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COVID-19 Trail Update 

We support our community's safe and responsible use of trails while we are social-distancing and following health guidelines. If you choose to do so, DO:

  • Hike/Ride/Explore on your own (tell someone where you're going) or with people you live with
  • Keep at least 2m/6ft away from anyone not in your household - this includes taking seperate vehicles if necessary
  • Check in with yourself and friends you plan to meet for any symptoms 
  • Use trails in your home community
  • Make smart and conservative choices on the trails - now is not the time to push your limits and risk getting hurt
  • Wash your hands when you get home
  • Be responsible and show the community you care!

BC Parks Closed - note that all BC Parks and the trails within them are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigations by the province. In our area, these include Herald Park (Margaret Falls), Eagle River Nature Trails and Yard Creek, Tsutswecw Provincial Park at Adams River, and Enderby Cliffs.   

Weytk! (Hello) Welcome to Secwepemc Territory and the Shuswap - Although travel is currently not recommended, we invite you to explore our beautiful region online. We look forward to hosting you in person when restrictions are lifted by the Provincial Health Officer.

Spring is coming on the trails - The trails and parks of the Shuswap are a slowly emerging from winter. As you recreate safely in small groups, enjoying spring, keep in mind there will be many trees down across all trail networks. As the trails start to melt out please try to minimise trail damage and avoid using trails which are soft and give the trails a chance to dry out. Winter has brought heavy snow loads and wind. The trails have a lot of blow down and could possess potential hazard! The Shuswap Trail Alliance trail crew has started their work with the CSRD and the City of Salmon Arm clearing trails. Please report any trail damage, Danger Trees as well as trees blocking trails to the trail report. These reports help a lot.
Email We also check the trail reports on the Trailforks app at

Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail just took a giant step forward! the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District have successfully concluded the purchase of the the CP Rail Corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong. Working in partnership with Splatsin and the regional municipal governments, the corridor will be "used for recreational opportunities, including walking and cycling, while retaining it for future transportation and economic development needs. There is also long-term potetnial to connect this corridor to the Okanagan Rail Trail, which is currently under development, connecting the City of Kelowna to the District of Coldstream." (Check out the full news release here.)

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is pleased to continue to support the efforts of the Splatsin and local RDNO/CSRD regional and municipal governments in the next phases of planning and development. It is an unprecedented opportunity to realize what Splatsin Kupki7 (Chief) Wayne Christian and Council have described as telling the true story of this place.
There have been inquries on how to contribute funding toward Rail-Trail development, which will be unrolled formally over the next few months - but early contributions to the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail have already been coming in. To respond, the STA has a Rail-Trail Reserve Fund in place to hold early contributions ready to transfer over, and is able to issue charitable tax receipts.
As well, the STA will continue to act as a liaison point with community leadership and organizations. We have been priviledged to grow relationships with the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Trails Society and Vernon's Ribbons-of-Green thanks to the Rail-Trail initaitive, as well as the NorthOkanagan Historical Society. We hope to host a joint support meeting shortly, and would welcome hearing from interested organizations that have not yet been in touch.
The STA has also been working behind the scenes to build relationships with inter-regional partners toward linking the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail-Trail initiative with the Central Okanagan Rail Trail and the Southern Trails-to-the-Okanagans initiative. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has also taken a proactive role in supporting this effort. We look forward to growing these relationships in 2018.
In the meantime, please congratulate all the Splatsin, CSRD, RDNO, Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Sicamous, and Salmon Arm leadership and staff - as well as gratitude to our Provincial leadership support - for modelling respectful inter-government collaboration at its very best in the interest of more accountable, healthier, active, and economically resilient communities.
And watch for further updates to come as leadership throughout the region work together to establish this unprecedented recreational greenway trail for the Shuswap. A Q&A information sheet on the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Corridor Acquisition and the Alternate Approval Process is available through the CSRD (view the CSRD FAQ here) and the Regional District of North Okanagan (view the RDNO FAQ here). For an overview of the Rail-Trail vision, including the link with the Central and South Okanagan Rail-Trail initiatives, check out the presentation here. And the original info brief here. And be sure to let your local leadership know you support them in this important work of acquiring, building, and maintaining the corridor as an asset for future generations.
Also - be sure to send support to the Okanagan Rail-Trail Initiative working on the Rail-Trail between Vernon and Kelowna.  We're all working together to see these two new sections of Rail-Trail link up with similar trail efforts in the South Okanagan (Trails to the Okanagan and the KVR Rail Trail). Imagine: riding a bicycle from Sicamous to Osoyoos...not so crazy an idea anymore!

New Trails Built in 2017 ready for you to explore: despite the crazy wind-flood-wind-fire-wind-snow season we had this year, trail stewards, volunteers, munipcal/regional/and provincial community partners, funding supporters, clubs, school groups, business teams, Rapattack, the STA trail team, and so many others worked very, very hard in 2017. The result is an incredible 10 new trails added (yes 10!), totalling over 12,000 metres. Check out the links below (and be sure to explore the hot new geo-referenced pdf map links c/o CSRD GIS department):

NEW! Geo-Referenced PDF Maps: yes! - They've arrived, and more are getting added all the time, thanks to the spectacular new partnership with the great folks at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District GIS Department. As part of the Shuswap Tourism and Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable partnership agreements, the CSRD GIS office has taken on acting as the central hub for all final master trail mapping GIS files. That means as we all work together throughout the Shuswap to develop trails and map changes it will all be coordinated in one place and updated to the online Shuswap Trails website guide. You will see the new Geo-Referenced PDF maps as links in the body of each trail description posted here. Not all trails have new maps, but many do, and more are getting created, updated, and added all the time. So be sure to keep checking back. Maps can be printed, or uploaded into mobile apps like Avenzas PDF Maps, which let these pdf's function as a base map with your phone's gps system. Our sincere thanks to all the talented, passionate, and committed GIS folks at the CSRD. And special thanks, also, to the new Salmon Arm MRDT Hotel Tax funding that is also supporting this initiative. Thank you all!

Trail Notices: check for update notices on trail conditions throughout the region. But please remember - while we make every effort to keep info postings up-to-date there's lots going on so we may have missed something. Let us know through the hotline. Other good sources of current trail info online include the Shuswap Bike Club website at, Larch Hills Nordic at, and trail sites like our good friends at
Jan 06 2019: Margaret Falls Trail is currently closed to public use as recent heavy snow has downed trees, damaged facilities and caused significant risk to public safety. A damage assessment is currently underway and this page will be updated as soon as further details about the damage are available. BC Park's updates can be found here.  

Shuswap Trail Alliance Annual Report: if you missed the meeting, check out the report package and slide presentation.

Love Your Trails: Shuswap Trail Alliance Memberships 2020 - support 2020 trail projects with a membership. Get the mail-in member form here, or join online here.

Book the TrailRider - visit the Shuswap TrailRider Adaptive Adventure Society for details.

For more news and updates from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the Shuswap Trails Roundtable and Strategy, and the Sicamous-Armstrong Rail-Trail click here.


Be sure to report trail needs: enjoy trails throughout the Shuswap. And remember to report any issues you see to



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  • 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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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!
Rail Trail restrictions to address unauthorized motorized use
Monday, May 11, 2020
Media Release: May 11, 2020   Rail Trail restrictions to address unauthorized motorized use   The Shuswap – North Okanagan, Splatsin Secwepemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – Sunny days are seeing more people heading outside on local trails as a recreational option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

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