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Weytk! (Hello). . .Welcome to Secwepemc Territory and Shuswap Trails

Although travel is currently limited, we invite you to explore our beautiful region online. We look forward to hosting you in person as restrictions are lifted by the Provincial Health Officer.

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 Shuswap.


COVID-19 Trail Update 

We support our community's safe and responsible use of trails while we are social-distancing and following health guidelines. If you choose to do so, DO:

  • Hike/Ride/Explore on your own (tell someone where you're going) or with people you live with in your friends & family bubbles
  • Keep at least 2m/6ft away from anyone not in your household - this includes taking seperate vehicles if necessary
  • Check in with yourself and friends you plan to meet for any symptoms 
  • Use trails in your home community
  • Make smart and conservative choices on the trails - now is not the time to push your limits and risk getting hurt
  • Wash your hands when you get home
  • Be responsible and show the community you care! 

Spring is here on the trails - As you recreate safely in small groups, enjoying spring, keep in mind there will be many trees down across all trail networks.Please try to minimise trail damage and avoid using trails which are soft and give the trails a chance to dry out. Winter has brought heavy snow loads and wind. The trails have a lot of blow down and could possess potential hazard! The Shuswap Trail Alliance trail crew has started their work with the CSRD and the City of Salmon Arm and other regional partners and volunteers clearing trails. Please report any trail damage, Danger Trees as well as trees blocking trails to the trail report. These reports help a lot.

And if you're interested in helping out by setting out on your own personal or family/friends bubble volunteer adventure to help clean, clear, fix, or finish a local trail, give us a shout. We'll get you set up and ensure the local trail managers know, too.
 
Email trailreport@shuswaptrails.com. We also check the trail reports on the Trailforks app at https://www.trailforks.com/

The Shuswap-North Okanagan Rail Trail between Sicamous and Armstrong is moving forward! 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 of the rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong. It is an unprecedented opportunity to realize what Splatsin Kupki7 (Chief) Wayne Christian and Council have described as telling the true story of the area.

Technical designs will be completed this summer, and capital fundraising is underway to start construction as soon as possible. Consider making a charitable tax-recieptable donation to the Rail Trail Capital Campaign today. Visit www.shuswapnorthokanaganrailtrail.ca.
 
The STA is the 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.
 
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 and linking the trails.
 
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 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. 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 send support to the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative working on the Rail-Trail between Vernon and Kelowna.  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!

Geo-Referenced PDF Maps: Thanks to the spectacular partnership with the great folks at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District GIS Department, many Shuswap Trail listings have geo-referenced pdf maps you can print out just like normal maps, or use uploaded to your smart phone for navigation in the field. 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 Geo-Referenced PDF maps as links in the body of each trail description posted here. Not all trails have 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 Salmon Arm MRDT Hotel Tax funding that also supports 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

2019 Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the 2019 AGM check out these links to the 2019 AGM Meeting Package (including 2018 Financial Statements), Annual Executive Directors Report, and the Presentation Slides chock full of photos from trail projects in 2018.

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2020 - support 2020 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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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.

Respect

 
What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail technical planning proceeds
Friday, May 15, 2020
Media Release: May 15, 2020 Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail technical planning proceeds The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Splatsin Secwepemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, technical planning for the new rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong has moved ahead over the past two months.
Rail Trail restrictions to address unauthorized motorized use
Monday, May 11, 2020
Media Release: May 11, 2020   Rail Trail restrictions to address unauthorized motorized use   The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Splatsin Secwepemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – Sunny days are seeing more people heading outside on local trails as a recreational option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

 
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