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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Dwarf Dogwood

Since the Dogwood is the provincial flower in British Columbia, "bunch berry," is a protected species. Following pollination and fruiting, dwarf dogwood produces a bunch of bright red berries, hence the name. Bunch berry berries are edible either raw or cooked though they are not particulary tasty. They have further been used both internally and externally to counteract natural toxins from mushrooms, poison ivy and even bee stings. Dwarf dogwood is a perennial and a perennial favourite with hikers as this low ground cover will be found along most forested footpaths on the coast. The white petal-like mane surrounding the central flower are actually specialized leaves called bracts.

Illustration by Manami Kimura