Trail Standards & Resources
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.
Volunteer Trail Stewardship Resources:
The Shuswap Trail Alliance Trail Stewardship Program supports local volunteer trail stewards throughout the region. Following are links to some of the forms in the volunteer toolbox. Contact 250-832-0102, or click here to inquire about other ways the STA can support your volunteer efforts.
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.
Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report
Wed Mar 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
@ Okanagan College - Salmon Arm
The Shuswap Trail Alliance's Annual General Meeting, including progress reporting, volunteer updates, and year-in-review slide presentation.
Stick flick season starts on the trails
Wed Mar 15, 2017
The sun is shining and the snow is receding which means only one thing: stick flick season begins out on Shuswap Trails. We hope you can join us.
Social Responsibility Day
Thu Apr 27, 2017
The Shuswap Trail Alliance hosts one of the volunteer sites for the Annual Student Social Responsibility Day. Watch for more details to come.
South Canoe Annual Spring Voly Blitz & BBQ
Sun Apr 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am
@ South Canoe Trails Parking Lot
Come join the South Canoe Trail Advisory and Skookum Cycle and Ski for this annual South Canoe Spring Voly Blitz to get the trails ready for the Salty Dog on the May 13/14th weekend. BBQ lunch provided by Skookum Cycle and Ski. More info to come.
Shuswap Trail Alliance grows partnership with Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
News Release February 21, 2017 Shuswap Trail Alliance grows partnership with Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile The Shuswap, British Columbia – “This trail is ten times harder than anything we’ve done yet,” says technical trails specialist, Jacob ‘Sutra’ Brett, with the Shuswap Trail Alliance.
February party continues to put Shuswap Trails on the map
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
News Release Feb. 07, 2017 February party continues to put Shuswap Trails on the map The Shuswap, British Columbia - The Shuswap has done it again - kick starting another year of trails and building relationships and helping to get people outside, active, and on their feet - all with one great big party.