Shuswap Trail News – Oct 12

Shuswap Trail Alliance

Shuswap Trail News – Oct 12

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend everyone, another one blessed with fine fall weather and autumn trails to explore. Volunteers needed for important trail events this month. Check it out. And a more newsy eBulletin with update on some of our project highlights this fall! See you out there!

Here are the highlights:

  • Adams River Salmon Festival – this weekend, Oct 12-14
  • 20 Volunteers needed for Christmas Island Trail Bridge – Oct 19&20
  • Spooktacular Trail Guides needed – Oct 26&27
  • High Branch Pruning Volunteers needed for Larch Hills
  • Friends of South Canoe Update and Meet – Oct 23
  • Shuswap Outdoors trail clearing – Sunday Oct 27
  • Shuswap Trail Stewardship Planning and Celebration – Sat Nov 9
  • Banff Mountain Film Fest – support Search & Rescue – Nov 16
  • Join the fall trail inventory
  • Shuswap Community Foundation supports TrailRider Project
  • Outdoor Awesome! a success in outdoor education
  • Fall Hikes Profile Four Parts of the Shuswap
  • Enderby Greenway and Wetland models collaboration
  • What’s the Trail Team Up To?
  • Shuswap Middle School gets its trail groove on
  • Want to Help?
  • And remember: its deer hunting season – stay safe!
    (See the Safety Bulletin Below)

Here are the details:


Adams River Salmon Festival – This Weekend: Oct 12 – 14 – 10 am – 4 pm – Join Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park and the Adams River Salmon Society for a festival to celebrate the annual salmon run. Check out the partner displays under the big tent, visit the interpretive centre, and stroll the trails surrounded by fall colours and the always humbling cycle of Salmon.


20 Strong Volunteers Needed to Finish the Christmas Island Trail Bridge: Oct 19 & 20 – SABNES needs your help with building the bridge to create a trail across Christmas Island in the Salmon Arm Estuary. We need 15 or 20 strong individuals to help on October 19th and 20th. Please show up at 10:00 AM if you can help. For more information, please contact


Spooktacular Trail Guides Needed: Oct 26 & 27 – our good friends at Haney Village need trail guides that will escort visitors through the spooked out lower trail system during the annual Spooktacular on Oct 26 & 27 from 4-9 pm.  If you are available or need further information please contact Tara at 250-832-5243 or email


High Branch Pruning Volunteers Needed for Larch Hills Nordic Trails – George Zorn is coordinating a series of pruning blitzes to get the Larch Hills Nordic Trails ready for winter. Use of Pole Saws facilitates removal of seasonal overgrowth that hang down full of snow in the winter. Give George a call if you’d like to extend your reach a little! 250-832-9335


South Canoe Trail Stewardship Update and Meeting: Oct 23, 7 pm – Greetings fellow South Canoe trail enthusiasts.  This is the first bulletin from the Advisory committee that has been working on your behalf.

This is also a notice that a meeting for all friends of the South Canoe trails system will be held Oct 23, 7 pm, in Room 1 of the SASCU recreation centre.  More detailed reports will be presented, with opportunity for discussion.  In the meantime:

1.    A new ‘novice trail’ in the Malibu area has been flagged and approved by the city.  This loop will provide a more level extension of the mountain bike experience without steep hills.  Work is expected to begin shortly, so be prepared for a work party if you are a MTB user!

2.    The reroute that will open up Undercut off Metford Road has been walked and approved by the city.  It needs to have approval of the watercourse crossing plans before work can begin however, but we expect work on it this fall.

3.    Investigation of increased potential trail development in the Prudential area for both MTB and Eq users in ongoing.

4.    Signage on the South Canoe trails has been progressing as signs are ready and approved.  This will probably be ongoing as signs disappear, and or trails become re-purposed if necessary.  There will be revised signage at the trailhead to advise users of protocols.

5.    On the topic of signage, some signs have been torn off, so education of the users is very important.  Please do discuss with your friends the need for us all to have and follow the signs.

6.    From most reports, both MTB and Eq users have been appreciative of the separation of trails in the South Canoe system which improves safety and the outdoor experience for everyone.  Thanks to all of those who are careful.

7.    The safety concerns around the intersection of 10th and 70th are high priority with the advisory committee, and discussions will be held with the SA city safety committee about possible solutions.

