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About UsThe Shuswap Trail Alliance is all about collaboration

We encourage all groups and individuals who love trails to work together.

By working collaboratively we can create efficiencies in trail building, marketing, maintenance, and planning. The Shuswap Trail Alliance successfully demonstrates how working together WORKS!

Working together on the Shuswap Trail Strategy. . .

The Shuswap Trail Strategy is the regional multi-stakeholder initiative working to establish the entire Shuswap watershed as a united destination trail center known for its active lifestyle, vibrant culture, natural beauty, and commitment to sustainable ecology. It acknowledges that well designed, signed, maintained, and promoted, a trail network is an asset of significant economic value.

– Well-designed, well-signed, well maintained, well promoted –

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is the organizational body (formed in 2005) through which local and regional leadership work together to develop and implement the Shuswap Trails Strategy as First Nations, stewardship, government, industry, business, and community stewardship organizations and individuals.

Check out our Mission and Goals.

Trail Stewardship

Shuswap Trail Alliance Stewards are individuals and groups in the community who build, monitor or maintain trails throughout the region. The Shuswap Trail Stewards Program is a work in progress building tools and resources to assist local trail stewards. Whether you just want to get out for a walk and help flick sticks, or help to organize full on volunteer trail stewardship events, there's a place for you! Check out the Volunteer page here.

Trail Design Standards

The Shuswap Trail Design Standards help all the partners throughout the region provide a consistent level of quality while creating a variety of options based on trail user's needs. They are based on the Provincial Trail Standards, The Whistler Trail Design Standards, Natural Surface Trails by Design written by Troy Scott Parker, and the Trail Solutions Manuals published by IMBA.

The Shuswap Trail Sign Style Guide grew out of a shared agreement by regional partners to establish a unifying trail wayfinding sign message throughout the Shuswap that could be adapted for use in local communities and trail systems. They were developed in conjunction with the Provincial Trail Sign Standards for the Province of British Columbia (See: J. Hawkings, Sign Guidelines. Ministry of Tourism, Sport, and the Arts, British Columbia. December 7, 2007)

Shuswap Trail Sign Standards: Update Samples (December 2011) - Use of the Shuswap Trail Sign Style Guidelines have evolved since first publication in 2008. Most notable was the combination of individual plates into a more aesthetically cohesive, cost efficient, and easier to mount single plate. The Update Samples provide photographs showing some of the variations and application of the Sign Style Guidelines. Watch for further update samples and a complete update of the Sign Style Guidelines to come.

Shuswap Trail Rating System and Icons - The trail rating system is used to classify trail difficulty. The icons are from the Whistler Standards adopted by the Province of BC (MTSA, 2007; Whistler Standards, 2003) While intended for Mountain Bike trails, where hike/cycle/equestrian trails exist and only one rating system is feasible, these icons are the default. Additional rating systems are being developed for hike, EQ, and winter only trails, but a single overall framework provides a basic level of consistency to work with. Watch for further updates in this area as the Province of BC Recreation Sites and Trails office works on revised rating standards.

 
What's New
Shuswap Outdoors Club
Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:00 am  -  Nov 23, 2014
@ Larch Hills
Shuswap Outdoors Club is having work parties every Sunday in November Staring at 10:00 am - meet at the Larch Hills chalet.
The Banff Mountain Film Fest
Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:00 am  -  Nov 23, 2014
@ Salmar Classic Theatre
Search & Rescue presents The Banff Mountain Film Fest for TWO evening shows this year. Come on out and support this very important fundraiser. Search & Rescue make everything we do possible.
Shuswap candidates speak out on walking, cycling, and active travel infrastructure
Monday, November 10, 2014
NEW RELEASE November 10, 2014  Shuswap candidates speak out on walking, cycling, and active travel infrastructure  The Shuswap, British Columbia – People are calling for healthier community design that makes walking and cycling easier, safer, and more common.
Nov 8th set to Celebrate Shuswap Trail Stewards
Monday, October 27, 2014
News Release October 27, 2014 Nov 8th set to Celebrate Shuswap Trail Stewards The Shuswap, British Columbia – Shuswap Trail Alliance volunteer stewards, trail team, and regional partners are hard at it to complete a number of trail projects as the snow line creeps down the hillsides.
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