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?
Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report
Wed Mar 1, 2017 7:00 pm - Mar 1, 2017
@ Okanagan College - Salmon Arm
The Shuswap Trail Alliance's Annual General Meeting, including progress reporting, volunteer updates, and year-in-review slide presentation.
Shuswap Trails Annual Dance/Silent Auction
Fri Feb 3, 2017 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
@ SASCU Community Centre
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
SCARECROW is getting back together just for the Annual Shuswap Trails Party and Fundraiser. This one final farewell show on Friday February 3rd 2017, helps to raise the critical funds to support Shuswap Trails throughout the region in 2017. . .and Celebrate Canada's 150th!
Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
News Release July 5, 2016 Trail-Mix: Artists, photographers, and guides explore the Shuswap in latest gallery exhibition The Shuswap, British Columbia - The latest project from the Shuswap District Arts Council joins forces with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to bring together over 40 participating contributors in a remarkable exploration of the Shuswap natural and cultural landscape through its diverse trail system.
Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails
Friday, May 20, 2016
News Release May 20, 2016 Brand new Pocket Park gets kids out on bikes and trails The Shuswap, British Columbia - It's official! The brand new CSRD Mt Tuam Community Bike Park is open in Blind Bay. The pocket park, funded and built by CSRD Parks in collaboration with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, is the perfect play spot for novice mountain bikers to practice riding on trails with a short easy green loop and a slightly more challenging but still short blue loop, plus an up trail to get you back to the start to try again.