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
Routes and Blues Outdoor Interpretive Program
Sat Aug 2, 2014 @ 10:00 am
@ Lizard Trailhead
Sicamous Creek & Lizard hike. Come join us for guided hikes as we get ready for Roots & Blues
Routes and Blues Outdoor Interpretive Program
Fri Aug 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
@ Mara Hall
Come join us for guided hikes as we get ready for Roots & Blues!
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.
Local Non-Profits Join Together to Benefit the Community
Monday, July 7, 2014
The Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA), the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS), and the Salmar Community Association are pleased to announce a new and innovative community non-profit partnership. Sharing an office downtown, STA and LASS have joined together to rent the space from the Salmar Community Association, owners and operators of the Salmar Grand Cinemas and historic Salmar Classic Theatre in Salmon Arm who put 100 per cent of the funds they receive back into the community through upgrades, donations, and scholarships.