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Shuswap Trails Are Open. . . Please practice safe trail use, and continue to update us with Trail Reports on the conditions of the local trails thorughout the Shuswap. This helps us identify work needed, update respective trail managers and partners, and to track trail issues. And if you're interested in helping out by setting out on your own personal or family/friends bubble volunteer adventure to help clean, clear, fix, or finish a local trail, give us a shout. We'll get you set up and ensure the local trail managers know, too.
 
Make your trail report via email at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com or on the trailfork app at www.trailforks.comOr leave a message at 250-832-0102.
 
Enjoy local trails and be courteous to other users.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is hiring! We are looking for a suitable, committed candidate with the right mix of business management and administrative experience to join the Shuswap Trail Alliance team, in a fast paced office, for a 1-year part-time contract as the Interim Business Coordinator. Details regarding the position, and how to apply, can be found here.


Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail is Moving Forward - The greewnay linking Sicamous to Armstrong with a 50 kilometer rail-trail that will utlimately connect to the central Okanagan Rail Trail, continues to move forward with technical designs being completed in September, and capital fundraising underway. 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 is assisting the jurisdictional partners in the role of Secretariat and Project Manager, as well as being the meeting point for community engagement and support. Find out more here.


Check out the new trails built last year by visiting the online trail guide (click on the Trail Icon above right), and watch for more new additions underway 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 are working very, very hard. 

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 2020 - support 2020 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.

2020 Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual General Meeting and Report: POSTPONED TO FALL 2020 - Thanks for your patience everyone as we navigate around the current meeting restrictions.  The STA Board will be hosting the AGM later this fall. Reports will come out then too. But for an idea of the collective work done by partners through the Shuswap Trail Alliance check out these links to last year's 2019 AGM Meeting Package (including 2018 Financial Statements), Annual Executive Directors Report, and the Presentation Slides chock full of photos from trail projects. Watch for more updates and photos at the 2020 AGM to come!

Plus we're continuing to grow the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership Our partnership continues, with the successful volunteer exchanges in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and our Technical Trail Specialist, Sutra Brett journeying down to consult on sustainable trail assessments and planning. 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.

15 Successful Years

The Shuswap Trail Alliance has taken on over 300 projects, 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

Check out our 2020 Shuswap Trails Fundraising Sponsors here. And our Milestone, Landmark, and Legacy funding partners below. . .

 
What's New
Go By Bike Week
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:00 am  -  Oct 4, 2020 12:00 am
@ Wherever you ride
Go By Bike Week is Sept 28 – Oct 4

The Shuswap Cycling Club is excited to host Go By Bike Week again this year. Things of course will look a little different but we have some fun events and great prizes for you.
Erosion & overpass add costs to rail trail development plan
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Splatsin Secwepemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – After a year of research, a draft development plan for the greenway rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong has identified some challenges that will require additional work and increase the total cost of the project.
Secwépemc Landmarks Project receives Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000
Monday, August 10, 2020
Secwépemc Landmarks Project receives Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000   The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Secwépemc Territory, British Columbia – The Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Secwépemc Landmarks Project, with support and in partnership with Splatsín, Adams Lake Band, the Neskonlith Band, Shuswap Tourism, the City of Salmon Arm, and the Province of British Columbia, have been awarded a Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000 under the Heritage Awareness Program.
 

 
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