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About the Area

Wetyk! (Welcome)

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 and kiosks throughout the region to pick up hard copies of the Shuswap Trail Guide, and enjoy those Shuswap trails!

We invite you to browse our website to discover the growing Shuswap Trails system (its growing and changing every month!), and encourage you to experience the Shuswap first hand by visiting our area here within the southeastern corner of Secwepemc First Nations Territory, and the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada.

To plan your complete Shuswap Trails visit, please check out the Shuswap Tourism website at shuswaptourism.ca. And check out upcoming events and programs throughout the region at shuswapevent.

The Shuswap Lake region is one of the most popular recreational destinations in BC situated halfway between Calgary and Vancouver along the TransCanada Highway, and just north of the Okanagan on Highway 97. The approx. 400 km of shoreline contains many provincial parks and offers unlimited water related recreational opportunities. The region boasts over 50 rural communities in the surrounding valleys, rivers, mountains, and lakes woven with a growing greenway and blueway trail system for walking, running, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and paddling. (Check out the hard copy version of this website - the Shuswap Trails Guide, as well as the accompanying winter Nordic trail guide.) And a remarkable network of rural roads that make wonderful cycle touring routes (check out the Shuswap Cycle Touring Guide.)

As well, the region supports a variety of off-highway (OHV) motorized travel routes including snowmobiling, motorbiking, and ATVing. (Grab a copy of the Backroads Mapbook - available in many local stores throughout the Province - for a good source of forestry road route info in the area. And be sure to check out the Shuswap Snowmobile Trail Guide.)

This website features the non-motorized greenway and blueway trails of the region.

All of the trails in this guide are within the Traditional Territory of the Southern Secwepemc First Nation. This is the home land of the Neskonlith Indian Band, Little Shuswap Indian Band, Adams Lake Indian
Band and the Splatsin (Spallumcheen) Band. For generations these First Nations communities have preserved the abundance of wildlife and the natural beauty of this land in their pristine environment. The flora and fauna of these Shuswap First Nation lands are a photographers dream. With all that these lands have to offer, they ask that you visit, or come to stay. The First Nation communities in this region ask in return that you treat the land and the people with respect. This is their home for the short time that they are here on Mother Earth, but it is the home of their great spirit for eternity. Please respect the First Nations Territorial Lands in the Shuswap region by obeying signs where there are sensitive cultural areas. These trails are for you to enjoy today and for the future generations of tomorrow.
 
To plan your Shuswap Trails visit, please check out the full Shuswap Tourism website at shuswaptourism.ca.

 

 
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What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Information Session for all South Canoe trail users
Sat Feb 20, 2021   7:00 pm - 12:00 am
@ Salmon Recreation Center in Room 1
For all south Canoe trail users, come and learn about one of our beloved trail systems!
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!
Annual party propels us forward into another year of trail projects
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The Shuswap, British Columbia – The sold out crowd at the annual Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser last Friday night were among the first to hear about the Shuswap Trail Alliance’s (STA) exciting new sponsor. 500 guests and volunteers filled the Salmon Arm Rec Centre auditorium to celebrate dancing to the Shawn Lightfoot Band and DJ Patrick Ryley with support from BC Sound, and raise more than $50,000 setting in motion another ambitious year of trail projects throughout the Shuswap.
Secwépemc Landmarks Project proceeds with release of Expressions of Interest for Artists
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Secwépemc Territory, British Columbia – Planning is well underway for the design and installation of 14 Secwepemc landmarks and 100 trailhead posts under the guidance of the Secwépemc Cultural Tourism Elders Committee (made up from the four local Bands) for the Secwépemc Landmarks project.
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