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South Canoe Trail System

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 1-12 km (various loops)
Difficulty: Easy to Most Difficult
Duration: 0.5-2.5 Hours (round trip)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:

June 26, 2020 - Watch for Trucks on Metford FSR We knew this would be happening, but not quite so soon. Anyone with questions should communicate directly with Ray at Canoe Forest Products. CFP has started grinding operations on the cut blocks that were harvested in the south canoe area last winter.  By grinding the slash piles we do not have to burn them and the ground material will be put to other uses.   There will be up to 10 loads a day coming and going up the Metford Road FSR for the next two weeks. These are large B train configurations and which will be travelling slow but they do use up the entire road width.    The contractor had been informed of the high trail use in the area and drivers informed as well. If you have questions please give me a call directly. Ray Mills, RPF, Canoe Forest Products, 250-517-7608


Trail Description:

A large network of trails built and used by mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers, fat-tire mountain bikers, and local equestrian riders. 

South Canoe is a busy trail destination, with regular use by people hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and riding horses. It also provides access to the Larch Hills trail system above, as well as the Larch Hills Traverse. ATV and motorcycles use the forestry road during the summer. South Canoe is one of the main mountain biking trail systems in Salmon Arm, including trails such as the Flying Nun, PPT, Paranoia, Malibu, Upper and Lower Schizo, The Cut, Lumpy, K/C, Mo Buddah, Dirty Gerbil, and the Salty Dog circuit. The trails range in difficulty, with the easier trails below the radio tower, and the more difficult ones above. South Canoe is the home of the very popular Salty Dog 6 hour Enduro mountain bike race. It is also the west trailhead to the Larch Hills Traverse epic corss-country trail, and access for local equestrian riders who were the original creators of many of the trails. Watch for trail signs indicating which trails are mountain bike, EQ or shared. All trails are open to hikers and snowshoers, but use caution and watch for bikes and horses.

Trail Info: Lower Trail Map (shows lower trail use designations and direction arrows for uphill and downhill trails)

Temporary Update Trail Maps: Lower Malibu Trails and Upper Trails (shows overall trail designations)

New! Geo-Referenced PDF Map | Malibu Trail Map 


ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south at the Hwy 97B intersection and travel 2km, then turn left/east onto 10th Ave SE. Follow to the end where it turns to gravel and park on the left. Trail users access both the lower Malibu trails and the upper trails (Prudential, Paranoia, Katie Colin Memorial, Schizo, You May Be Right, the Cut, Lumpy, Mo'Butta, Lee's Trail, and the full Salty Dog circuit) from the trail entry in the middle of the parking lot fence. An ATV/motorcycle access onto the logging road is also available just next to the locked gate. Please do not park in front of the gate. It is used by gravel and logging trucks.


Did You Know? The South Canoe Trails are managed by volunteer stewards in partnership with the City of Salmon Arm and Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Under a Management Plan and Partnership Agreement with both the City and the Province, the Shuswap Trail Alliance supports a local Stewardship Advisory to guide maintenance, signage, and trail planning in the area, and act as a meeting point for interest groups.

For more information on the South Canoe Trail Advisory and to get involved, click here.

Sign up for regular trail updates & bulletins from the South Canoe Advisory/Shuswap Trail Alliance by sending your email to:


CAUTION: Metford road which runs through our biking/hiking area is an active logging and multi-use forestry road. Watch for motorized vehicles and logging trucks. Stay away from forestry equipment and active logging areas. Watch for bears and respect other users on trails. Make noise and control speed.


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