Shuswap Trail News – Oct 20th

Shuswap Trail Alliance

Shuswap Trail Bulletin – October 20, 2012

Is that a dusting of snow on those hills? Winter trails are beckoning, but the larch are still yellow, so lots of fall walks, rides, and paddles can still be found. Don’t let the weather stop you! And for inspiration – check out the sudden flurry of upcoming films. Whoa!

Check this weekend’s bulletin for these highlights:

  • Join Shuswap Trails at The Clean Bin documentary – Oct 21
  • Reel Change Sustainability Film Fest – Oct 22
  • Shuswap Trail Stewards: Invasive Plant ID & Iris Pull – Oct 27
  • Larch Hills Nordic Annual Ski Swap – Oct 27
  • Shuswap Trails Fall Planning Review and Celebration – Nov 3
  • Warren Millar Ski Film (Skookum) & Larch Hills Ski Team fundraiser – Nov 9
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival Best-of-the-Fest (SAS&R) – Nov 10
  • Shuswap Photo Arts Club Presentation – Nov 18
  • Regional Rec Trail Access Planning – public input continues
  • Trail Bulletins: Fall Hunting Season continues, South Canoe trail upgrades coming, Haney Nature Trail bridge upgraded
  • Congratulations to Bike for Life

Here’s the details. . .

Join Shuswap Trails at The Clean Bin documentary tomorrow – Oct 21th – In honor of Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada, the CSRD’s Solid Waste Department is hosting a free showing of the documentary “The Clean Bin Project” at the Salmar Classic Theatre on October 21, doors open at 6:30pm, movie shows at 7:00pm. Cost: free with a donation to the food bank.

Shuswap Tourism, The Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society will be on hand with displays about their programs and showcase the beauty of our area, providing even more incentive to protect our planet!  Bastion Elementary Kindergarten Students are putting together a “what is recyclable” display to help educate our community on what can be recycled, and Carlin School is creating posters with individual messages that they want to share about how to protect our planet.

The Clean Bin Project is a documentary about  Grant and Jen who pledged to try to buy no more “stuff” and produce zero landfill waste for one year. No buying clothing or DVDs, no make-up or i-pods, no fancy running shoes, sparkly headbands or duct tape, no plastic patio lanterns, saran wrap or handmade pottery mugs. . . . you get the idea.  The film follows their year of trying to live consumer and waste-free and explores the larger issues of garbage in North America. Featuring interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, the film presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action.

WRW’s “take action” message calls on all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. By showing this film, the CSRD hopes to inspire people to start talking about the issues with their friends and family, and decide to take a step to do “just one more thing” to reduce our environmental impact. Link to The Clean Bin Project: Hope to see you there!


And the exploration of alternatives continues: Reel Change Sustainability Travelling Film Fest – Monday, Oct 22nd, 7 pm, at the Salmar Classic – features two award-winning documentaries: Switch and On the Line. Switch showcases energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker as he takes a world tour to explore the future of energy. Following the film, a panel of local energy experts will lead discussion about energy efficiency and renewable energy at the global and local scales. On the Line, follows filmmakers Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan as they walk/bike/kayak Enbridge Corporation’s proposed 1,170-km pipeline route from northern Alberta to Kitimat, BC. Children/youth under 16 cost $5 for both films,  adults are $10.  Tickets are available at Wearabouts, and the Salmar. Info at Twitter: @FreshOutlook and Facebook: ReelChangeSustainabilityFilmFestivals


Regional Trail Stewards Field Day: Invasive Plant Identification Workshop & Iris Pull – Saturday, Oct 27th

You are invited…To the White Lake Iris Pull! (spread the word)
When:  Saturday, October 27, 2012
Where:  Massey’s yard in White Lake (3163 White Lake Road)
Parking:  On the road above Massey’s house, or in the John Evdokimoff Bike Park, and walk down to the Massey’s (about 30 steps)
Time:  9:00am-3:00pm

9:00 pm – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED AT 9am!  COME AND WARM YOUR INSIDES WITH HOT COFFEE AND A PANCAKE BEFORE LAUNCHING INTO THE WET, SOGGY MARSH  Breakfast served by STA volunteers.  Lunch will be provided by Tim Horton`s.  (Thanks to BC Parks and Tim Horton`s for providing event refreshments.)
10:00am – INFORMAL INVASIVE SPECIES TALK, followed by work session.