For more information contact Isabel Reinertson, on behalf of the South Canoe Trails Advisory Committee, at


Shuswap Outdoors Club News – They’re the very original that got things started outdoors on foot in the Shuswap. Call 250-932-8729 for more info. Upcoming dates:

  • Bike KVRs Myra Canyon – Sunday Oct 20 – call 250-832-6522
  • Larch Hills Ungroomed Ski Trail Clearing – Sunday Oct 27 – call 250-832-6522
  • Annual Potluck Social & Show and Tell – Saturday Nov 16  call 250-832-8729


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Shuswap Trail Stewardship Planning Workshop and Celebration – Saturday Nov 9th, Planning Workshop 1:30 – 5:30 pm, Potluck Celebration (including BC Parks Acknowledgement) 5:30 – 7:00 pm. (LOCATION TBA) An invitation to all and any invested in, using, managing, or planning trails throughout the Shuswap – to review existing and planned trails, identify priorities, and look for opportunities to collaborate in the following year. Also – a time to celebrate all the good work done caring for and creating trails this year – including a chance to celebrate the acknowledgement as BC Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year. For info contact Phil at 250-804-1964.


Banff Mountain Film Festival – Support Shuswap Search & Resecue: Nov 16 – 7 pm at the Salmar Classic in Salmon Arm. Be sure to get your tickets soon for this sell out event of in support of the remarkable Shuswap Search & Rescue Volunteers. It’s always an inspiring feast of the best films hot from the Banff Mountain Film Festival a few weeks earlier. And remember: SSRV is a completely volunteer run organization that supports all the good things we do outdoors. Please help them by coming to the film festival and making a generous donation. Look for tickets at Wearabouts.


Join the fall trail inventory – the Fall Trail inventory continues. An excuse to go for a walk or ride and check trails before they settle under a blanket of snow. Be sure to send in trail condition reports to our uber-steward, Clint, at And if you’re looking for something a little more formal, let us know and we’ll send you a copy of the trail inventory form.


Shuswap Community Foundation supports the TrailRider Project – The Shuswap Trail Alliance and TrailRider project coordinator, Debra McDonald, joined in the remarkable Shuswap Community Foundation celebration this Thursday to receive a $3000 contribution in support of the TrailRider mobility assistance project. The SCF contribution came thanks to the Geoff and Judith Benson Family Endowment and the Robin Jackson Environmental Endowment. What an honour! This contribution joins with sponsorship from the Province of BC and BC Parks, the Professional Forester’s Association, Stella Jones, and many individual donors to purchase the first of three TrailRiders and bring us much closer to purchasing the second one. The TrailRiders are available to book for use free of charge by individual or organization in the Shuswap (a $10 donation is encouraged to assist with ongoing costs). For more information and to book the TrailRider visit:


Outdoor Awesome! A Huge Success: The Shuswap Trail Alliance, with funding support from the Shuswap Community Foundation, is privileged to be working in partnership with School District 83’s Healthy Schools Initiative and regional outdoor educators, to inspire young people to get outside, active, and connected to the natural world. Huge kudos to STA champion, Carmen Massey, and SD83 Healthy Schools Coordinator, Laurie Paiement, for coordinating, and the Shuswap Community Foundation for supporting the Trail Alliance’s involvement. Watch for a follow-up workshop for educators in the spring. Here’s the official update from Laurie and Carmen. . .

Outdoor Awesome! was a huge success last week at Carlin. “Outdoor Awesome!” is a pilot outdoor learning fair hosted by School District 83 Healthy Schools Initiative, the Shuswap Trail Alliance (supported by the Shuswap Community Foundation), and School District 83 Outdoor Learning Leadership teachers. “Outdoor Awesome!” is part of SD83’s commitment to the global movement of getting children outdoors – learning and moving! 150 Grade 4 and 5 students from Salmon Arm West, Sorrento, and Carlin got to experience outdoor learning at its best. There were 6 leaders (5 sd83 teachers and three community members) that hosted stations focused on ecology and the environment. Stations included: building survival structures, water preservation, turtle tracking, and wildlife trees where students learned how wildlife trees can be hotels, hideouts, restaurants and lookouts. Kid s also used their science, math, and art skills at the ecosystem station. And at the fire station students were taught how to build fires safely, a life skill that is usually not taught inside a traditional brick and mortar school.

The goal of the event was twofold: First was to provide an experience that would foster an excitement for learning outdoors. Second was to demonstrate to educators a way to engage student in a science based activity outside of the classroom. “Outdoor Awesome!” was a huge success and plans are under way to continue and possibly expand this project next year. Organizers would like to thank: Carlin School for hosting and Carlin PAC for providing such an incredible and healthy snack; Wendy Woodhurst for supporting this pilot project; Carmen Massey and the Shuswap Trail Alliance; the teachers and students of Carlin, SAW, and Sorrento for being fabulous participants; and a big thank you to all the outdoor leaders for giving these kids such an incredible and FUN learning opportunity!

