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Weytk! (Hello) 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!Buy Provigil Rx

Current Trail Conditions: Be sure to check the specific trail listing for updated postings on conditions, closures, and any other notices. But please remember - while we try to post notices that come through its a dynamic world out there and things can change quickly on the trails. Always be prepared, let others know where you are going, watch for any update signage on the trails, and report anything new to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com (or the orange Report Button above).


Those coveted tickets are back for the annual Shuswap Trail Party & Fundraiser - and they come with a brand new twist this year. The Barley Station Brew Pub in Salmon Arm is raising a toast to trails with a brand new beer made exclusively for Shuswap Trails called Trail Head IPA. It goes on sale over the next few weeks and will be featured during the February 1st event. Check out the full story here.
 
Tickets to the annual February 1st, 2019 Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser are now available exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm (Tickets $40, cash or cheque only please). Featuring the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Partico Patrick Ryley, catering by DeMilles, the Barley Station's new Trail Head IPA, bar tending by the Firehall 3 team, a fully stocked Silent Auction table, wine pull, 50/50 draw, plus more best-of-the-year photos from Shuswap Trails at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre.
 
For more info on making a donation to this year's annual fundraiser click here.

Check out the new trails built in 2018 by visiting the online trail guide (click on the Trails link above) that includes more new trails in the Shuswap Memorial Cemetery Park, South Canoe Trail System, Rubberhead, and Balmoral. And watch for new 2019 projects to come with regional partners throughout the Shuswap!

Plus theres all the new Trails Built in 2017 ready for you to explore: despite the crazy wind-flood-wind-fire-wind-snow season we had, 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 was 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):


Geo-Referenced PDF Maps: yes! - They're posted online, regularly updated, and more are getting added all the time, thanks to the spectacular 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

Hang in there. . .the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail is coming! the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District successfully concluded the purchase of the the CP Rail Corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong. Working in partnership with Splatsin and the regional municipal governments - along with 1/3rd Provincial funding support announced earlier in the spring by MLA Greg Kyllo and former Minister of Transport, Todd Stone - the corridor will be "used for recreational opportunities, including walking and cycling, while retaining it for future transportation and economic development needs. There is also long-term potetnial to connect this corridor to the Okanagan Rail Trail, which is currently under development, connecting the City of Kelowna to the District of Coldstream." (Check out the full news release here.)
 
The Shuswap Trail Alliance is pleased to continue to support the efforts of the Splatsin and local RDNO/CSRD regional and municipal governments in the next phases of planning and development. It is an unprecedented opportunity to realize what Splatsin Kupki7 (Chief) Wayne Christian and Council have described as telling the true story of this place. Much work is being done behind the scenes at the CSRD, RDNO, and Splatsin offices along with all the local inter-jurisdictional governments. The STA and other regional organizations remain poised to activate as soon as we're given the go-ahead to begin support for the next phases of community consultation, design, fundraising, and development. Check in with your local municipal and/or regional leadership for an update and to encourage them to keep things moving forward.
 
There have been inquries on how to contribute funding toward Rail-Trail development, which will be unrolled formally over the next few months - but early contributions to the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail have already been coming in. To respond, the STA has a Rail-Trail Reserve Fund in place to hold early contributions ready to transfer over, and is able to issue charitable tax receipts.
 
As well, the STA will continue to act as a liaison point with community leadership and organizations. We have been priviledged to grow relationships with the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Trails Society and Vernon's Ribbons-of-Green thanks to the Rail-Trail initaitive, as well as the NorthOkanagan Historical Society. We hope to host a joint support meeting shortly, and would welcome hearing from interested organizations that have not yet been in touch.
 
The STA has also been working behind the scenes to build relationships with inter-regional partners toward linking the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail initiative with the Central Okanagan Rail Trail and the Southern Trails-to-the-Okanagans initiative. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has also taken a proactive role in supporting this effort. We look forward to growing these relationships in 2018.
 
In the meantime, please congratulate all the Splatsin, CSRD, RDNO, Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Sicamous, and Salmon Arm leadership and staff - as well as gratitude to our tireless Provincial leadership support - for modelling respectful inter-government collaboration at its very best in the interest of more accountable, healthier, active, and economically resilient communities. Did you know, CSRD and RDNO contributions also include support from the communities of Golden and area, Revelstoke and area, Lumby and area, and Coldsteam and area? Be sure to let them know you support their remarkable collaborative efforts in this important work of acquiring, building, and maintaining the corridor as an asset for future generations.
 
And watch for further updates to come 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 the original info brief 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.
 
Also - be sure to visit the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative now open between Vernon and Kelowna for a taste of what's to come.  We're all working together to see these two new sections of Rail-Trail link up with similar trail efforts in the South Okanagan (Trails to the Okanagan and the KVR Rail Trail). Imagine: riding a bicycle from Sicamous to Osoyoos...not so crazy an idea anymore!

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2018 - support 2018 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.

Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the 2018 annual general meeting, check out the links to AGM meeting package, including new Constitution & Bylaws, and the 2017 Year End Financial Statement. And the Annual Executive Directors Progress Report.

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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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.


shopping kratom 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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Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy - Roundtable Annual Gathering
Wed Feb 13, 2019   9:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ TBD
The purpose of the Roundtable is for people to meet face-to-face, share information, build relationships, provide input and hear updates on the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy, and 'talk all things trails' in the Shuswap.
Annual Shuswap Trail Alliance Fundraiser/Dance
Fri Feb 1, 2019   6:30 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
The Annual Shuswap Trail Alliance Fundraiser/Dance is SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets and donated items and cash. YOU!! are why our Annual Fundraiser/Dance is such a success. Reserve Tables Still Available
Hot Party tickets, new ales, and Shuswap trails
Friday, December 14, 2018
News Release Updated: December 14, 2018   Hot Party tickets, new ales, and Shuswap trails   The Shuswap, British Columbia, Secwepemc Territory - Hot off the press - those coveted tickets are back for the annual Shuswap Trail Party & Fundraiser just in time for stocking stuffing over the holiday season - and they come with a brand new twist this year.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
News Release: May 17, 2018   New tech supports sustainable trail planning in the Shuswap   The Shuswap, British Columbia – Dynamic extremes in weather, water, and fires are impacting all parts of our lives. Planning for resilience and adaptation are growing concerns for trail planners considering sustainability into the future.
 

 
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