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BEAR ATTACK WARNING: on Larch Hills Trails - check out the story here. Remember - let someone know where you're going, travel in groups, make noise, and carry bear spray.


WATCH for LOGGING TRUCKS - AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Canoe Forest Products will be harvesting a cutblock located on the 110.300 road to the west (approx. 300m) of the start of the “Game trail” section of the Larch Hills Traverse.   Harvesting is scheduled to start the week of Aug 10th  and users of the Rubber Head / Ravine trails should expect industrial logging traffic on the main 110.000 road and .300 spur Monday – Friday through the month of August and possibly into early September  (dependent upon fire weather conditions).


Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy - regional partners throughout the Shuswap have been working hard to develop the first ever multi-user (motorized and non-motorized) trail strategy for the region that includes appropriate acknowledgement of Secwepemc Nation territory, accountable protocols for planning and approvals, a focus on ecology and access management priorities, and a commitment to work together. After 1000s of hours of work by hundreds of leaders, the DRAFT strategy was reviewed this past June with leadership from throughout the region. The result is new commitments to work together on management priorities throughout the Shuswap and the creation of the Shuswap Trails Roundtable to formally launch this November. It's a milestone for the region setting a new direction for how we live, move, and relate with each other and the land.  Check out the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy here, the accompanying priorities map here. (For background on the final edition of the Strategy, check out the June 17th Regional Trails Meeting summary notes here. The June 17th notes reflect feedback from regional leadership on the draft strategy and were incorporated into the final version of the Regional Trails Strategy.)


What's your vision to improve bicycle infrastructure in the Shuswap? - check out the ideas/input sheet here. Fill out and return the sheet or email comments to And get inspired with this link to ideas and resources at



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.

10 Successful Years

The STA has taken on over 170 projects in the past ten years, and written or contributed to over 56 community trail plans, publications, guidelines, research reports and public documents. Its 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 or regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:

  • Over 170 completed projects valued at more than $1.8 million in amenity assets
  • 56 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
  • 11 signature trail systems, 27 trails, 8 major upgrades, over 600 signs, and 5000 blazes
  • Totalling over 90 km of new trails impacting 12 communities throughout the Shuswap
  • 5 major stewardship plans, 8 adaptive environmental plans, 1 strategic business plan
  • Creation of the environmental adaptive trail monitoring program
  • 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
  • Doubled every local dollar raised with matching grant investments
  • Doubled every dollar invested with matching in-kind investment
  • Over $1,700,000 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout eight regional communities,
  • including over $130,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Over $1,700,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the Trail Stewards Program and hotline
  • More than 150 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling over 9200 hours worth over $140,000
  • assembled equipment valued at over $55,000 to support future volunteer trail work
  • local employment and work experience training for over 100 people since 2006
  • over 200 local business sponsors (includes 25 milestone partners donating $10,000+)
  • Establishment of as the regional online trails guide
  • Fifth edition printing of the Shuswap Trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
  • Launch of the Fall Hiking, Routes and Blues, and Winter Big Foot interpretive programs
  • And leadership support for experiential eco-tourism, ecological education, active transportation and recreation 

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 School of Tourism, the Shuswap Community Foundation's Browne Johnson Legacy Fund, Geoff and Judith Benson Family Endowment, and Robin Jackson Environmental Funds, Shuswap Lady Striders, 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, 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
Larch Hills Nordic Society
Tue Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
@ SASCU Community Centre
General Meeting

There will be a general meeting for the LHNS on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7 pm, room 1 (downstairs) at the SASCU Community Centre.
South Canoe Annual Fall Voly Blitz
Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:30 am  -  Oct 10, 2015 2:30 am
@ South Canoe
SOUTH CANOE ANNUAL FALL VOLY BLITZ - Saturday - Oct 10th - Volunteer Work Day.
Come join the South Canoe Advisory, Skookum Cycle & Ski, Shuswap Bike Club and Shuswap Trail Alliance for a day of play on the trails.

TransRockies Singletrack 6 Event – Stage 1, Salmon Arm!
Friday, July 17, 2015
PRESS RELEASE July 17, 2015 TransRockies Singletrack 6 Event – Stage 1, Salmon Arm!   On Sunday July 26, 2015, Salmon Arm will welcome hundreds of mountain biking enthusiasts from around the world! TransRockies Inc. has selected Salmon Arm to be the kick-off community for their Singletrack 6 race, an event which tours 6 communities over 6 days and provides riders with 40km of epic riding each day.
Local Shuswap rider and teacher wins Mountain Bike BC Contest
Friday, June 26, 2015
Dear friends,   A nice good news trail story here in the Shuswap to share with you as school ends for summer . Salmon Arm Senior Secondary School teacher and coach of the High School Mountain Bike Team, Chris Stromgren, received a very nice end of term surprise this week.
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