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Give the gift of Shuswap Trails for Christmas

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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. To help fund the effort they created what has become a sell-out celebration of trails right in the middle of winter. Regional partners came together around the idea that together we were stronger and both the Shuswap Trail Alliance and the annual Shuswap Trails Party were born.
 
"Those trail party tickets lay down the foundation for us to support regional partners and projects throughout the year," says Shuswap Trail Alliance Board Chair, Rob Marshall, noting they sell out by word-of-mouth weeks before the event. Every dollar raised is then leveraged through grants and partnerships to support trail projects throughout the Shuswap.
 
Thanks to funding in 2019, another 7 new trails were developed at Chase, White Lake, Salmon Arm, South Canoe, and Larch Hills. Funds also supported new partnerships, local government partners, more volunteers, more trail signs, improvements to existing trails, planning for the future, and further restoration efforts. Plus both the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail and the Secwepemc Landmarks and Trailhead Sign projects were launched thanks to funding support through the Province of British Columbia and Secwepemc and regional government partners.
 
“It involves the leadership of many committed people throughout the Shuswap,” acknowledges Marshall, pointing to the collaboration between Secwepemc, provincial, and local government leadership, stewardship organizations, industry, community sectors, and trail user groups. The Shuswap Trail Alliance also gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of British Columbia.
 
This year's Shuswap Trail Party fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, February 7th, 2020 features the Shawn Lightfoot Band with DJ Partico's Patrick Ryley keeping the dance floor packed, locally made applies fresh from the DeMille's Farm kitchen, and another silent auction table featuring more uniquely Shuswap experiences.
 
Tickets to the Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser are available now exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm (Tickets $45, cash or cheque only). Reserve tables also available for $100 donation plus a group of 10 tickets purchased.
 
To make a cash or auction donation contact Sylvia at auction@shuswaptrails.com or phone 250-832-3435. For information on the Shuswap Trail Alliance, regional partners, projects, and how to contribute, visit www.shuswaptrails.com.
 
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PSA: Give the gift of Shuswap Trails this Christmas - Tickets to the annual Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser are now available exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm (Tickets $45, cash or cheque only please. Reserve tables also available for $100 donation plus a group of 10 tickets purchased.) The event features the Shawn Lightfoot Band, DJ Partico Patrick Ryley, catering by DeMilles, the Barley Station's Trail Head IPA, bar tending by the Firehall #3 team, a fully stocked Silent Auction table, wine pull, 50/50 draw, plus more best-of-the-year photos from Shuswap Trails at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre on Friday, February 7th, 2020. To make a cash or auction donation contact Sylvia at auction@shuswaptrails.com or phone 250-832-3435. For information on the Shuswap Trail Alliance, regional partners, projects, and how to contribute, visit www.shuswaptrails.com.
 
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Photo: Shuswap Trail Party tickets support trail work throughout the Shuswap – volunteers, trail crew, and design specialists work together to design, develop, and care for trails, pathways, and active transportation corridors throughout the Shuswap. Support the efforts of the Shuswap Trail Alliance through the region. Tickets to the annual Shuswap Trails Party & Fundraiser are now available exclusively at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm (Tickets $45, cash or cheque only please. Reserve tables also available for $100 donation plus a group of 10 tickets purchased.) To make a cash or auction donation contact Sylvia at auction@shuswaptrails.com or phone 250-832-3435. For information on the Shuswap Trail Alliance, regional partners, projects, and how to contribute, visit www.shuswaptrails.com.
 
For more information contact:
 
Phil McIntyre-Paul
The Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-804-1964
phil@shuswaptrails.com
www.shuswaptrails.com

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