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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.

Shuswap Trail Environmental Screening Tool (T.E.S.T.) (Note: if you see a "Please Wait" notice when clicking on this link, don't despair. Just save the document using the icons that appear on lower bottom right when you move your cursor there. The pdf will still save and perform as it should. Sorry for this glitch!) - The Shuswap trail T.E.S.T. is a fillable report form designed to collect important early stage environmental information about new trail projects, including building several key maps and endangered species lists. We are proud to be working with Provincial Recreation Sites and Trails BC to develop this tool into the latest fillable pdf version from it original version as a series of linked excel tables. Also check: the Shortform scan, the Environmental Mitigation Matrix Table, the Monitor Form, and the Legislation Guidelines review. And also be sure to check the links to our partners at the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society for additional resources.

Shuswap Trail Maintenance Standards - Shuswap Trail maintenance guidelines follow provincial standards (Recreation Sites and Trails and BC Parks.) Following standard maintenance guidelines from pruning branches to broadcasting blow down ensures consistent safety along trails, lowers fire fuel loads, and improves the visual appeal of trails. From stick flicking on a walk to joining a weekend volunteer trail event - there's a stewardship role for you.

Guided Trail Programs

Shuswap Trail Alliance sanctioned programs are organized by trail stewards, partner organizations, outdoor educators, and recreational trail groups. The following leaders resources assist in ensuring appropriately planned, authorized, and guided field programs.

Guided Trail Programs: Risk Plan - outlines the risk management plan for STA sanctioned guided trail programs, including leader planning check lists.

Daily Check List - leaders check list to ensure preparation is complete prior to meeting participants

Hike Registration & Waiver/Permission Form - a template for registering participants.

Hiker Sign-In Sheet - a form to list all participants, voluntarily disclose and monitor potential health concerns, and ensure group count is maintained.

Pre-Hike Safety Check List - trailhead safety check list for leaders to review with all participants prior to conducting the trail program.

Volunteer Time Tracking Sheet - form for tracking all volunteer guide/host leadership hours for a program.

Accident/Incident Report Form - form for recording, reporting on, and ensuring follow-up/evaluation is conducted following an incident or accident on a group program.

 

 
What's New
June is Paddle Month
Wed Jun 1, 2016  -  Thu Jun 30, 2016
@ The Shuswap Paddle Centre and other locations
A full month of Blueways and Paddle Trails! Once you’ve got in the habit of daily walking and biking, it’s time to add a little paddling to the mix.
Working Together 6th Annual Traditional Powwow
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:00 pm  -  Jun 26, 2016
@ Neskonlith Powwow Grounds (7 km west of Chase, BC)
Grand Entry at 7 pm Friday. Host Drum: Star Child, Vancouver, MC: Gord Cuthbert, Vancouver, Arena Director: Everett White, Arizona. Free Admission & Free Camping. Everyone welcome to attend.
Friendship Day - 2nd Annual
Sat Jun 25, 2016   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
@ Salmon Arm Wharf
FRIENDSHIP DAY - 2nd annual fun day at the Wharf. Everyone Welcome
The Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival
Sat Jun 25, 2016
@ Marine Park
This annual event is fun, affordable and fast paced and the 13th annual festival will feature the original wooden dragon boats from China in a special ceremony. The Festival Village atmosphere is vibrant with live music, working artisans, information kiosks and healthy food vendors serving up a taste of the Shuswap.
Supervised Bicycle Parkade & Bike-Bucks for Bike-to-Work week in Downtown Salmon Arm
Friday, May 20, 2016
News Release May 19, 2016   Supervised Bicycle Parkade & Bike-Bucks for Bike-to-Work week in Downtown Salmon Arm   The Shuswap, British Columbia – Shuswap Bike-to-Work Week organizers really want to make it easy for you to bicycle to work next week.
Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails
Friday, May 20, 2016
News Release May 20, 2016   Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails   The Shuswap, British Columbia - It's official! The brand new CSRD Mt Tuam Community Bike Park is open in Blind Bay. The pocket park, funded and built by CSRD Parks in collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, is the perfect play spot for novice mountain bikers to practice riding on trails with a short easy green loop and a slightly more challenging but still short blue loop, plus an up trail to get you back to the start to try again.
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