Highlights of the Day:
This event is a Shuswap Trail Alliance Stewardship event.  (The BC Wildlife Federation Wetland Keeper Course inspired us to put this all together!)  Learn about native wetland species and the invasive species trying to push into their habitat.  Discover the difference between a Yellow Flag Iris and a Cattail.  Also receive some training on effective removal and disposal of invasive plants, from a wetland and forest environment.  Mostly, come and slosh around, dig and pull and drag and haul as much yellow flag iris as we can out of Little White Lake.  This is just the start of attacking the iris, which is starting to spread to other parts of the White Lake ecosystem (BC Parks is concerned with the iris spreading into the park on Big White Lake).

BC Parks is co-hosting the White Lake Iris Pull.  There will be prizes, warming stations, BC Parks biologist on location to assist, and lots of food.  Come join the community in this effort to clean up our wetland.  White Lake is one of the treasures of the Shuswap, and we appreciate the help in keeping it clean  and functioning.  Take home lessons learned back to the wetland and trails in your own backyard!

Shovels and tools will be provided by the STA (unless you really need your favourite shovel!), and gloves for everyone from BC Parks (it really is a mucky job.  Wear old clothes!).  Bring hip waders, warm socks, rubber boots.  If you are a snorkler or scuba diver and would like to do some underwater work, there is a patch of water lilies that need to be dug out.  Could be interesting!  Bring along your gear.   Throw your canoe or kayak in, if you`d like to take a paddle.  (There are a couple boats here to borrow.)

RSVP to Carmen Massey (we want to have enough food for you:)).  250-835-8766 or We look forward to seeing you all there!

Carmen MasseyShuswap Trail Alliance, Stewardship Coordinator


Larch Hills Nordic Annual Ski Swap – Saturday, Oct 27th – The Gathering Place, 30th St. NE, Salmon Arm – The annual exchange of all things downhill, nordic, and snowboarding is back! And supports the Larch Hills Nordic Society. Sign-in 8-10:30am, Sales 11am-1pm, Pick-Up 1-2:30pm. Early equipment drop-off at Skookum Cycle & Ski Oct 20-25. Information: Allan 250-832-8484


Calling all Trail Alliance Stewards! – Fall Review and Celebration – Saturday, Nov 3rd – The 2012 summer season is drawing to a close, and we have much to celebrate and many to thank.  This was the first season of the official Shuswap Trail Alliance Stewardship Program.  Thanks to you, we had many successes along the way:  we hosted four training sessions on various trail-related subjects; trained an intrepid group of committed volunteers to effectively work on building and maintaining sustainable trails; hosted several well-attended events; and completed worked on numerous trails and greenways throughout the region.

Fall is upon us, and it is time to gather and reflect on the season that was and plan for 2013.  We are gathering at White Lake on Saturday, November 3, and invite all volunteers who have committed time and energy to the Shuswap Trail Alliance to join us for a potluck dinner, preceded by a regional trail assessment session.  If you are up for a walk, the White Lake stewards invite you to come with them up to the Lookout trail and beyond, to assess the impact of the trail from various user groups, and discuss strategies to make the trail in this area more sustainable.  Or you could just walk, and assess the beauty of the surroundings!:)

These are the details:
1-3pm  Walk “To the Lookout and Beyond”, hosted by the White Lake Stewards:  Gather at the John Evdokimoff Bike Park
4-6pm  Working session “Trail Review and Planning” at the White Lake Community Hall (3617 Parri Road)
6-8pm  Celebration:  Potluck supper, photo montage of the year, volunteer recognition: T-shirt time!

  • Bring your potluck offerings to the White Lake Hall when you arrive in the community.  There are ovens, fridges and plugs for crockpots, etc.  The hall will be open by noon for food drop-off)
  • If you have photos to share, send them to

If you are:

  • A Shuswap Trail Alliance volunteer (on the trail or off)
  • You have attended any of our training sessions
  • You would like to get more involved with the Shuswap Trail Alliance and wonder how to get connected


  • You are simply interested in spending time with a really great group of people who are doing amazing work in the community…

RSVP’s are appreciated for hall setup and numbers for dinner.  We look forward to regathering and sharing all the season’s stories.  Hope to see you there!
Carmen MasseyStewardship Program Coordinator 250-835-8766


Shuswap Photo Arts Club Special Presentation: FlyOver – Nov. 18th, 2 pm – Chris Harris from 105 Mile House will give a digital slide show at the Salmon Classic Theatre. Chris will tell stories about aviation on the Cariboo Chilcotin coast, showing aerial imagery in a stunning personally narrated digital slide show. This is a fund raising event for the camera club. Chris has presented shows twice before in Salmon Arm. Chris is promoting a new book called Flyover. Info: Wendy Clay


