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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Comman Plaintain

Common Plantain

What drives the home gardener mad is good news for the outback-bound as common plantain is common indeed. Young leaves can be eaten as is like lettuce while the more mature ones benefit from steaming or boiling like kale or spinach. Chop and season before eating. Common plantain is a good trail-side source of vitamins C, A and K. Much like aloe, a poultice of crushed plantain leaves is said to be a beneficial treatment for burns and insect stings.

Illustration by Manami Kimura