites and as a hair treatment to fend off lice and fleas. Look for Vanilla Leaf at trailside in heavy forest wherever moisture accumulates.
Illustration by Manami Kimura
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Bird Watching
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Though not a birding guide, per se, BC Car-Free includes a number of natural events that no one should miss. Of course, all are accessible by public transportation. For borderline birders, a birding checklist is included.

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A red-tailed hawk patrols the salt marshes of Boundary Bay in search of ripe rodent.
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1 Bird Watching Brian Grover 3742
2 Snow Geese Brian Grover 9322
3 Snowy Owls Brian Grover 4779
4 Sandpipers Brian Grover 3798
5 Bald Eagles Brian Grover 4295
6 Brant Festival Brian Grover 4526
7 BC Birding Checklist Brian Grover 3263
 

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