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South Canoe Trail System

Salmon Arm & Area
Distance: 1-12 km (various loops)
Difficulty: Easy to Most Difficult
Duration: 0.5-2.5 Hours (round trip)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking Horse Trail Snow Shoeing

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:


Trail Description:

A large network of trails built and used by hikers, local equestrian riders, and mountain bikers, as well as snowshoers in the winter. Under the newly developed management plan driven by local trail stewards, the system is receiving new trail signage, several reroutes and new trail additions.

South Canoe is a busy trail destination, with regular use by people hiking, snowshoeing, riding bicycles, and riding horses. It also provides access to the Larch Hills trail system above, as well as the Larch Hills Traverse. In the winter, it is sometimes possible to ski to the Larch Hills Nordic trails. In addition, ATV and motorcycles use the forestry road during the summer. The South Canoe trail system includes one of the main mountain biking trail systems in Salmon Arm. It houses such trails as the Flying Nun, PPT, Paranoia, Malibu, Upper and Lower Schizo, The Cut, Lumpy, K/C, Mo Buttah, Dirty Gerbil, and the Salty Dog circuit. The trails range in difficulty, with the easier trails below the radio tower, and the more difficult ones above. South Canoe is the home of the very popular Salty Dog 6 hour Enduro mountain bike race. It is also the west trailhead to the Larch Hills Traverse epic corss-country trail, and access for local equestrian riders including nearby stables like Top Line.

Five new trails have been recently added: for mountain biking there's the new fast and flowy Flying Nun trail, PPT2, the Novice Trail backloop, and the new Undercut connector.  And as part of improved equestrian friendly trails in the area, there's the lovely new Hobby Horse trail that starts right at the trailhead and weaves its way to the top of the first bench. New trail signs indicate which trails are mountain bike, EQ, or shared. All trails are open to hikers (but use downhill mountain bike trails with caution), and snowshoeing. Watch for new upgrades and additions to come.

Trail Info: Lower Trail Map (shows lower trail use designations and direction arrows for uphill and downhill trails)

Temporary Update Trail Maps: Lower Malibu Trails and Upper Trails (shows overall trail designations)

New! Geo-Referenced PDF Map | Malibu Trail Map 


ACCESS: East of Salmon Arm on Hwy 1, turn south at the Hwy 97B intersection and travel 2km, then turn left/east onto 10th Ave SE. Follow to the end where it turns to gravel and park on the left. Trail users access both the lower Malibu trails and the upper trails (Prudential, Paranoia, Katie Colin Memorial, Schizo, You May Be Right, the Cut, Lumpy, Mo'Butta, Lee's Trail, and the full Salty Dog circuit) from the trail entry in the middle of the parking lot fence. An ATV/motorcycle access onto the logging road is also available just next to the locked gate. Please do not park in front of the gate. It is used by gravel and logging trucks.


Did You Know? The South Canoe Trails are managed by volunteer stewards in partnership with the City of Salmon Arm and Recreation Sites and Trails BC. Under a Management Plan and Partnership Agreement with both the City and the Province, the Shuswap Trail Alliance supports a local Stewardship Advisory to guide maintenance, signage, and trail planning in the area, and act as a meeting point for interest groups.

For more information on the South Canoe Trail Advisory and to get involved, click here.

Sign up for regular trail updates & bulletins from the South Canoe Advisory/Shuswap Trail Alliance by sending your email to:



Metford road which runs through our biking/hiking area is active logging and multi-use forestry road. Watch for motorized vehicles and logging trucks. Stay away from forestry equipment and active logging areas. Watch for bears and respect other users on trails. Make noise and control speed.


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