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HOT OFF THE PRESS. . .

Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser Thank You - a huge huge thank you, again, to everyone who made the February Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser such a success. $37,000 raised to kick off our 12th year working together to create, care-for, and promote trails throughout the Shuswap. The annual February event builds critical funding to support Shuswap Trail projects throughout the region.
 
Check out this year's sponsors here and be sure to give them some love when you see them!
 
Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual General Meeting - March 1st, 2017, 7:00 pm, at Okanagan College Salmon Arm Campus (2552 10th Ave NE, Salmon Arm, BC) - Join us for an update on progress and projects.

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2017 - support 2017 trail projects with a membership. Get the mail-in member form here, or join online here.

Build. Maintain. Explore. Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund - Help build the Shuswap Trails Legacy Fund, and create stability for Shuswap Trails for generations to come. Click here.

Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy & Shuswap Trails Roundtable Updates - check out the latest news and updates here.

Plus we're continuing to grow the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership Check out the recent news release, and also check the very cool presentation on the 2015 visit assembled by our super-awesome Facebook Coordinator, D'Arcy McLeod, using photos, film footage, and the CBC Interview with STA Project Manager, Veda Roberge, and Technical Trails Specialist, Sutra Brett. Click here.

Shuswap-North Okanagan Rail Trail concept needs your support! Send your expressions of support to regional leadership.

  • Check out the latest news regarding Splatsin's successful negotiations with CP Rail here.

  • Check out the info brief here.

  • Additional background information from CP Rail here.

  • A sample email/letter of Expression of Support including key contact names and email addresses here.

  • And be sure to also send support to the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative working on securing the abandoned CN line to the South.


The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working to park cars and get people on bicycle and feet. . .and paddles, and skis, and snowshoes, and horses, and. . .

The Shuswap Trail Alliance exists as a collaboration of partners working together to create purpose built, sanctioned and sustainable trails throughout the Shuswap region. The Alliance motto is, "Well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained, well-promoted". We see success as people living actively, enjoying nature, and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

12 Successful Years

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has taken on over 270 projects in the past twelve years, and written or contributed to 80 community trail plans, publications, guidelines, research reports and public documents. It’s a team effort that has engaged over 200 groups, organizations and businesses; and involves 1000's of hours of volunteer time and the incredible support of a host of regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:

  • Over 270 greenway trail projects valued at more than $2.11 million in amenity assets
  • 80 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
  • 11 signature trail systems, 100 regional trails, 9 major upgrades, over 1100 signs, and 5500 route blazes
  • Totalling over 110 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
  •  6 major stewardship plans, 10 adaptive environmental plans, 1 strategic business plan
  • Creation of the environmental adaptive trail monitoring program (T.E.S.T.)
  • A facilitated community-development model for collaboration (being copied by others)
  • Development of accountable working protocols with Secwepemc Nation leadership
  • Research and development of regional trail, sign, and environmental design standards
  • Collaboration with Shuswap Tourism  on destination marketing and development
  • Unprecedented provincial attention as an emerging leader in regional development
  • Leveraged National and International film and magazine media exposure for the region
  • Over $2,250,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout nine regional communities,
  • including over $240,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Plus an additional matching $1,930,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the regional Trail Stewardship Program and trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline
  • More than 270 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling 18,000 hours valued at over $300,000
  • Assembled equipment valued at over $40,000 to support future volunteer trail work
  • Local employment and work experience training for over 100 people since 2006
  • Over 200 local business sponsors (includes 30 milestone partners donating over $10,000+ each)
  • Establishment of www.shuswaptrails.com as the regional online trails guide
  • Sixth edition printing of the Shuswap Trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
  • Support for the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation, TrailRider, and Trail Mix Art programs
  • And leadership support for experiential eco-tourism, ecological education, active transportation, recreation, and healthy community planning

The Shuswap Trail Alliance was recognized as the 2012 BC Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year, and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award.

Check out Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo's recent official statement to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia acknowledging the collective work of Shuswap Trail Alliance partners here.

Partners and Sponsors

The Shuswap Trail Alliance acknowledges the Milestone contributions ($10,000 or more) of Western Economic Diversification Canada, Services Canada, the National Trail Coalition Federal Trail Fund, the Province of British Columbia including Recreation Sites and Trails BC and BC Parks, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Areas C, D, E, & F, the City of Salmon Arm, the District of Sicamous, North Okanagan Regional District Area F, the City of Enderby, the Village of Chase, Shuswap Tourism, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Community Futures Shuswap, Thompson Rivers University, the Shuswap Community Foundation, BC Healthy Communities, Shuswap Lady Striders, Backcountry Horsemen of BC, Mountain Equipment Coop, BC Parks Community Legacy Fund, over 200 regional businesses including Skookum Cycle and Ski, Waterways Houseboats, Twin Anchors Houseboats, Lakeside Insurance, EZ Rock Radio, the Salmon Arm Observer, Stella-Jones, and Tim Hortons, and the 100s of individuals and volunteers from around the Shuswap who are helping to make our communities healthier places to live. 

 

 

 
What's New
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
@ Various
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
@ TBA
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.
 

 
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