Shuswap Trail Strategy Brief - updated Febraury 4, 2011
In November 2004, regional stakeholders in the Shuswap met to consider a proposal by local trail advocates envisioning the creation of an internationally recognized natural trail and waterway network promoting environmental stewardship, sustainable economics, and a reputation for healthy living and recreation.
Catalysts for action included results from the 2002 Shuswap Tourism Opportunity Strategy, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Parks and Trail planning underway throughout the region, an ambitious proposal put forward by the Adventure Okanagan Cooperative to link the Okanagan Shuswap valley under a single extended trail route brand (the 5 Rings Trail), and new provincial emphasis on healthy communities, tourism enhancement, and preparation for the 2010 Olympics.
A steering advisory was formed including representation from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Little Shuswap Indian Band, the Switzmalph Cultural Society, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, Community Futures Development Corporation, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, Shuswap Tourism and Economic Development, the Larch Hills Nordic Society, Shuswap Outdoors, Shuswap Naturalists, Salmon Arm Greenways, BC Backcountry Horsemen, the Shuswap Mountain Bike community, business, and accommodation operators.
The Shuswap Hut and Trail Alliance was formally incorporated as a legal non-profit society in November 2005 out of a year long study to examine the viability of the vision, and consider how communities, organizations and governing bodies might work collaboratively toward a linked system of natural trail, hut-to-hut, and waterway routes for walking, hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and paddling throughout the Shuswap.
The full Shuswap Trail Strategy, first presented in November 2006, proposed an ambitious 5-year development strategy that would link existing trail plans throughout the Shuswap watershed into a unified message of active communities, ecological commitment, and welcome. (SHTA, 2006) Through the Shuswap Trail Alliance, community partners – First nations, municipalities, the regional district, recreational clubs, environmental groups, businesses, industry, and community members – were invited to come together and coordinate their efforts toward the creation of trails and greenways throughout the region.
Three and a half years later, the Shuswap Trail Alliance had evolved into a strategic meeting point for leadership of regional trail development and management. Milestones included:
The Shuswap Trail Strategy is a regional success story. Support continues to grow. New funding investment to conduct planning and organizational management of the project is now essential for its long-term viability. A copy of the Phase 1 Strategic Report and other studies and project updates are available here.
For a copy of the most recent Shuswap Trails Background Brief click here
Shuswap Trails: Strategic Planning. . .
Several Key Strategic Planning Processes and resulting Documents have been instrumental in the evolution of the Shuswap Trail Strategy and Shuswap Trail Alliance: (Follow the links below)
Skmana Ski Trail Tour Event
Sun Feb 8, 2015 10:00 am - Feb 8, 2015
@ Skmana Lake Nordic Trails
Enjoy a guided tour ofthe Skmana Lake x-c ski trails. There will be several groups going out on both beginner and intermediate trails.
Silent Auction and Dance
Fri Feb 6, 2015
@ Salmon Arm Rec Center
The annual Shuswap Trail Alliance party is back! 2015 Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraising Auction - Live Music with Scarecrow, DJ with Patrick Ryley, Dance, Buffet Appies featuring locally grown & prepared foods, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, & the Best-Of Shuswap Trail Photo Footage.
STA supports Splatsin negotiations on CPRail agreement
Monday, December 22, 2014
News Release December 22, 2014 STA supports Splatsin negotiations on CPRail agreement The Shuswap, British Columbia – Shuswap Trail Alliance leadership is very pleased to hear of the successful outcome for Splatsin's negotiations with CP Rail.
Shuswap Trail party tickets go on sale celebrating 10 years
Sunday, December 14, 2014
News Release December 15, 2014 Shuswap Trail party tickets go on sale celebrating 10 years The Shuswap, British Columbia – It started with a party and continues with a party! Tickets went on sale this week for the annual Shuswap Trail Alliance fundraiser and celebration just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers.