The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working to park cars and get people on bicycles and feet.
The 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.
Weaving it green in the Shuswap!
Shuswap Trail Stewardship Inventory and Review: its the season to inventory trails before the snow flies, and provide input to assist with planning for next year. If you are willing to get out and review a trail, download a trail inventory form here, get out on a trail, and then send the form in to Clint at the email@example.com hotline. Wondering which trails still need doing? - give Clint a shout via the hotline first for direction.
And Shuswap Trail Stewards t-shirts are ready (and looking good thanks to Andrew Ellis at Happy Trails T-Shirt Company in Sicamous) - if you've three or more days working on, caring for, monitoring, or looking after trails anywhere in the Shuswap, then you're eligible for one. Fill in the volunteer log sheet here, and return to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get one to you.
8 Successful Years
The STA has taken on over 70 projects over eight years, and written or contributed to over 45 research reports and public documents. Its 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 or regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:
- Over 70 completed greenway trail projects valued at more than $1.2 million in amenity assets
- 45 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
- 7 signature trail systems, 19 trails, 7 major upgrades, over 200 signs, and 3500 blazes
- Totalling over 70 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
- 3 major stewardship plans, 7 adaptive environmental plans, 1 strategic business plan
- Creation of the environmental adaptive trail monitoring program
- 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
- Doubled every local dollar raised with matching grant investments
- Doubled every dollar invested with matching in-kind investment
- $1,500,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout eight regional communities,
- including over $100,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
- $1,500,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
- creation of the Trail Stewards Program and email@example.com hotline
- more than 60 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling 5600 hours’ worth over $84,000
- assembled equipment valued at over $55,000 to support future volunteer trail work
- local employment and work experience training for over 80 people since 2006
- over 200 local business sponsors (includes 15 milestone partners donating $10,000+)
- Establishment of www.shuswaptrails.com as the regional online trails guide
- Fifth edition printing of the Shuswap Trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
- Launch of the Fall Hiking, Routes and Blues, and Winter Big Foot interpretive programs
Partners and Sponsors
The Shuswap Trail Alliance acknowledges the support of Western Economic Diversification Canada, Services Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, BC Parks, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Shuswap Tourism, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Community Futures Development Corporation, Thompson Rivers University School of Tourism, Skookum Cycle and Ski, Waterways Houseboats, Twin Anchors Houseboats, Mountain Equipment Coop, BC Parks Community Legacy Fund, Shuswap Lady Striders, the Shuswap Community Foundation’s Browne Johnson Legacy Fund, over 200 regional businesses, and the 100s of individuals and volunteers from around the Shuswap who are helping to make our communities healthier places to live.
Mt Baldy Bigfoot Walk
Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:30 pm - Dec 15, 2013
@ Mt Baldy Trailhead
Kick off the Shuswap Trails Winter Bigfoot Series with a snow boot walk on the new Mt Baldy Lookout trail west of Sorrento.
Shuswap TrailRider project takes another roll forward
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
December 03, 2013
The Shuswap TrailRider project takes another roll forward
The Shuswap, British Columbia – The Shuswap TrailRider program just took a huge step – or roll – forward thanks to a $7400 grant from the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union’s community sponsorship program.
Shuswap Trail Alliance partners named BC Parks volunteer group of the year
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The Shuswap, British Columbia – Cooperation and good work does get noticed. In a recent letter to the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Provincial Minister of Environment, the Honorable Mary Polak, has recognized individuals and partner organizations who have been working together to support BC Parks throughout the Shuswap region.