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HUGE THANKS! The Annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser Raised $36,000 Friday night setting the 2018 Shuswap Trail season in motion. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, including the organizing committee, all the volunteers including the Okanagan College Enactus team, Fire Hall #3, the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Patrick Ryley who once again did double duty as MC for the night, BC Sound for making it all rock, the Barley Station for providing the kraft beer on tap, Larch Hills Winery for providing the wine, Fire Hall #3 for providing the bar, Cook Shack Creations for keeping everyone fed along with support from Farmcrest Foods and Happy Days Goat Dairy, the 146 community event sponsors, and the 475 sell-out guests who came and danced a whole new year of trails into being! Check out the story here.
 
And check out our 2018 Sponsors here, and please be sure to stop by their businesses and show them some love!

Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail just took a giant step forward! the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District have successfully concluded the purchase of the the CP Rail Corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong. Working in partnership with Splatsin and the regional municipal governments - along with 1/3rd Provincial funding support announced earlier in the spring by MLA Greg Kyllo and former Minister of Transport, Todd Stone - the corridor will be "used for recreational opportunities, including walking and cycling, while retaining it for future transportation and economic development needs. There is also long-term potetnial to connect this corridor to the Okanagan Rail Trail, which is currently under development, connecting the City of Kelowna to the District of Coldstream." (Check out the full news release here.)
 
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. It is an unprecedented opportunity to realize what Splatsin Kupki7 (Chief) Wayne Christian and Council have described as telling the true story of this place.
 
There have been inquries on how to contribute funding toward Rail-Trail development, which will be unrolled formally over the next few months - but early contributions to the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail have already been coming in. To respond, the STA has a Rail-Trail Reserve Fund in place to hold early contributions ready to transfer over, and is able to issue charitable tax receipts.
 
As well, the STA will continue to act as a 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. We hope to host a joint support meeting shortly, and would welcome hearing from interested organizations that have not yet been in touch.
 
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 in 2018.
 
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 tireless 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. Did you know, CSRD and RDNO contributions also include support from the communities of Golden and area, Revelstoke and area, Lumby and area, and Coldsteam and area? Be sure to let them know you support their remarkable collaborative efforts in this important work of acquiring, building, and maintaining the corridor as an asset for future generations.
 
And watch for further updates to come 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 the original info brief 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.
 
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!

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.

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 2018 - support 2018 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 Our partnership continues, with the successful volunteer exchange this suCheck 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
Annual party sets substantial year of trail projects in motion
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
News Release: Feb. 5, 2018   Annual party sets substantial year of trail projects in motion   The Shuswap, British Columbia – "We thank all our community sponsors, volunteers, and everyone who came out," announced Shuswap Trail Alliance chairperson, Reg Walters, to the sold out crowd at the annual Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser last Friday night.
Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail takes a giant step forward
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Release: January 16, 2018 (Updated January 31, 2018) Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail takes a giant step forward   The Shuswap, British Columbia – The Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District have successfully concluded the purchase of the the CP Rail Corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong.
 

 
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