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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
The LHNS Annual Take Back the Hills Event
Sat Oct 25, 2014   9:00 am - 12:00 pm
@ Larch Hills
Meet at the Parking Lot
Everyone is invited to participate including new people who are thinking about skiing or snowshoeing this winter
Enderby Cliffs Voly Day
Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:00 am  -  Oct 25, 2014
@ Enderby Cliffs
MUSCLES of all sizes NEEDED - We will need: wood, ½ gabion baskets, geo-tech materials and tools moved up the trail to the working site.
Raising a toast at the new Mount Baldy trail opening
Saturday, August 23, 2014
News Release August 23, 2014  Raising a toast at the new Mount Baldy trail opening  The Shuswap, British Columbia – Partners gathered from around the Shuswap Thursday to celebrate the official opening of the new Mount Baldy hiking trail just west of Sorrento.
Search for the Becca Beacon during weekly Summer trail challenge in the Shuswap
Monday, July 21, 2014
News Release July 21, 2014  Search for the Becca Beacon during weekly Summer trail challenge in the Shuswap The Shuswap, British Columbia – There are more good things underfoot out on Shuswap Trails this summer. Following up on the success of last year’s weekly summer trail challenge, this year’s Shuswap Trail Alliance summer student, Rebecca Howes, has reactivated another round of the weekly prize-filled outdoor motivational challenge.
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