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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Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf

While modern adventurers smear their skin with toxic chemicals to keep pesky bugs at bay, natives of the Pacific Northwest took a less carcinogous approach. The fresh-squeezed juice of common Vanilla Leaf was applied to fend off mosquitos and black flies. Dried leaves, smelling faintly of vanilla, were hung in bunches about the longhouse for the same purpose. A potion of boiled Vanilla Leaf was used to wash bedding to eliminate bed bugs and mites and as a hair treatment to fend off lice and fleas. Look for Vanilla Leaf at trailside in heavy forest wherever moisture accumulates.

Illustration by Manami Kimura