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Skunk Cabbage
Though not in themselves palatable, skunk cabbage leaves had a zillion uses around the aboriginal kitchen. The unusually large leaves were ideal for lining and covering containers, lining steam pits, making fruit leather and sun drying seafood. Bears are known to bung themselves up by ingesting copious quantities of mud just prior to settling in for that long winter nap. Come springtime they seek out the laxative properties of skunk cabbage to -- stand back -- flush the system.
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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 5543
2 Lighthouse Park Brian Grover 6907
3 Capilano Canyon Brian Grover 8841
4 Bowen Island: Dorman Point Trail Brian Grover 19449
5 Bowen Island: Intro and Access Brian Grover 6853
6 Bowen Island: Killarney Lake Brian Grover 10749
7 Buntzen Lake: Lindsay Lake Loop Brian Grover 7457
8 Bowen Island: Mount Gardner Trail Brian Grover 15165
9 Buntzen Lake: Energy Trail Brian Grover 4281
10 Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 6052
11 Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail Brian Grover 6469
12 Gambier Island: Gambier Lake Brian Grover 13023
13 Gambier Island: West Bay Amble Brian Grover 7008
14 Buntzen Lake: Swan Falls Loop Brian Grover 6812
15 Buntzen Lake: Dilly Dally Loop Brian Grover 7022
16 Buntzen Lake: Lakeview Trail Brian Grover 5120
17 Buntzen Lake: Academy Trail Brian Grover 5208
18 Old Buntzen Lake Trail Brian Grover 4850
19 Buntzen Lake: Miscellaneous Brian Grover 3643
20 Lynn Headwaters: Access & Map Brian Grover 5745
21 Rice Lake Brian Grover 5660
22 Lynn Loop Brian Grover 5667
23 Norvan Falls Brian Grover 5863
24 Lynn Headwaters and Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 6188
25 Lynn Peak Brian Grover 4313
26 Mosquito Creek Brian Grover 5609
27 Mount Fromme Brian Grover 10965
28 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail Brian Grover 34023
29 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail: Horseshoe Bay to Cypress Provincial Park Brian Grover 25145
30 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Cypress Provincial Park to British Properties Brian Grover 11271
31 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:British Properties to Grouse Mountain Brian Grover 14894
32 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley Road Brian Grover 11988
33 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Lynn Canyon to Hyannis Drive Brian Grover 8837
34 Baden-Powell Centennial Trail:Hyannis Drive to Deep Cove Brian Grover 10356
35 Deeks Bluffs Trail Brian Grover 6175
36 Deeks Lake Trail Brian Grover 10796
37 Phyllis Creek Brian Grover 8376
38 Mount Capilano Brian Grover 5957
39 Petgill Lake Brian Grover 6048
40 The Chief & Squaw Brian Grover 7488
41 Shannon Falls Brian Grover 5938
42 Cal-Cheak Trail Brian Grover 9354
43 Brew Lake Brian Grover 7568
44 Wedgemount Lake Brian Grover 5604
45 Buntzen Lake Introduction Brian Grover 6022

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