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May 13, 2016: 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 for the Sunday Salty Dog Enduro. Please stop in at the Shuswap Trails and Tourism tents Saturday at the Salty Street Fair in Salmon Arm, and enjoy those Shuswap trails! Lots in progress - thanks for your patience where things are still under construction or awaiting spring maintenance - please let us know what you think through the trail report hotline at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

Logging Update around South Canoe Trails: (as of May 13th) The local woodlot licensee will be starting to harvest on the Woodlot in South Canoe this Monday, May 16th, after the Salty Dog is completed. They've moved the feller buncher up there and will start falling Monday. The rest of the equipment will be moved sometime later next week with hauling activities to follow shortly after. The block being harvested is at the very top of the hill, on the spur road to the right at the 4.5 km road intersection. Estimate is for about a month of activities. There are no bike trails on the block being harvested, just logging truck traffic on the main East Canoe Creek FSR. Be vigilant.

And check out the beautiful new kiosk at South Canoe: huge huge thanks to Richard Millard who designed and built the new trialhead kiosk (its beautiful! - only the tin to add to the roof), the City of Salmon Arm who provided funding, Hinbo Construction who donated all the lumber and materials, and Veda Roberge (STA Project Manager) who is coordinating the project and laying out the final kiosk sign with the South Canoe Trail Advisory, City of Salmon Arm, and Rec Sites and Trails BC. Yay everyone - its finally happening thanks to all of you! Just a few more tweaks to that map design. . .stay tuned!

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Remember to take a stick and flick debris from the trail. If you see anything of concern report it to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com.

Summer Trail Crew Positions: if you're a student, we're hoping to hire pending funding through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Details here.

New Plans and Materials Registry for South Canoe Trails: Check out the new season of plans for the South Canoe Trail System plus a registry of materials needed here. Lots already done - but lots more to do. Help still needed :)

Notice of Forestry Road Construction around Blind Bay White Lake Trail to Balmoral: Final construction continues on the scheduled forestry road between White Lake and Balmoral near the Blind Bay White Lake Trail System. Trail users are asked to use extra using the trails. BC Timber Sales Forestry staff have been working with CSRD Parks, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and local trail stewards to ensure trail users are aware and stay safe. Watch for signage at key crossings near the road work. Our thanks to BCTS for their continued leadership working with us to plan and maintain the recreational trail system within the timber harvest license areas.

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And if you missed this year's Shuswap Trail Alliance ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on March 2nd at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus. Check out the progress report package and slide presentation on 2015 and the 2016 season to come - report package here and slide presentation here.

Plus check out the special report on the Torres del Paine, Patagonia partnership through the very cool presentation assembled by our super-awesome Facebook Coordinator, D'Arcy McLeod, using photos, film footage, and the CBC Interview with STA Project Manager, Veda Roberge, and Technical Trails Specialist, Sutra Brett. Click here.

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.


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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