News from Lac du Bonnet Trails Association Spring 2013submitted by the Lac du Bonnet Trails Association
The Lac du Bonnet Trails Association is delighted to finally share our new trailhead sign with the public. On the morning of Sunday, May 19, a crowd gathered in the Blueberry Rock Trails parking lot to be the first to see the new sign, designed by local artist Sheldon Sveinson. Large and colourful, the sign is a welcome addition to this popular spot, with its granite rock ridges, lookout tower, and abundance of wildlife. With the installation of the new sign, the Blueberry Rock Renovation project is now complete.
Following the unveiling, participants hiked to the tower area to take in the beautiful view and enjoy hot dogs cooked over a fire.
In January 2012 our Trails Association received a Manitoba in Motion grant of $2000. Another $1000.00 was received from the Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby in June 2012. With the $3000 in grant money stain was purchased for the newly repaired tables and tower to brighten their appearance. Three signs were installed along the trail to indicate the location of the tower and parking lot. To help draw attention to the existence of the trails, four highway signs were installed on PR 313 and two more signs were added on Blueberry Rock Dr. The RM Public Works department supplied a new garbage can at the south entrance to the trail, and the garbage cans in the tower area were repaired and painted.
The Lac du Bonnet Trails Association has spent countless volunteer hours cleaning up debris, repairing, painting, brush-clearing, and monitoring the area for vandalism at the site, and welcomes visitors to come and check it out. To get to the Blueberry Rock Hiking Trails from Lac du Bonnet, go east on Hwy. #313, then drive north on Blueberry Rock Dr. for just over a kilometer. The trailhead sign and parking lot are visible from the road, on the left.
Our Trails Asssociation reluctantly bids farewell to our secretary/treasurer, Debbie Woodfine, as she leaves our group to make her new home in Winnipeg. Debbie has been an enthusiastic supporter of trails, and a tireless worker, always there to lend a hand and get the job done. All the best to you in the future Debbie, you will be missed!