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Oct 8, 2017: re Eagle Pass Lookout - The Shuswap Trail Alliance has been asked to comment on the recent media publicity on the Eagle Pass Lookout, built by a local group in Sicamous. Up until now, we have not been involved in this project due to the Provincial review, but do want to confirm the Shuswap Trail Alliance supports a working solution with the local group along with regional and provincial leadership to complete and manage the site. The Shuswap Trail Alliance was created as a resource available to support collaborative initiatives like this and would welcome the opportunity. We have been in touch with local and provincial leadership to confirm the STA's willingness to support the process. Please note: at no time has the STA advocated removal of the lookout, and is in fact, working with local trail stewards and the Provincial Recreation Sites and Trails BC officers on an inventory of the existing trails to develop an improved recreational trail plan for the area. The historic fire lookout is an important part of that planning, and we hope to be able to integrate it into the final upgrade plans ready for review and submission for approvals in the coming year. (See the full comment here.)

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 RDN O, 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 annual general meeting, check out the report package and slide presentation.


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.

Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy & Shuswap Trails Roundtable Updates - check out the latest news and updates here.

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

Plus we're continuing to grow the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership Check out the recent news release, and also check the very cool presentation on the 2015 visit assembled by our super-awesome Facebook Coordinator, D'Arcy McLeod, using photos, film footage, and the CBC Interview with STA Project Manager, Veda Roberge, and Technical Trails Specialist, Sutra Brett. Click here.

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!

Shuswap-North Okanagan Rail Trail concept needs your support! Send your expressions of support to regional leadership.

  • Check out the latest news regarding Splatsin's successful negotiations with CP Rail here.

  • Check out the info brief here.

  • Additional background information from CP Rail here.

  • A sample email/letter of Expression of Support including key contact names and email addresses here.

  • And be sure to also send support to the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative working on securing the abandoned CN line to the South.


The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working to park cars and get people on bicycle and feet. . .and paddles, and skis, and snowshoes, and horses, and. . .

The Shuswap Trail Alliance exists as a collaboration of partners working together to create purpose built, sanctioned and sustainable trails throughout the Shuswap region. The Alliance motto is, "Well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained, well-promoted". We see success as people living actively, enjoying nature, and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

12 Successful Years

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has taken on over 270 projects in the past twelve years, and written or contributed to 80 community trail plans, publications, guidelines, research reports and public documents. It’s a team effort that has engaged over 200 groups, organizations and businesses; and involves 1000's of hours of volunteer time and the incredible support of a host of regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:

  • Over 270 greenway trail projects valued at more than $2.11 million in amenity assets
  • 80 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
  • 11 signature trail systems, 100 regional trails, 9 major upgrades, over 1100 signs, and 5500 route blazes
  • Totalling over 110 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
  •  6 major stewardship plans, 10 adaptive environmental plans, 1 strategic business plan
  • Creation of the environmental adaptive trail monitoring program (T.E.S.T.)
  • A facilitated community-development model for collaboration (being copied by others)
  • Development of accountable working protocols with Secwepemc Nation leadership
  • Research and development of regional trail, sign, and environmental design standards
  • Collaboration with Shuswap Tourism  on destination marketing and development
  • Unprecedented provincial attention as an emerging leader in regional development
  • Leveraged National and International film and magazine media exposure for the region
  • Over $2,250,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout nine regional communities,
  • including over $240,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Plus an additional matching $1,930,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the regional Trail Stewardship Program and trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline
  • More than 270 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling 18,000 hours valued at over $300,000
  • Assembled equipment valued at over $40,000 to support future volunteer trail work
  • Local employment and work experience training for over 100 people since 2006
  • Over 200 local business sponsors (includes 30 milestone partners donating over $10,000+ each)
  • Establishment of www.shuswaptrails.com as the regional online trails guide
  • Sixth edition printing of the Shuswap Trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
  • Support for the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation, TrailRider, and Trail Mix Art programs
  • And leadership support for experiential eco-tourism, ecological education, active transportation, recreation, and healthy community planning

The Shuswap Trail Alliance was recognized as the 2012 BC Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year, and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.

Check out Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo's recent official statement to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia acknowledging the collective work of Shuswap Trail Alliance partners here.

Partners and Sponsors

The Shuswap Trail Alliance acknowledges the Milestone contributions ($10,000 or more) of Western Economic Diversification Canada, Services Canada, the National Trail Coalition Federal Trail Fund, the Province of British Columbia including Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Areas C, D, E, & F, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, North Okanagan Regional District Area F, the City of Enderby, the Village of Chase, Shuswap Tourism, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Community Futures Shuswap, Thompson Rivers University, the Shuswap Community Foundation, BC Healthy Communities, Shuswap Lady Striders, Backcountry Horsemen of BC, Mountain Equipment Coop, BC Parks Community Legacy Fund, over 200 regional businesses including Skookum Cycle and Ski, Waterways Houseboats, Twin Anchors Houseboats, Lakeside Insurance, EZ Rock Radio, the Salmon Arm Observer, Stella-Jones, and Tim Hortons, and the 100s of individuals and volunteers from around the Shuswap who are helping to make our communities healthier places to live. 

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What's New
Shuswap Beachwalkers
Sat Oct 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am
@ Gillespie Road Park
Come join us for a walk on the foreshore - every 3rd Saturday of the month. Everybody and anybody welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome
Fall Trail Stewards Review
Sat Nov 4, 2017   9:30 am - 12:30 pm
@ Little Mt Field House
Shuswap Trail Alliance invites all Trail Stewards for our annual Fall Trail Stewards Review. A chance to review 2017 and see what is on the radar for 2018.
Shuswap Beachwalkers
Sat Nov 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am
@ Gillespie Road Park
Come join us for a walk on the foreshore - every 3rd Saturday of the month. Everybody and anybody welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome
Shuswap Beachwalkers
Sat Dec 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am
@ Gillespie Road Park
Come join us for a walk on the foreshore - every 3rd Saturday of the month. Everybody and anybody welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome
Shuswap Trail Alliance on Eagle Pass Lookout structure
Sunday, October 8, 2017
News Release: October 8, 2017 Shuswap Trail Alliance issues open letter on the recent Eagle Pass Lookout structure   To our Secwepemc, Provincial, Regional/Municipal and Community Partners,   Given the recent media publicity on the Eagle Pass Mountain Lookout, the Shuswap Trail Alliance has been asked to provide a position statement on the structure recently rebuilt on the old stone lookout foundation.
Public assent achieved to purchase Shuswap-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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.
 

 
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