A company called Equutrails offers guided horseback riding excursions at Buntzen Lake, Pacific Spirit Park near UBC and a number of other parks outside of the scope of BC Car-Free. Visit the Equutrails website for full details.

At BC Hydro's Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area riders have access to many kilometres of forested riding trails. For equestrian trails in the park see the map of Buntzen Lake Hiking Trails. While most trails are ideal for novices, experienced riders will enjoy the challenge of Lake View Trail, portions of which are steep, narrow and rough.

Buntzen Lake is easy to get to from downtown Vancouver though time consuming. See Appendix: Getting to Buntzen Lake for transit details.

Other riding options in the Lower Mainland:

 Stables  Location  Style  Notes
Back in the Saddle Again Langley, BC Western Adjacent to Campbell Valley Park
 Semiahmoo Stables  Surrey, BC  English  Lessons available

 

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Salal

Salal

Though not a popular trail-side snack in modern times, salal berries are not only edible, they are quite tasty. Perhaps the "hairiness" of the berries or the grainy texture imparted by their many, tiny seeds is a turnoff to jaded modern palettes. Being plentiful throughout the coast, salal berries were an important component of pre-European diets hereabouts. Aboriginal groups generally consumed salal berries directly from the bush or processed them into a kind of fruit leather for storage. These cakes were then reconstituted with water and served mixed with the omnipresent oolichan grease. An acquired taste, no doubt. The deep purple colouring of the berries found use in dying baskets. Salal berries are presently used primarily in jams and pies. The bright, leathery foliage is commercially harvested for use in floral displays world-wide.

Illustration by Manami Kimura