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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!


Just in time for your Christmas Stockings - the Annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser Tickets are ON SALE NOW - yay! (Feb 2nd, 2018, at the Salmon Arm Rec Centre - featuring the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Patrick Ryley, loads of appies, cash bar, Barley Station brews, local wines, silent auction, and Best-of-2017 Shuswap Trails photo footage. Tickets: $35.) Get the details here.

New Trails Built in 2017 ready for you to explore: despite the crazy wind-flood-wind-fire-wind-snow season we had this year, trail stewards, volunteers, munipcal/regional/and provincial community partners, funding supporters, clubs, school groups, business teams, Rapattack, the STA trail team, and so many others worked very, very hard in 2017. The result is an incredible 10 new trails added (yes 10!), totalling over 12,000 metres. Check out the links below (and be sure to explore the hot new geo-referenced pdf map links c/o CSRD GIS department):

NEW! Geo-Referenced PDF Maps: yes! - They've arrived, and more are getting added all the time, thanks to the spectacular new partnership with the great folks at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District GIS Department. As part of the Shuswap Tourism and Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable partnership agreements, the CSRD GIS office has taken on acting as the central hub for all final master trail mapping GIS files. That means as we all work together throughout the Shuswap to develop trails and map changes it will all be coordinated in one place and updated to the online Shuswap Trails website guide. You will see the new Geo-Referenced PDF maps as links in the body of each trail description posted here. Not all trails have new maps, but many do, and more are getting created, updated, and added all the time. So be sure to keep checking back. Maps can be printed, or uploaded into mobile apps like Avenzas PDF Maps, which let these pdf's function as a base map with your phone's gps system. Our sincere thanks to all the talented, passionate, and committed GIS folks at the CSRD. And special thanks, also, to the new Salmon Arm MRDT Hotel Tax funding that is also supporting this initiative. Thank you all!


Trail Notices: check www.shuswaptrails.com for update notices on trail conditions throughout the region. But please remember - while we make every effort to keep info postings up-to-date there's lots going on so we may have missed something. Let us know through the trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline. Other good sources of current trail info online include the Shuswap Bike Club website at www.shuswapbike.com, Larch Hills Nordic at www.skilarchhills.ca, and trail sites like our good friends at www.trailforks.com
 
Dec 4 2017: South Canoe Trails - watch for logging near the upper South Canoe Trails starting Dec 11th for about 4 weeks. Stay out of active cut blocks, watch for trucks when crossing the main forestry road, and keep the entrance gate of the parking area clear to traffic. Thanks everyone - stay safe out on our winter trails! 
 
Dec 1 2017: Balmoral Trail System - upper north trail link to Blind Bay Lookout route is still compromised following logging due to forestry road decommission. Reroute plans are ready and getting reviewed for approval and construction this spring. In the meantime, watch for temporary signs and pick your way carefully through the decommissioned road section. Watch for upgrades to come. And thanks for your patience.
 
Nov 2017: All Trails - Wind Blowdown - while most trails have been cleared of blowdown from the wind storms this year, some still remains. Please be flexible in your planning, and be sure to report windfall to the TrailReport hotline at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com. Thanks for your patience.
 
June 2017: Margaret Falls trail was seriously damaged during the recent flooding and has been closed by BC Parks until repairs are completed. Watch for further updates to come. UPDATE NOTE: Winter 2017 - closure continues.

The Shuswap-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail UPDATE: GOOD NEWS! Public assent was achieved to purchase sections of the abandoned Canadian Pacific Rail corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) have both successfully concluded an Alternative Approval Process (AAP), providing them with the necessary public assent to borrow for the purchase of sections of the CP Rail Corridor property between Sicamous and Armstrong, excluding a number of sections owned by the Splatsin.    

The AAP required that 10 percent of eligible voters formally indicate their opposition, by signature, in order for the process to fail without proceeding to referendum. In CSRD, 2,918 eligible voters would have had to indicate their opposition to reach 10 percent, and only 141 valid petitions were received. In RDNO, 1,658 signatures were required to achieve 10 percent opposition, and only 91 valid petitions were received.  
 
In partnership with Splatsin and their segments of the CP rail corridor, this proposed land acquisition is intended to ensure public ownership of a key linear corridor to be used for recreational opportunities, including walking and cycling, while retaining the corridor for future transportation and economic development needs. There is also long-term potential to connect this corridor to the Okanagan Rail Trail, which is currently under development and connects the City of Kelowna to the District of Coldstream. For the full news release click here.
 
And watch for further updates to come this fall as leadership throughout the region work together to establish this unprecedented recreational greenway trail for the Shuswap. A Q&A information sheet on the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Corridor Acquisition and the Alternate Approval Process is available through the CSRD (view the CSRD FAQ here) and the Regional District of North Okanagan (view the RDNO FAQ here). For an overview of the Rail-Trail vision, including the link with the Central and South Okanagan Rail-Trail initiatives, check out the presentation here. And be sure to let your local leadership know you support them in this important work of acquiring, building, and maintaining the corridor as an asset for future generations.

Stuck finding a present for Canada's 150 Birthday??  Why not make a lasting contribution to supporting and maintaining Shuswap Trails...contribute to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund. Unlike our regular donations, the Legacy Fund builds an endowment trust fund for the future care of trails throughout the Shuswap in partnership with the Shuswap Community Foundation. It's our way of saying Happy Birthday Canada - by remembering we've got another 150 years to make sure we take better care of everything! The goal is to invest $150,000 in the fund for Canada's 150th, so consider becoming a Canada 150 Super Trail Blazer with a contribution of $1000 or more. Click here.

Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the meeting, check out the report package and slide presentation.

Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser Thank You - a huge huge thank you, again, to everyone who made the February Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser such a success. $37,000 raised to kick off our 12th year working together to create, care-for, and promote trails throughout the Shuswap. The annual February event builds critical funding to support Shuswap Trail projects throughout the region. Check out this year's sponsors here and be sure to give them some love when you see them!


Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2017 - support 2017 trail projects with a membership. Get the mail-in member form here, or join online here.

 
Book the TrailRider - visit the Shuswap TrailRider Adaptive Adventure Society for details.

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

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

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Welcome

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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Caution!

  • 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?
Annual Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser
Fri Feb 2, 2018   6:30 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
Hot off the press and ready for your Christmas Stockings - the Annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser Tickets are ON SALE NOW - yay! Come out and kick up your heels with The Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Patrick Ryley, loads of appies, Barley Station Brews, local wines, a kickin' silent auction table, and lots of good trail karma. Ticket price: $35. On sale exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski. (Cash & Cheque Only)
Shuswap Trails Roundtable continues to model community collaboration
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
News Release: December 05, 2017   Shuswap Trails Roundtable continues to model community collaboration   The Shuswap, British Columbia – The Shuswap’s reputation for working together despite seeming odds and limited resources continues to grow with the latest gathering of the Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable last Wednesday hosted in Chase.
Local trail legend, Connie Harris Crowley, awarded Senate 150th Commemorative Medal
Monday, November 27, 2017
News Release: November 27, 2017 Local trail legend, Connie Harris Crowley, awarded Senate 150th Commemorative Medal for her work as a Canadian trail builder The Shuswap, British Columbia - Please join us in congratulating Shuswap Trails legend, Connie Harris Crowley, who has been recognized for her work as a Canadian trail builder by Senator Nancy Greene Raine with a Senate 150th Commemorative Medal.
 

 
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