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Sea Asparagus
This salty delicacy will be found wherever sea kayakers lurk. Carpeting the water's edge on mud flats, sheltered coves and estuaries, sea asparagus prefers limited exposure to wave action. Sea asparagus has more aliases than its segmented stems have branches, being known variously as glasswort, pickleweed, samphire and pigeon foot. In the camp kitchen sea asparagus is versatile. Stems can be munched upon as is, used to perk up salads, presented like asparagus or even collected for pickling or freezing. A British Columbia company has developed a market for sea asparagus, shipping the frozen product to upscale restaurants worldwide. Soak sea asparagus in freshwater for several hours before preparing to reduce its salinity.
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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 5675
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 7068
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8998
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 19817
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6961
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10881
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7601
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 15394
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4392
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 6180
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6561
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 13219
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 7161
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6914
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 7124
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 5250
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5332
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4971
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3750
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5846
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5751
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5828
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 6012
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 6339
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4412
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5805
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 11165
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 34659
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 25904
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11413
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 15004
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 12219
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8981
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10517
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 6300
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10930
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 8601
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 6090
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 6182
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7639
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 6085
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9535
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7721
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5740
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 6201

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