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Wetyk! Welcome to Secwepemc Territory and the Shuswap - a great big welcome to all our guests from out of town and far away. We're stoked you're here. Please stop in at the Shuswap Tourism Visitor Centres to pick up hard copies of the Shuswap Trail Guide, and enjoy those Shuswap trails!


July 10/2017: Extreme Fire Warning: we remind all trail users that trails in the Shuswap are all within the Extreme Fire Warning area. Absolutely no open fires or campfires. Avoid use of cigarettes. Vehicles should be parked away from flammable vegetation at designated trail heads. Please obey all trail closure notices and check the BC Wildfire report regularly for updates, and be prepared to evacuate an area quickly. 
 
Please report any signs of fire immediately. To report a wildfire call toll-free 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. 
 
And to all Shuswap trail stewards, please remember: absolutely no use of chainsaws or other power equipment to remove dead fall trees or maintain trails is allowed at this time. Please continue to report trees down to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com, but know that fallen trees will not be removed until the fire ban is lifted. This applies to both in-community and front/backcountry recreational trails throughout the region. Thanks for your patience.
 
Our deepest gratitude to everyone working on monitoring conditions and responding to the fires throughout the province. 
 
Please stay safe everyone!

June 20/2017: Timber Harvest Work along Larch Hills Traverse on Metford Road above South Canoe - Canoe Forest Products (CFP) has begun road upgrades/reactivation activities along the upper section of Metford Rd. (106.000 Rd) beginning around 4.5km from the South Canoe trailhead, and heading north out of the woodlot. Recreational users can expect to find to tracked equipment (excavators), dump trucks, crew trucks and fallers working along this section of road Mon – Fri 3am – 6pm for the next few weeks. Where work is occurring road crews will have signs up indicating controlled access through the work site area. Users wishing to access the Larch Hills Traverse through this area may consider using Ravens Run as an alternate route around the road work. (See the map link for details.)

June 15/2017: Trail Closure Updates at Rubberhead Trail System - Canoe Forest Products has completed harvesting of cut block ER7106-7 in the Rubberhead Area and all harvesting equipment has left that site. Trails are free and clear of debris. CFP’s harvesting contractor – DR Moore of Salmon Arm did an excellent job working in and around the trails which has made that job all that much easier. Site prep of the cutblock, which entails piling of slash in the cutblock and deactivation of trails and landings is still required and may occur later this summer/fall. When that is scheduled CFP will evaluate what trails closures, if any may be required and let us know. In the mean time all of the trail closure signs are down and the area is good to go for riding. Riders should take time to enjoy the new views.

That being said, the 110.000 road system is still being utilized by heavy industrial traffic and will be through the summer months. Specifically, logging trucks and harvesting equipment are operating off of the 110.071 road at 6km on the 110 (spur to the right of the A-Frame), as well as road building crews are operating along the 110.101 (access to Muffin Top) as well as up the 110.000 past upper Ravine. The decked wood along the 110 road is also being processed and hauled out so equipment can be expected there as well.
 
As mentioned in previous notices: Road users are cautioned to drive/bike with care, yield to industrial traffic and obey all posted work site signs. Crew trucks, graders, tracked equipment, low beds and logging trucks may be encountered at anytime Mon – Fri 5am – 6pm for the next several weeks. The posted road channel for the 110 road system is RR20. Road building and logging crews are aware that this is high public use area. That said, individuals are asked to respect the industrial use/nature of the road as well.
 
Once again, we thank Canoe Forest Products staff and contractors for their ongoing collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Shuswap Bike Club, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and other trail stewardship organizations - and for their support and extra care reopenning trails and reinstalling trail signs following harvest.

The Shuswap-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail Vision took two major steps forward this spring - first with the announcement of funding support by the Province of BC to partner with our local municipal and regional governments who have been working with Splatsin Chief and Council to acquire the remainder of the abandoned corridor. And secondly, the subsequent decision by the Municipal/Regional governments of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and North Okanagan Regional District to proceed with the process of assembling the balance of funds needed for acquisition. A Q&A information sheet on the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Corridor Acquisition and the Alternate Approval Process currently underway is now available through the CSRD (view the CSRD FAQ here) and the Regional District of North Okanagan (view the RDNO FAQ here), following which final purchase of the abandoned rail corridor will proceed with funding support from the Province. For an overview of the Rail-Trail vision, including the link with the Central and South Okanagan Rail-Trail initiatives, check out the presentation here. And be sure to let your local leadership know you support them in this important work of acquiring, building, and maintaining the corridor as an asset for future generations.

