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)
Share the Trails Workshop
Fri May 6, 2016 12:00 am - May 7, 2016
@ Prestige Harbourfront Resort
The annual gathering of provincial trails leadership sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation Council with the Horse Council of BC is hosted this year in the Shuswap by the Shuswap Trail Alliance.
Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report
Wed Mar 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
@ Okanagan College - Salmon Arm
The Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual General Meeting includes progress updates on last season and the 2016 season ahead, plus the always anticipated annual photo review of trail projects throughout the Shuswap.
Shuswap Trails Ready to Rock!
Monday, February 1, 2016
Shuswap Trails Ready to Rock! Friends, you've done it again...the Annual Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser tickets sold out last week! And the auction sponsor line-up is out of this world! Well actually. . .its totally in this world - with lots of cool auction features to get you outside.
Shuswap Trail Alliance makes international connections
Monday, February 1, 2016
News Release February 01, 2016 Shuswap Trail Alliance makes international connections as annual fundraiser gets ready to rock The Shuswap, British Columbia - The idea of "thinking globally and acting locally" found new meaning this week with the annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser set to rock Friday.