TRAIL CELEBRATION - Bill Neilsen Trail Society members Joanne Day, Doug MacIsaac and TNT members Terry Dick, Shari Groot & Tammy Dick enjoyed the new picnic table at Elizabeth Lake on International Trail Day. Photo Submitted by the Bill Neilsen Trail Society

Bill Nielsen Trail Society treats trail users on International Trail Day

Bill Nielsen Trail Society celebrates at Elizabeth Lake

On June 2nd, members of the Bill Nielsen Trail Society (BNTS) trekked their way to find a trail party on Elizabeth Lake Trail to celebrate International Trail Day.

The day is an annual celebration of trails on the first Saturday of June)to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. This mantra also is coincidentally the BNTS mandate.

BNTS member, Sue MacDonald said the trail system is wonderful in Lacombe

“It is great to know folks are using them and truly appreciate that we have such great natural trails to walk, bike or run,” she said. “They love the idea of exploring new areas and are surprised at the number of kilometers of trails and just how pretty they are.”

Many additional compliments were handed out to the Trail Society and the Volunteers , who keep the trails in such great condition .

Vice-President, Diane Hayduk said, “ BNTS is keeping Bill’s Legacy alive by looking after the trails with the help of the City of Lacombe and other service groups. We are always improving and maintaining the trails for the community and visitors to enjoy.”

Thanks to Lacombe’s Element Precast Inc, BNTS were able to reveal two new picnic tables.

Element Precast Owner Tom Kentz said that the tables are leftover materials from their wall manufacturing plant.

“We try to have zero waste and this is one way to do it.” he said.

Hayduk added the benches are a fantastic addition to the trails.

“People love to picnic and when you have young kids or you feel like not sitting on the ground, it’s nice to have picnic table to make it more enjoyable.” Hayduk said. “And they don’t look like concrete but have a wood grain finish look- very cool.”

Joanne Day added “ The north end of Elizabeth Trail is most beautiful point on Elizabeth Lake. If you didn’t have time on Saturday to come down for burgers and ice cream, be sure to pack a lunch & hit the trails sometime soon. We are so Blessed.”

The society would also like to thank their sponsors: City of Lacombe, DB Bobcat, Tnt Metabolic Ignitors, and No Frills for making this a Free Event to the community.

If you are interested in joining the society or be part of the Bill’s Trail Run, the society’s major fundraiser for the trails on September 29, 2018, check out to run or volunteer.

-Submitted by BNTS

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