Stuck finding a present for Canada's 150 Birthday??  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. It's our way of saying Happy Birthday Canada - by remembering we've got another 150 years to make sure we take better care of everything! The goal is to invest $150,000 in the fund for Canada's 150th, so consider becoming a Canada 150 Super Trail Blazer with a contribution of $1000 or more. Click here.

Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the meeting, check out the report package and slide presentation.

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!


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.

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

For more news and updates from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the Shuswap Trails Roundtable and Strategy, and the Sicamous-Armstrong Rail-Trail click here.

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Be sure to report trail needs: enjoy trails throughout the Shuswap. And remember to report any issues you see to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

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The Shuswap Trails website is dedicated to helping people from around the world find their trail in the Shuswap. Whether it be by foot, by mountain bike, by horseback, or by canoe, this site will guide you towards amazing trail experiences in the sunny Shuswap.

Use our new interactive Trail map to help you find trails by their region within the Shuswap.


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Caution!

  • Always go prepared and use your common sense
  • Always tell someone when and where you are going
  • Many trails are not maintained - use at your own risk
  • Many trails are accessible only by active logging roads requiring 2-way radio communication, or deactivated logging roads requiring four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicles.
  • Watch for wildlife and avoid areas showing recent signs of black bears, grizzly bears and cougars.
  • Before heading out, check with local contacts to make sure the trails and roads are safe.

Tips for Safety

  • Bring applicable maps, along with a compass or GPS device.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring sufficient food and water.
  • Carry identification (including name, phone number and pertinent medical information), and record your bicycle serial number
  • Bring a portable phone or other communication device, along with pertinent phone numbers (ie. emergency numbers)
  • Travel with a partner when possible
  • Stay alert, be observant about your surroundings, avoid areas where visibility is poor, and don't wear headsets.
  • Avoid unfamiliar areas when on the trails alone and follow your intuition about unfamiliar people.
  • Trails are shared by a variety of users at the same time. Please be courteous to all users, and remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. Stay to the right of the trails.
  • Cyclists should pull off the trail when stopping, give a voice, bell, or horn warning when passing others, wear helmets and ride at reasonable speeds.
  • Wear reflective material and carry a whistle or a noisemaker.
  • Where pets are allowed, keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
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The Shuswap Trail Alliance assumes no responsibility for the safety of any persons, animals or equipment when using the trails listed in this website. Use at your own risk.

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See Full Map
What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Shuswap Beachwalkers
Sat Sep 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am
@ Gillespie Road Park
Come join us for a walk on the foreshore - every 3rd Saturday of the month. Everybody and anybody welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome
Shuswap Beachwalkers
Sat Aug 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am
@ Gillespie Road Park
Come join us for a walk on the foreshore - every 3rd Saturday of the month. Everybody and anybody welcome. Dogs on leashes welcome
Trail Volunteers Rock the Shuswap
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
News Release: June 14, 2017 Trail Volunteers Rock the Shuswap   The Shuswap, British Columbia - Oh my goodness THANK YOU! To all the volunteers who have been working out on Shuswap Trails: You Rock! So many of you have taken to the trails over the last weeks following the flooding and wind storms, and lifted and flicked and cut your way through the jungle of blowdown to get the trails open again - from Enderby Cliffs to Reinecker Creek to Rubberhead to South Canoe to Mt Baldy and Scotch Creek.
Patagonia trail leadership exchange links Shuswap with Chile
Sunday, May 14, 2017
News Release: May 14, 2017 Patagonia trail leadership exchange links Shuswap with Chile The Shuswap, British Columbia - Patagonia trail leadership exchange - exciting news! We are delighted to announce the arrival of Christian Andrade and Nataly Gonzalez Bascuñan from Torres del Paine, Patagonia, who join us for a three month volunteer exchange right here in the Shuswap.
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