The brilliance of the colours is only one of the treats of hiking the trails in October. Add the cushioning of a thick layer of larch needles underfoot, a clear blue sky and the company of fellow hikers and you soon realize how fortunate we are to live in this part of the world. Twenty one members of the Elderberries, a local seniors hiking group, revelling in the joys of hiking the Lois Creek trails ventured out to the Tea Spot to check out the newly constructed shelter. Built by the College Of The Rockies student carpentry program under the direction of instructor Mark Knusgaard, the timber frame structure, devoid of screws and nails, is pieced together with dowels, wedges and mortise and tenon joints. It will be a welcome addition as a destination point at the far end of the Lois Creek trail system. Kimberley residents and visitors to town are recognizing the value of having so many trails within the City limits and beyond. Recent surveys indicate that of all the recreational facilities available in the community trails top the list in terms of usage. Many communities across North America are recognizing the bonanza that accrues from having trail systems. Ask any one of the Elderberries and they will attest to the health and social benefits of getting out and enjoying the variety of trails that Kimberley offers.