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About the Area

Wetyk! (Welcome)

Welcome to Secwepemc Territory and the Shuswap! Although travel is currently not recommended, we invite you to explore our beautiful region online and we look forward to hosting you in person when restrictions are lifted by the Provincial Health Officer.

 

We invite you to browse our website to discover the growing Shuswap Trails system (its growing and changing every month!), and encourage you to experience the Shuswap first hand by visiting our area here within the southeastern corner of Secwepemc First Nations Territory, and the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada.

To plan your complete Shuswap Trails visit, please check out the Shuswap Tourism website at shuswaptourism.ca. And check out upcoming events and programs throughout the region at shuswapculture.ca.

The Shuswap Lake region is one of the most popular recreational destinations in BC situated halfway between Calgary and Vancouver along the TransCanada Highway, and just north of the Okanagan on Highway 97. The approx. 400 km of shoreline contains many provincial parks and offers unlimited water related recreational opportunities. The region boasts over 50 rural communities in the surrounding valleys, rivers, mountains, and lakes woven with a growing greenway and blueway trail system for walking, running, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and paddling. (Check out the hard copy version of this website - the Shuswap Trails Guide, as well as the accompanying winter Nordic Trail Guide.) And a remarkable network of rural roads that make wonderful cycle touring routes (check out the Shuswap North-Okanagan Cycle Touring Guide.)

As well, the region supports a variety of off-highway (OHV) motorized travel routes including snowmobiling, motorbiking, and ATVing. (Grab a copy of the Backroads Mapbook - available in many local stores throughout the Province - for a good source of forestry road route info in the area. And be sure to check out the Sled Sicamous Trail Guide.)

This website features the non-motorized greenway and blueway trails of the region.

All of the trails in this guide are within the Traditional Territory of the Southern Secwepemc First Nation. This is the home land of the Neskonlith Indian Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band, Adams Lake Indian
Band and the Splatsin (Spallumcheen) Band. For generations these First Nations communities have preserved the abundance of wildlife and the natural beauty of this land in their pristine environment. The flora and fauna of these Shuswap First Nation lands are a photographers dream. With all that these lands have to offer, they ask that you visit, or come to stay. The First Nation communities in this region ask in return that you treat the land and the people with respect. This is their home for the short time that they are here on Mother Earth, but it is the home of their great spirit for eternity. Please respect the First Nations Territorial Lands in the Shuswap region by obeying signs where there are sensitive cultural areas. These trails are for you to enjoy today and for the future generations of tomorrow.
 
To plan your Shuswap Trails visit, please check out the full Shuswap Tourism website at shuswaptourism.ca.

 

 
What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Erosion & overpass add costs to rail trail development plan
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Splatsin Secwepemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – After a year of research, a draft development plan for the greenway rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong has identified some challenges that will require additional work and increase the total cost of the project.
Secwépemc Landmarks Project receives Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000
Monday, August 10, 2020
Secwépemc Landmarks Project receives Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000   The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Secwépemc Territory, British Columbia – The Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Secwépemc Landmarks Project, with support and in partnership with Splatsín, Adams Lake Band, the Neskonlith Band, Shuswap Tourism, the City of Salmon Arm, and the Province of British Columbia, have been awarded a Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000 under the Heritage Awareness Program.
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