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Sea Kayaking by bus? What a concept! All of these wilderness paddle routes are accessible using existing public transportation infrastructure. What better way to enjoy the wilderness than to reduce your impact on it? The whole gamut of trips is included: from simple one day excursions to week-long -- or longer -- expeditions.
There's only one canoeing trip included in BC Car-Free but what a trip it is! Spend a weekend, a week or even longer exploring the ring of lakes and portages collectively known as the Powell Forest Canoe Route. Best of all: reach this paddling paradise using existing transportation infrastructure.
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.
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.
These treks take over where the day hikes leave off. The Backpacking section of BC Car-Free details 9 major multi-day excursions with a number of variations. Included are three important coastal hikes along Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim and, for the first time in print anywhere, the entire Sunshine Coast Trail: all 175 km of it!
Have Bike, Will Travel. Explore ten unique landscapes by bicycle on both sides of the border in the San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands. Peddled out? Many of these rural roads can be explored on foot as well.
Car camping, without the car! Get away from the urban jungle to a secluded island. Unlike many drive-in campgrounds, these jewels are for the most part free of yahoos: perfect for chillin' on a hot summer day.
A weekend getaway differs from a day trip or a full-blown backpacking or other outback adventure in that usually participants will have to pack tents, sleeping bags, food, electric hair dryer and other necessities but they won't have to carry this camping gear very far. In the Getaways detailed below public transportation will take you almost as far as the campsite. Dragging along the gas barbecue is still out of the question.
Kayaking is not for everybody. Seniors, kids or the slightly aquaphobic may however wish to enjoy some of the natural wonders kayakers take for granted. Many of the tours outlined under Sea Kayaking could easily be reconstituted as Weekend Getaways and enjoyed from the vantage point of alternative transportation instead. A visit to Hot Springs Cove in Clayoquot Sound, for example, or to Princess Louisa Inlet and the twin rapids in that area can be exhilarating. Both places can be easily accessed through local eco-tour companies. Combine that with the hospitality and comfort of a B & B and you have a Weekend Getaway suited to nearly any taste.
The Gulf Islands are ideally suited to cycle touring and, as such, have been fully described in that section. Yet all are compatible with the concept of a walking tour as well with some caveats. Mayne, Saturna and Gabriola Islands are certainly small enough to be explored on foot over the course of a two or three day period. Tramping about Galiano Island and the Pender Islands is also pleasant but more than a simple weekend may be required to fully appreciate these bigger rural islands. Saltspring Island is by far the biggest and, depending on which of three possible ferry terminals you arrive by, may require a taxi pick up at the ferry. Many B & B owners are willing to include shuttle service in the price of the room.
Camping at Porteau Cove, Stawamus Chief or Brandywine Falls Provincial Parks could likewise turn day hikes to Marion & Phyllis Lakes, the Chief & Squaw, Cal-Cheak, or Brew Lake, into easy overnighters.
Get the low-down on ridin' high. Western and English riding opportunities in the lower mainland.
Details Orca and Gray Whale watching opportunities on the coast of British Columbia. Find out when and where to go and how to get there using existing public transportation infrastructure. You'll discover answers to that all-important why question too.
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.
Witnessing the return of the salmon touches a deep primordial cord. BC Car-Free makes it easy to be a part of this annual drama. Just hop on the bus.
Take your outdoor recreation underground with a trip to Vancouver Island's Horne Lake Caves. Guided and self-guided options are available.
Whitewater Rafting. Add a splash of the rough and tumble to your summer by joining one of these commercial rafting excursions. Both paddle rafting and motorized options are included and all are accessible using existing public transportation infrastructure.