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New Shuswap Trails to Explore: be sure to check out the new trails built this season around the Shuswap. See the update here.

2019 Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the 2019 AGM check out these links to the 2019 AGM Meeting Package (including 2018 Financial Statements), Annual Executive Directors Report, and the Presentation Slides chock full of photos from trail projects in 2018.

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Secwépemc Landmarks - Expression of Interest Now Open - Main Monument, Salmon Arm Marine Park. To create awareness of Secwépemc traditional territory through a series of iconic orientation Landmarks (sculptures) situated at key, highly visited areas, which portray Secwépemc location names, culture and stories throughout the Shuswap lakes region. This Expression of Interest is for a collaborative sculpture with one Secwépemc and one non-Secwépemc artist to create one ‘Main’ Landmark situated permanently at the Salmon Arm Marine Park. The project team visualize having a Secwépemc sculptor work on the rock or concrete base sculpture to symbolize Secwépemc connection to land and ancestral territory, and the non-Secwépemc artist work on metal work that will be attached to the base sculpture to symbolize settler and visitor presence in Secwépemcúl̓ecw. Applications due: February 20th 2020, Work period: APR 01 to SEP 07, 2020. More information and how to apply can be found here.

Secwépemc Landmarks - Expression of Interest Now Open - Trailhead Post Carving Artist and Instructor, Various Locations.  To create awareness of Secwépemc traditional territory through a series of iconic orientation Landmarks (sculptures) situated at key, highly visited areas, which portray Secwépemc location names, culture and stories throughout the Shuswap lakes region. This Expression of Interest is for a Secwépemc artist to lead workshops with youth from grades 6 to 11 in School District 83 (“SD 83”) to carve and paint pictographs into a series of 100 trailhead posts. More infornation and how to apply can be found here. 

The Shuswap, British Columbia, Secwepemc Territory - A safe connection between the City of Salmon Arm and neighbouring Indigenous band lands takes a giant leap forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the West Bay Connector Trail in January. An agreement to work collaboratively has been made by members of the West Bay Trail Working Group, which is comprised of the Neskonlith Band, Adams Lake Band, City of Salmon Arm, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Interior Health, CP Rail, the MLA, the MP, Province of BC, Switzmalph Cultural Society and the Shuswap Trail Alliance. The public is invited to join us at 1:00pm on Friday, January 31st at Pierre’s point to witness this momentous occasion.  The full news release can be found here.

Happy New Year’s Everyone!! Wow, was that snow or what?! Anticipate branches and trees down on pretty much every trail in the Shuswap. Some trails may be impassible and dangerous, please use caution and common sense. There may be some trail closures announced in the coming days as officials scramble to keep up. Remember that you’re the eyes and ears on the trails, please use the trail report hotline, found here, to report trees down on the trails.


Annual Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser  Friday, February 7th, 2020 - tickets are now ON SALE! You can pick up your tickets exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm, while supplies last! Tickets are $45, cash or cheque only. Reserve tables are also available for $100 donation plus a group of 10 tickets purchased. Every dollar raised goes to supporting trail projects throughout the Shuswap.

 
Printing sponsored by Lakeside Printing. Auction pick up/drop off with Shuswap Clothing. Promotion by EZ Rock. Featuring the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Partico Patrick Ryley, sound with Brian Coffey and BC Sound, catering by DeMilles, the Barley Station's Trail Head IPA, wine from Larch Hills Winery, bar tending by the Firehall 3 team, a fully stocked Silent Auction table, wine pull, 50/50 draw, drive home with Enactus and Braby Motors, Hilltop Toyota, Ian Gray's Salmon Arm GM, Jacobson Ford, plus more best-of-the-year photos from Shuswap Trails at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre.
 
For all of the details and to see who's on the extraordinary silent auction table and donor list so far this year, click here!

Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail is Moving Forward - It's happening! The dream to link Sicamous to Armstrong with a 50 kilometer greenway rail-trail that will ultimately connect to the Central Okanagan Rail-Trail is moving forward with the inaugral meeting of the new Rail-Trail Governance Advisory in March 2019. The Governance Advisory brings together leadership representation from the 12 jurisdictions partnering to create the greenway through an agreement between the Splatsin Chief and Council of the Secwepemc First Nation, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and the Regional District of North Okanagan. Splatsin Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian was appointed the Governance Advisory Chair person, and Lumby Mayor and RDNO Chair, Kevin Acton, and Sicamous Mayor, Terry Rysz, appointed Co-Vice-Chairs. The Governance Advisory has created a Memorandum of Understanding and Terms-of-Reference to guide their work together, and implemented a joint Technical Operational Committee to oversee planning, design, development, and long-term management of the greenway. The Shuswap Trail Alliance will assist the jurisdictional partners in the role of Secretariat and Project Administrator, as well as continue as the meeting point for community engagement and support. Read the updates here.

