Two Albertans received recognition awards at the Alberta TrailNet Society Annual General Meeting in June 2018. One of the recipients was Danny Smyl, of St. Paul.
Smyl was the first time recipient of the Trail Tracker Award for his work as a founder and continuing supporter of Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail in Northeast Alberta and the development of the Trans Canadian Snowmobile Trail, as well as for obtaining funds for the rebuilding of the Beaver River trestle bridge on that trail.
The other recipient, Wayne Marshall, of Calgary, received the annual Trail Blazer Award for his volunteer work in mobilizing volunteers to rebuild The Great Divide Trail that runs from Waterton National Park in the south to Kakwa Provincial Park in the north.
“These individuals have made significant contributions and demonstrated long-standing commitment to and involvement in trail planning and development in Alberta,” said Ross Hayes, TrailNet’s board president.
“These trails are important locally, regionally and nationally as sections of Trans Canada Trail’s ‘The Great Trail.’ They provide opportunities for recreation and tourism, support active living and community development, and offer alternative transportation choices.”