About the Area
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.
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.
What's News on the Shuswap Trails?
Social Responsibility Day
Thu Apr 27, 2017
The Shuswap Trail Alliance hosts one of the volunteer sites for the Annual Student Social Responsibility Day. Watch for more details to come.
Trail Building Workshop (Shuswap Cycling Club)
Sat Apr 22, 2017
The Shuswap Cycling Club is excited to host a Level 1 Trail Workshop April 22nd and 23rd, sponsored by Rec Sites and Trails BC.
Province announces funding to grow Shuswap trails
Friday, March 10, 2017
News Release March 10, 2017 Province announces funding to grow Shuswap trails The Shuswap, British Columbia - "The work partners throughout the Shuswap have done to enhance tourism and grow outdoor recreational opportunities is remarkable," said Shuswap MLA, Greg Kyllo, announcing a funding commitment of $98,061.
Shuswap Trail Alliance grows partnership with Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
News Release February 21, 2017 Shuswap Trail Alliance grows partnership with Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile The Shuswap, British Columbia – “This trail is ten times harder than anything we’ve done yet,” says technical trails specialist, Jacob ‘Sutra’ Brett, with the Shuswap Trail Alliance.