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Labrador Tea
Forgot the tea bags and dying for a cuppa? Look around the camp. Chances are your drippy socks are draped over a Labrador tea bush. Steep the leaves, but not the socks, in boiled water for a tea that was enjoyed by more North American Indians than any other kind. Don't actually boil the leaves however as boiling releases a chemical called ledol which has a number of unpleasant side effects. Pregnant women should avoid Labrador tea altogether. As a mild narcotic, Labrador tea was also an essential ingredient in kinnikinnik, a tobacco-less smoking mixture used by native groups throughout much of North America.
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2007
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Buntzen Lake: Diez Vistas Trail E-mail
(11 - user rating)
Written by Brian Grover   
Access: Click for details on Getting to Buntzen Lake.
Level: Challenging
Distance: 7 km
Time: 6 hr
Elevation Change: 460 m
Season: April - November
Map: 92 G/7
Multiple-Use: Closed to Mountain Bikes and Horses

As the name suggests you'll encounter ten viewpoints as you follow this trail along the ridgeline from South Beach to North Beach. On a clear day you'll be rewarded with great views of Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet and Vancouver beyond.

Rainforest Ferns find hospitable habitat in the thick mossy growth of a maple tree.
Rainforest Ferns

The trail is a bit rough in some areas. Return to South Beach via the Powerhouse Road or the Buntzen Lake Trail. Be sure to check out the intake tunnel at North Beach that drops water from neighboring Coquitlam Lake into the Buntzen Reservoir.

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