Recreational Trail Access Planning – Public Input Continues Send comments on recreational trails and routes that you consider a priority for improved access management throughout the Shuswap watershed – and tell us why (e.g. ecological impacts, First Nations interests, multi-use coordination, tenure questions, social conflicts, new opportunities, etc) to

The Shuswap Recreational Access and Trail Management Planning process will include an inventory of existing and proposed recreational trails throughout the watershed, an environmental audit of those trail systems, First Nations reviews, community participation to establish management priorities, and the creation of a Shuswap Trails Protocol to give direction to future planning and management.

Local organizations are invited to assist with the Recreational Access and Trail Management Plan. To get involved please call 250-832-0102.


Nov 9&10 is Outdoor Movie Weekend Extraordaire in the Shuswap: Lets pack the Salmar Theatre and raise funds for two very important outdoor programs!

Warren Miller’s Flow State – Friday, November 9, 7pm – The annual movie celebration of alpine skiing hosted by Skookum Cycle and Ski raises funds for the Larch Hills Nordic Race Team. Doors open 6pm at the Salmar Classic Theatre. Tickets available at Skookum or from your favorite Larch Hills Nordic Racer. Delicious local refreshments will be served and lots of valuable prizes given away.

The Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival – Saturday, November 10, 7 pm at the Salmar Classic, Salmon Arm hosted by our good friends at the Shuswap Search and Rescue Society. The Banff Mountain Film Best-of-the-Fest is an important source of revenue for Search and Rescue. Please help us support the important service these dedicated volunteers provide our communities. This is a very popular event so get your tickets early at Wearabouts. HEY – LET’S SHOW S&R OUR SUPPORT AND SELL IT OUT EARLY!



South Canoe Trail Upgrades and Signs: Lower Malibu Trails – Yes – finally! After a long summer and fall of planning and approvals, the City of Salmon Arm will proceed with support for upgrades and signage of the lower Malibu trails. Watch for information at the trailhead to go up next week, check out the test trail signs, and watch out for trail work. For more information or to add your name to the trail stewardship contact list, email or call 250-832-0102.

Haney Nature Trails: Bridge Upgrade – the nature trails at Haney Village and Museum just got even better – and right in time for the upcoming annual Spooktacular (Oct 27&28). The Shuswap Trail Alliance worked with the Haney Society and City of Salmon Arm to repair the west trail bridge last week. The bridge now includes an improved boardwalk approach and safer crossing. The project was made possible by funding support from the City of Salmon Arm and the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, and builds on the long-time support of the Rotary Club who funded and built the original bridge. Visit the Haney Village park and check it out The 18th Annual Spooktacular at Haney Village runs Oct 27 & 28 starting at 4:30 pm.

Peak Hunting Season Continues through to December – The Shuswap Trail Alliance is working with the BC Wildlife Federation and other partners to remind everyone using wilderness trails through crown land to stay safe during hunting season. Wear highly visable clothing, keep to main trails, make noise when approaching a curve or uphill climb, avoid animal carcasses, and be bear aware. When discharging a firearm, hunters use the same rules that apply to maintained Forestry roads – shoot away from the trail, not down or accross trails, and remove all carcass parts from the immediate vicinity of any publicly used trail.


Congratulations to the Salmon Arm Bike-for-Your-Life Century Ride: Support for Second Harvest Food Bank. On a beautiful mid-September morning over 400 Cyclists rode in the 2012 Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride. The event host committee decided at this past Wednesday night’s meeting to contribute $4500 to Salmon Arm’s Second Harvest Food Bank. Committee members are very happy about this and have sent their gratitude to everyone who supported the event! The funds will be used to purchase milk, eggs, veggies and wieners to supplement other donated food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s average of 225 patrons per week in 2012 (up from 130 patrons per week in 2007). $4500 is enough to cover a little more than one month’s expenses for the Food Bank.

Next years ride: On-Line Registration for the Saturday, September 14, 2013 SABFYLC Ride starts in early June, 2013. Registrations will again be reserved for 100 local (School District #83) cyclists. Watch for 2013 Ride details and 2012 event photos on our website:

See you on the trails!
Phil McIntyre-Paul
for the Shuswap Trail Alliance
c/o 250-804-1964

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