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STA is Hiring: Help Us Grow the Regional Trails Legacy - the Shuswap Trail Alliance is evolving to better support our partners grow the expanding legacy of trails throughout the region, including the new Rail-Trail Greenway between Sicamous and Armstrong. Two new positions are open for an Associate Director and a Rail-Trail Project Assistant. Check them out here.

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.

Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail is Moving Forward - It's happening! The dream to link Sicamous to Armstrong with a 50 kilometer greenway rail-trail that will ultimately connect to the Central Okanagan Rail-Trail is moving forward with the inaugral meeting of the new Rail-Trail Governance Advisory in March 2019. The Governance Advisory brings together leadership representation from the 12 jurisdictions partnering to create the greenway through an agreement between the Splatsin Chief and Council of the Secwepemc First Nation, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and the Regional District of North Okanagan. Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian was appointed the Governance Advisory Chair person, and Lumby Mayor and RDNO Chair, Kevin Acton, and Sicamous Mayor, Terry Rysz, appointed Co-Vice-Chairs. The Governance Advisory has created a Memorandum of Understanding and Terms-of-Reference to guide their work together, and implemented a joint Technical Operational Committee to oversee planning, design, development, and long-term management of the greenway. The Shuswap Trail Alliance will assist the jurisdictional partners in the role of Secretariat and Project Administrator, as well as continue as the meeting point for community engagement and support. Read the updates here.

The annual Shuswap Trail Party & Fundraiser Hit a High MarkThank you everyone for making Shuswap Trails such a success story. This year's fundraiser surpassed the last record raising over $45,000 for Shuswap Trail projects throughout the region this year. Remarkable! And there's a whole new twist to supporting Shuswap Trails this year - The Barley Station Brew Pub in Salmon Arm is raising a toast to trails with its brand new Shuswap Trail Ale IPA made exclusively for Shuswap Trails. It was revealed at the February 1st event to resounding acclaim selling out, and now goes on sale at the Barley Station Brew Pub with every glass putting coin toward building and maintaining trails throughout the Shuswap. Now that's worth a toast! Check out the full story here.
 
Thanks to everyone who made the annual February 1st, 2019 Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser such a success, with ticket sales through Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm, printing sponsored by Lakeside Printing, auction pick up/drop off with HUB Barton Insurance, promotion by EZ Rock. Featuring the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Partico Patrick Ryley, sound with Brian Coffey and BC Sound, catering by DeMilles, the Barley Station's new Shuswap Trail Ale IPA, wine from Larch Hills Winery, bar tending by the Firehall 3 team, a fully stocked Silent Auction table, wine pull, 50/50 draw, drive home with Enactus and Braby Motors, Hilltop Toyota, Ian Gray's Salmon Arm GM, Jacobson Ford, plus more best-of-the-year photos from Shuswap Trails at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre.
 
And check out who was on the extraordinary silent auction table and monetary donor list this year by clicking here.

Check out the new trails built last year by visiting the online trail guide (click on the Trail Icon above right) that includes more new trails in the Shuswap Memorial Cemetery Park, South Canoe Trail System, Rubberhead, and Balmoral. Plus all the new Trails Built in 2017 ready for you to explore: despite the crazy wind-flood-wind-fire-wind-snow season we had this year, 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 is an incredible 10 new trails added (yes 10!), totalling over 12,000 metres. For more on the new stash of Shuswap Trails click through to the trail guide info here

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. Click here.

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2019 - support 2019 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.

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.
 

Plus we're continuing to grow the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership Our partnership continues, with the successful volunteer exchange in 2017, a brand new volunteer exchange this season, and our Technical Trail Specialist, Sutra Brett journeying down to consult on sustainable trail assessments and planning in 2018, and again in 2019. Check out 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

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. 

 
What's New
Rubberhead voly day
Sat Aug 24, 2019   8:00 am - 10:00 am
@ 112 FSR 2.5 km parking
Shuswap Cycling Club Association with Skookum Cycle and Ski and Shuswap Trail Alliance will host trail days on the Rubberhead Trail System. These will run Saturday mornings as posted, meeting at the 2.5km parking lot on the 110 FSR at 8am. All are welcome to come lend a hand on trail improvements.
Rubberhead voly day
Sat Sep 7, 2019   8:00 am - 10:00 am
@ Rubberhead Trail system
Shuswap Cycling Club Association with Skookum Cycle and Ski and Shuswap Trail Alliance will host trail days on the Rubberhead Trail System. These will run Saturday mornings as posted, meeting at the 2.5km parking lot on the 110 FSR at 8am. All are welcome to come lend a hand on trail improvements.
Larch Hills Traverse Voly Day
Sun Sep 15, 2019   10:00 am - 2:00 pm
@ TBA
Come join us for a voly day on the Larch Hills Traverse to do some trail maintenance and brushing
Rubberhead voly day
Sat Sep 21, 2019   8:00 am - 10:00 am
@ Rubberhead Trail system
Shuswap Cycling Club Association with Skookum Cycle and Ski and Shuswap Trail Alliance will host trail days on the Rubberhead Trail System. These will run Saturday mornings as posted, meeting at the 2.5km parking lot on the 110 FSR at 8am. All are welcome to come lend a hand on trail improvements.
Governance partners move planning and technical consultation forward for Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail
Friday, July 26, 2019
Media Release: July 26, 2019   Governance partners move planning and technical consultation forward for Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail   The Shuswap – North Okanagan – Splatsin of the Secwepemc Nation, British Columbia –  Planning for the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail continues to move forward with adoption of a communications plan and engagement of technical expertise at the recent Rail Trail Governance Advisory meeting on July 19th.
Shuswap Trails get boost from Rural Dividend Program
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
News Release: May 14, 2019   Shuswap Trails get boost from Rural Dividend Program   The Shuswap, British Columbia – There is more good news for trails in the Shuswap. The Shuswap Trail Alliance received a BC Rural Dividend Program grant of $100,000 on behalf of regional partners supporting development of new recreational greenway trails this year.
 

 
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