Check out the new trails built last year by visiting the online trail guide (click on the Trail Icon above right) that includes more new trails in the Shuswap Memorial Cemetery Park, South Canoe Trail System, Rubberhead, and Balmoral. Plus all the new Trails Built in 2017 ready for you to explore: despite the crazy wind-flood-wind-fire-wind-snow season we had this year, trail stewards, volunteers, munipcal/regional/and provincial community partners, funding supporters, clubs, school groups, business teams, Rapattack, the STA trail team, and so many others worked very, very hard in 2017. The result is an incredible 10 new trails added (yes 10!), totalling over 12,000 metres. For more on the new stash of Shuswap Trails click through to the trail guide info here

Why not make a lasting contribution to supporting and maintaining Shuswap Trails...contribute to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund. Unlike our regular donations, the Legacy Fund builds an endowment trust fund for the future care of trails throughout the Shuswap in partnership with the Shuswap Community Foundation. Click here.

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2019 - support 2019 trail projects with a membership. Get the mail-in member form here, or join online here.


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

Book the TrailRider - visit the Shuswap TrailRider Adaptive Adventure Society for details.

Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the 2018 annual general meeting, check out the links to AGM meeting package, including new Constitution & Bylaws, and the 2017 Year End Financial Statement. And the Annual Executive Directors Progress Report.
 

Plus we're continuing to grow the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership Our partnership continues, with the successful volunteer exchange in 2017, a brand new volunteer exchange this season, and our Technical Trail Specialist, Sutra Brett journeying down to consult on sustainable trail assessments and planning in 2018, and again in 2019. Check out 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

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.

14 Successful Years

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has taken on over 300 projects in the past thirteen years, and written or contributed to over 100 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 annual volunteer time and the incredible support of a host of regional partners and sponsors. Here's a snapshot:

  • Over 350 greenway trail projects valued at more than $2.25 million in amenity assets
  • 130 documented studies, publications, guidelines, and subsidized community trail plans
  • 11 signature trail systems, 105 regional trails, 10 major upgrades, over 1560 signs, and 6000 route blazes
  • Totalling over 125 km of new trails impacting 15 communities throughout the Shuswap
  • 11 major stewardship plans, 20 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 $2,844,500 in leveraged cash investments distributed throughout 15 regional communities,
  • including over $294,000 raised at the February Fundraiser since 2007
  • Plus an additional matching $2,128,000 in local community in-kind investment and leadership
  • Creation of the regional Trail Stewardship Program and trailreport@shuswaptrails.com hotline
  • More than 360 volunteer trail stewardship events totalling 24,900 hours valued at over $441,000
  • Assembled equipment valued at over $40,000 to support future volunteer trail work
  • Local employment and work experience training for over 106 people since 2006
  • Over 200 local business sponsors (includes 42 milestone partners donating over $10,000+ each)
  • Establishment of www.shuswaptrails.com as the regional online trails guide
  • Seventh 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, the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce Community Booster of the Year, and is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

Check out the most recent Shuswap Trails Background Brief here.

And check out Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo's 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 & Trails BC, BC Parks, and the BC Rural Dividend Program, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, Sexqéltkemc Lakes Division - Adams Lake Band, Neskonlith Band, Splatsin, 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 MRDT (Hotel Tax), Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, Community Futures Shuswap, Thompson Rivers University, the Shuswap Community Foundation, Salmar Community Association, BC Healthy Communities, Shuswap Lady Striders, Backcountry Horsemen of BC, Horse Council 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, BC Timber Sales, Tim Hortons, BC Sound, Browne Johnson, BDO Canada,K3 Cat Ski, the Barley Station, and the hundreds of individuals and volunteers around the Shuswap who are making our communities healthier.


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What's New
West Bay Trail Working Group Memorandum of Understanding Signing
Fri Jan 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
@ Pierre's Point Log Building
A safe connection between the City of Salmon Arm and neighbouring Indigenous band lands takes a giant leap forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the West Bay Connector Trail in January.
Annual Shuswap Trail Alliance Fundraiser/Dance
Fri Feb 7, 2020   6:30 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
The Tickets for our Annual Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser on Friday, February 7th, 2020 are now ON SALE! You can pick up your tickets exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm, while supplies last! Tickets are $45, cash or cheque only. Reserve tables are also available for $100 donation plus a group of 10 tickets purchased. Every dollar raised goes to supporting trail projects throughout the Shuswap.
Information Session for all South Canoe trail users
Thu Feb 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
@ Salmon Recreation Center in Room 1
For all South Canoe Trail users, come and learn about one of our beloved trail networks.
Salty Dog
Sat May 9, 2020 @ 9:30 am
@ South Canoe Trail Head Parking Lot
Riders from near and far gather for the annual spring classic at our very own South Canoe Trail System for what has become one of the largest mountain bike events in BC, and certainly one of the most anticipated. Hosted by our good friends at Skookum Cycle and Ski!
West Bay Trail Working Group Memorandum of Understanding Signing
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The Shuswap, British Columbia, Secwepemc Territory - A safe connection between the City of Salmon Arm and neighbouring Indigenous band lands takes a giant leap forward with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the West Bay Connector Trail in January.
Give the gift of Shuswap Trails for Christmas
Thursday, December 12, 2019
News Release Updated: December 12, 2019   Give the gift of Shuswap Trails for Christmas   The Shuswap, British Columbia, Secwepemc Territory – They’re here! Those coveted Shuswap Trail Party tickets have arrived just in time to continue giving the gift of trails this Christmas! Who knew going outside for a walk or ride would turn into one of the hottest sell-out items of the season in the Shuswap?    15 years ago regional leadership launched the what-if idea of Shuswap communities working together to support each other in the creation of trails and pathways.
 

 
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