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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 5406
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 6729
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8691
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 19072
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6721
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10604
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7313
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 14920
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4160
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 5943
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6374
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 12779
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 6848
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6714
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 6905
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 4991
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5096
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4731
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3541
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5636
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5555
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5543
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 5719
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 6068
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4200
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5417
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 10733
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 33469
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 24383
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11129
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 14771
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 11740
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8685
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10200
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 6041
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10608
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 8143
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 5810
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 5889
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7334
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 5798
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9133
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7398
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5439
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 5901

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