Access: Getting to Lynn Headwaters

Level: Very Easy

Distance: 4 km r/t

Time: 2 h

Elevation Change: 25 m

Topographical Map: 92 G/6

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Season: Year Round

By far the easiest hike in the area is the pleasant 4 km saunter around Rice Lake. To reach the lake head up the hill to the right of the information board. Follow the directional signs to Rice Lake on the left side of the road. At the dock, pause to ask the trout fishermen about their luck and, out of curiosity, peer into the water along the pilings. Depending on the time of the year you're bound to see countless salamanders. Suspended in the water too, those tiny orange specks are, in reality, a fresh water cousin to the brine shrimp of "sea-monkey" fame. The fresh water variety are called daphnia or water fleas.

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Rose Hips

Wild Rose

This budding celebrity is popular enough to have been immortalized on license plates in four American states and one Canadian province, Alberta. Even before the Euro-invasion wild roses and their fruit, called "hips," were a mainstay in the medicine chests of nearly every nation on the continent. Whether a cure-all or just sound nutrition, rose hips are indeed generously endowed with vitamin C as well as beta-carotene, vitamins E, B and K. While rose hips are widely available as commercial herbal teas and jams, the tough outer rind can be chewed as is at trailside. Just peel and separate from the seeds, prior to chomping. Add wild rose petals to outback salad for both colour and delicate flavour.

Illustration by Manami Kimura