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Roll in a patch of stinging nettle and you'll think it's a spelling mistake. Nettle's stinging needles, as whispy as whiskers, are hollow and filled with formic acid which can cause burning, even blistering. Though aboriginal medicinal uses were various the principle technological use was as a source of hemp-like fiber for making thread and string. Stalks were picked late in the year when prickles had largely dropped off. Fibers were separated by rubbing or beating and then spun into thin threads. Those in turn could be braided to form thicker, stronger twine for weaving fine cloth, making fish nets and fishing line and, rarely, string bikinis.
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09
Feb
2007
Horseback Riding Stables E-mail
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Written by Brian Grover   
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 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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