Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.

Level: Moderate

Distance: 8 km

Time: 4 hr

Elevation Change: 100 m

Season: Year Round

Topographical Map: 92 G/7

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Multiple-Use: Closed to Mountain Bikes and Horses

Buntzen Lake Trail: This well-traveled trail winds around the lakeshore offering many access points for fishermen. Though somewhat long, Buntzen Lake Trail is relatively flat and well-maintained, making it ideal for a family outing. The slough at the south end of the lake is a great location for bird watching.        

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Bull kelp

Bull Kelp

Besides being edible, and delicious at that, this gigantic algae had a number of important technological uses for coastal First Nations. The stalks were spliced together to make fishing lines hundreds of metres long. Though brittle when dried the lines could be thus stored indefinitely. Soaking before use would resore pliability and strength suited to hauling halibut from the depths. The hollow stalks could be employed as water conduits as well. Bulb and wide upper stalk were employed in the kitchen as squeeze tubes and storage containers for edible oils. Salves and ointments made of deer fat and other ingredients could be poured in the bulbs as well. Upon hardening the kelp was peeled away leaving a "cake" of skin cream or sun screen

Illustration by Manami Kimura