L to R – Dwight Weeks – Canfor Planning Coordinator, Dwayne Buchholtz – PVSR Director/Stakeholder Liaison and Melonie Zaichkowsky – Canfor Forestry Superintendent.
Peace Valley Snow Riders
Canfor Sponsors Hines Creek Snowmobile Trail
Canadian Forest Products Ltd. has provided a much needed boost to the Peace Valley Snow Riders by committing to sponsor the Club’s 4th trail for the next 5 years. The Hines Creek Trail staging area located in the Village of Hines Creek has had signage added advising of this sponsorship and in conjunction with naming rights to the trail, it will now be known as the Canfor Hines Creek Trail.
This is not the first time that Canadian Forest Products Ltd. has supported the Club. In October of 2017 a $10,000 donation was provided towards the development of the trail as well as providing approval for a crossing of their P-100 road. In 2012, Canfor was also supportive in allowing use of their private road to access the west end staging area for the Smith Mills Trail located near Stoney Lake to the north of Hines Creek.
What is most unique about Canfor providing their support for this sponsorship is that the Club is in the midst of seeking an alternate route for a portion of the trail in the private land area near the Village. Just prior to opening the completed trail in late 2018, the Club was made aware that a large portion of the private land had changed ownership and when the new corporate owner was approached for permission, they denied access. As you can appreciate, the Club was devastated by this decision. Thanks to the diligent work of Jamey Bettenson, a local Club member, and the support of landowners closely associated with the area, the Club has recently received indication that others are willing to allow the trail to cross their lands. As it is likely that the Club will continue to receive support as the approval process continues, it is expect that the alternate route will be in place prior to the start of winter. The Club is especially thankful for the trust demonstrated by Canfor in committing to the sponsorship while work on the alternate route is still outstanding. The Club is more than honored to display the Canfor name in association with the Hines Creek Trail.
The Peace Valley Snow Riders is a member Club of the Alberta Snowmobile Association. Annual Trail Passes can be purchased on line at http://albertasnowmobile.ca/ or from local snowmobile dealers in Peace River and Hines Creek. Those seeking additional information on the Club or the trails it operates in the Peace River area can visit the Club Facebook page, website at https://peacevalleysnowriders.com/ or contact Club member Francois Allard – Director/Publicity at email@example.com or cell 780-618-7773. As the Club will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary in October, details as to the celebrations will be available early this fall. Please plan to join us!!
NEED LED LIGHTS?
The Village of Hines Creek has the following for sale:
Factory Direct Lighting
8 boxes of (4) LED 2 x 4 Panel Lights
4 boxes of (4) LED 1 x4 Panel Lights
Give us a call at the Village Office if your interested 780-494-3690.
The Village of Hines Creek is a friendly small northern Alberta community with a population of approximately 396 people who are mostly involved in forestry, agriculture, and the oil industries.
It was settled in the mid 1800s as a lucrative trapping area for settlers who traded with the North West Company along the Peace River.
The name of the community can be traced to an early fur buyer, Jack Hines. Hines was greatly respected by the local First Nations population, who named two creeks in his honour. The primary creek was named the Hines, and its tributary was named Jack Creek. Originally located three miles south-east of its present site on the old Fort St. John Trail, the arrival of the railroad determined the final location of Hines Creek. In 1930, the store and post office were moved to the present location near the railway tracks. The name of Hines Creek was retained.
The Hamlet of Hines Creek was incorporated as a Village in 1952.
Hines Creek is known as the “End of Steel” – because it was historically the furthest point north and west that the Canadian National Railway extended to across the vast prairies. The Village erected the world’s largest spike in 1992, measuring 13 feet high and 15 inches wide, developing “Spike Park”.