~ Laura Paiement, Healthy Schools Coordinator SD83


Huge Thanks for another great Fall Hiking Series – The final hike in this season’s Fall Hiking Series saw a fine group circuit the Tuktakamin Mountain loop trail west of Falkland last Saturday in classic crisp autumn air surrounded by 360 degree views. What a landscape we live in. This year’s four fall hikes profiled four very different vista trails in the Shuswap with the Scotch Creek Hlina Lookout on the North Shuswap, McArthur Heights to Balmoral in the South Shuswap, Cougar Bluffs above the Skimikin Valley, and Tuktakamin Mountain high above Falkland. Huge thanks to Joan Mitchell with the Shuswap Trail Alliance for coordinating the series, Judy and Anne with Shuswap Hospice for handling PR and registration, Salmon Arm Recreation for advertising, our hike guides Janna Mainprize, Trish Wallensteen, Shirely Bates, Phil McP, Joan Mitchell and the v olunteer hike hosts, and of course, everyone who came out and raised a few dollars for Hospice.


Enderby Greenway and Wetland Project Models Collaboration at its Best! The Shuswap Trail Alliance is incredibly proud and privileged to have been able to work with the City of Enderby, MV Beattie Elementary School, and School District 83 in creating a new 500 metre section of Greenway trail for the community. The project is a flag ship for Enderby’s commitment to transform itself into a model of small town sustainable living, and MV Beattie’s desire to engage their students in hands on learning projects that make a difference. And this one sure does that – its part greenway connector, part wetland restoration, and part outdoor classroom. Together with project manager Kevin Pattison and the Trail Alliance project team, natural plant specialist Trish Wallensteen of Natural Habitat Gardens, and MV Beattie science teacher Steve Rodwell, a remarkable team of students participated in a major replanting project that has transformed an old weed infested retention pond to now double as an active natural wetland. The new greenway trail traverses the wetland creating a natural outdoor classroom. It’s quite a transformation. Be sure to stop by MV Beattie School in Enderby and check it out!


What’s the Trail Team Up To? Yes, we’re still at it! Some of our trail team alumni have returned from summer projects and jumped back in to help. Yay! Current projects include completion of the awesome new MV Beattie School Greenway and Wetland Pond with the City of Enderby, School District 83, and Trish Wallensteen of Natural Habitat Gardens, finish up on the new 3 km Raspberry Hill trail addition to the Larch Hills Traverse thanks to funding from Rec Sites and Trails BC, completion of the 1.3 km Veggie Delight around trail at Rubberhead and support for the new cross-country climbing trail including an 850 meter connector between SeeDoo and Supermans (also with thanks to continued support from Rec Sites and Trails BC, the Shuswap Bike Club, Skookum Cycle & Ski, and Trailheads Cycle & Ski), start to the new 4.5 km Mount Baldy trail west of Sorrento with CSRD Parks and the Sorrento and Area Community Association, and finish to the first two sections of a new greenway connector in Hillcrest, Salmon Arm, thanks to the collaboration of three local developers and the City of Salmon Arm. Little Mountain Signs seem to be receiving good reviews. Watch for more signs to show up on the lower South Canoe Trails, Haney Nature Trails, and the new Gayle Creek Loop in Glen Eden.

All Thumbs Up to Shuswap Middle School – two volunteer teams of students will join Kevin Pattison and their teacher, Ken Jamieson, out in the field next week to start work on the new Novice Mountain Bike Trail connector at South Canoe. This trail was recognized as a missing link to encourage young cyclists in the new lower trail system by Friends of South Canoe Trails. Huge thanks to everyone who’s made it possible!

Want to Help? Call our project operations magician, Kevin P, if you’d like to come out and volunteer with the team for the day, of if you have a group who’d like a special project! 250-517-9842.


And Remember – Hunting Season Trail Safety Notice: September through December trail on crown lands are within deer hunting areas – remember, trails on crown land share the forest with many other uses, including seasonal hunting throughout the year. Deer hunting season (September through December) is particularly busy. For your safety out on wilderness trails, remember:

  • All persons using trails on crown lands do so at their own risk
  • All persons should wear highly visable clothing
  • All persons should keep to the main trails
  • As a safety precaution make noise when approaching a curve or uphill climb
  • avoid animal carcasses
  • make dogs visible
  • be bear aware
  • when discharing a firearem, 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.

This notice has been preapred jointly by the Shuswap Trail Alliance and local BC Wildlife Federation leadership.

See you out on the trails!

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