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Wetyk! Welcome to Secwepemc Territory and the Shuswap - a great big welcome to all our guests from out of town and far away. We're stoked you're here. Please stop in at the Shuswap Tourism Visitor Centres to pick up hard copies of the Shuswap Trail Guide, and enjoy those Shuswap trails! Lots in progress - thanks for your patience where things are still under construction or awaiting spring maintenance - please let us know what you think through the trail report hotline at

Be Bear Aware - lots of reports of bear on or around trails throughout the region, including two on South Canoe Trails. Remember: travel in groups, make noise to avoid surprises, carry bear spray and know how to use it, and PLEASE make your homes bear proof (eliminate smells and food sources) to prevent habituation.

Read our Bear Spray Basics Article here.

Notice of Road Closure: Scotch Creek Forest Service Road: (Posted July 7, 2016) The Scotch Creek Forest Service Road will be closed at Kilometer 9 during the week of July 18th (July 17 midnight to July 24 midnight) – no vehicle access for this period. The Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District Engineering Departmenrt are completing a capital works project during this period where the nature of work require the road to be closed.  Branch is currently coordinating / posting signs on the road system to advise of this closure. The Celista-Blueberry (FSR 0724.06) off of the Seymour Main (FSR 0652.04) is an alternate road system which can be used to access the Scotch Creek Drainage. 

The New Mt Tuam Community Bike Skills Park Trails for beginner riders are now open in Blind Bay. And new trail work is currently underway at the South Canoe Trail System, North Fork Wild, next to the new Cemetery in Salmon Arm (corner 20th St SE and Auto Road), and watch for upcoming additions at Rubberhead and Larch Hills Traverse. Plus check the events calendar for upcoming voly days.

And check out the beautiful new kiosk at South Canoe: huge huge thanks to Richard Millard who designed and built the new trialhead kiosk (its beautiful! - only the tin to add to the roof), the City of Salmon Arm who provided funding, Hinbo Construction who donated all the lumber and materials, and Veda Roberge (STA Project Manager) who is coordinating the project and laying out the final kiosk sign with the South Canoe Trail Advisory, City of Salmon Arm, and Rec Sites and Trails BC. Yay everyone - its finally happening thanks to all of you! Just a few more tweaks to that map design. . .stay tuned!


Remember to take a stick and flick debris from the trail. If you see anything of concern report it to

New Plans and Materials Registry for South Canoe Trails: Check out the new season of plans for the South Canoe Trail System plus a registry of materials needed here. Lots already done - but lots more to do. Help still needed :)

Notice of Forestry Road Construction around Blind Bay White Lake Trail to Balmoral: Final construction continues on the scheduled forestry road between White Lake and Balmoral near the Blind Bay White Lake Trail System. Trail users are asked to use extra using the trails. BC Timber Sales Forestry staff have been working with CSRD Parks, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and local trail stewards to ensure trail users are aware and stay safe. Watch for signage at key crossings near the road work. Our thanks to BCTS for their continued leadership working with us to plan and maintain the recreational trail system within the timber harvest license areas.


And if you missed this year's Shuswap Trail Alliance ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on March 2nd at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus. Check out the progress report package and slide presentation on 2015 and the 2016 season to come - report package here and slide presentation here.

Plus check out the special report on the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership through the very cool presentation assembled by our super-awesome Facebook Coordinator, D'Arcy McLeod, using photos, film footage, and the CBC Interview with STA Project Manager, Veda Roberge, and Technical Trails Specialist, Sutra Brett. Click here.

For more news and updates from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the Shuswap Trails Roundtable and Strategy, and the Sicamous-Armstrong Rail-Trail click here.


Be sure to report trail needs: enjoy trails throughout the Shuswap. And remember to report any issues you see to



The Shuswap Trails website is dedicated to helping people from around the world find their trail in the Shuswap. Whether it be by foot, by mountain bike, by horseback, or by canoe, this site will guide you towards amazing trail experiences in the sunny Shuswap.

Use our new interactive Trail map to help you find trails by their region within the Shuswap.

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  • Always go prepared and use your common sense
  • Always tell someone when and where you are going
  • Many trails are not maintained - use at your own risk
  • Many trails are accessible only by active logging roads requiring 2-way radio communication, or deactivated logging roads requiring four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles.
  • Watch for wildlife and avoid areas showing recent signs of black bears, grizzly bears and cougars.
  • Before heading out, check with local contacts to make sure the trails and roads are safe.

Tips for Safety

  • Bring applicable maps, along with a compass or GPS device.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring sufficient food and water.
  • Carry identification (including name, phone number and pertinent medical information), and record your bicycle serial number
  • Bring a portable phone or other communication device, along with pertinent phone numbers (ie. emergency numbers)
  • Travel with a partner when possible
  • Stay alert, be observant about your surroundings, avoid areas where visibility is poor, and don't wear headsets.
  • Avoid unfamiliar areas when on the trails alone and follow your intuition about unfamiliar people.
  • Trails are shared by a variety of users at the same time. Please be courteous to all users, and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. Stay to the right of the trails.
  • Cyclists should pull off the trail when stopping, give a voice, bell, or horn warning when passing others, wear helmets and ride at reasonable speeds.
  • Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or a noisemaker.
  • Where pets are allowed, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance assumes no responsibility for the safety of any persons, animals or equipment when using the trails listed in this website. Use at your own risk.


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What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Dance/Silent Auction
Fri Feb 3, 2017   7:00 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
SCARECROW is getting back together JUST FOR SALMON ARM. Don’t miss this one final farewell show on Friday February 3rd 2017.
Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
News Release July 5, 2016   Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition   The Shuswap, British Columbia - The latest project from the Shuswap District Arts Council joins forces with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to bring together over 40 participating contributors in a remarkable exploration of the Shuswap natural and cultural landscape through its diverse trail system.
Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails
Friday, May 20, 2016
News Release May 20, 2016   Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails   The Shuswap, British Columbia - It's official! The brand new CSRD Mt Tuam Community Bike Park is open in Blind Bay. The pocket park, funded and built by CSRD Parks in collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, is the perfect play spot for novice mountain bikers to practice riding on trails with a short easy green loop and a slightly more challenging but still short blue loop, plus an up trail to get you back to the start to try again.

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