Shuswap Trail News – Nov 1 2013

Shuswap Trail Alliance

Calling all Trail Stewards throughout the region: please join us for our annual regional trail review, priority setting, and celebration – Saturday, Nov 9th, 1:30 – 7:00 pm, at the Little Mountain Field House (250 – 30 St SE, Salmon Arm, accross from Shuswap Middle School). The celebration will include formal recognition from BC Parks as the Provincial Volunteer Organization of the Year. See details below.

And this weekend is full on with volunteer trail work parties: Saturday, Nov 2, 9 am, Take Back the Trails at Larch Hills to get ready for the ski season, and then Sunday, Nov 3, 10 am, join the Volunteer Work Party to reroute and reopen the Undercut mountain bike trail.

Here are the highlights:

  • Take Back the Trails at Larch Hills – Nov 2
  • South Canoe Undercut Reroute Work Party – Nov 3
  • Shuswap Trail Stewardship Planning and Celebration – Sat Nov 9
  • Shuswap Cross 2013 – Nov 10
  • Banff Mountain Film Fest – support Search & Rescue – Nov 16
  • Shuswap Outdoors Potluck – Nov 16
  • Join the fall trail inventory
  • High Branch Pruners Needed for Larch Hills Trails
  • Book the Trail Rider – information and rental
  • What’s the Trail Team Up To?
  • Want to Help?
  • Deer hunting season – stay safe!
  • And Remember: report trail issues to

Here are the details:


Take Back the Trails: this Saturday, Nov 2 – 9 am at the Larch Hills Chalet. Bring rakes, shovels, pruners, hand saws, mattocks, and work gloves. Everyone is invited back to the Chalet at Noon for hot chocolate and snacks. Please bring finger foods to share. Contact: Blaine 250-833-4008 or

And Remember: Larch Hills Nordic Member Registration is open on Zone4


South Canoe Undercut Trail Reroute Work Party: this Sunday, Nov 3 – 10 am at the South Canoe trailhead (10th Ave & 70 St SE). This is it! We’ve got go ahead to start working on repairing the upper trails. Bring snacks, lunch, water, work gloves, and safety glasses. Lots of tools will be available for all ages, sizes, and abilities. For info on the work party give project lead, Jim Maybee a shout at And to get yourself added to the Friends of South Canoe Trails contact list, email Stewardship Advisory chair, Isabel at


Shuswap Trails Stewardship Planning Workshop and Celebration – Saturday, Nov 9 –1:30 – 7:00 pm at the Little Mountain Field House (250 – 30 St SE, Salmon Arm, accross from Shuswap Middle School).

The Agenda:

  • Review and Planning Workshop 1:30 – 5:30 pm,
  • Dinner Celebration and Presentations 5:30 – 7:00 pm (stand up dinner reception hosted by BC Parks)

An invitation to all and any invested in, using, managing, or planning trails throughout the Shuswap (hike, bike, EQ, ski, snowshoe, paddle) – 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.


Shuswap Cross 2013 – Sunday, Nov 10 – Registration 9:00 am, B Race at 10:00 am, Kids Race (under 12) at 10:45 am, A Race at 11:15 am. Klahani Park, 6391 – 10th Ave SE, Salmon Arm. The new Shuswap Bicycle Club is hosting the region’s first-ever Cyclocross race. $20 for Adults, Kids free. ($10 Cycling BC license required.) Check it out on Facebook at ShuswapBikeClub or


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.


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:
Annual Potluck Social & Show and Tell – Saturday Nov 16  call 250-832-8729


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.


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

Book the Shuswap TrailRider! – The Shuswap TrailRider is now available for anyone to book for assisted use of Shuswap Trails. The TrailRider allows individuals with mobility challenges to experience all of our regional trails. You will need at least two people to join you (your Sherpas). Ideal for group walks and hikes. A nominal donation is requested to book. For more information and to book the TrailRider visit:


What’s the Trail Team Up To? This week saw the corridor prepared for the new Mount Baldy Trail just west of Sorrento. Further work will take place over the next few weeks until the snow flies. Then watch for finish up volunteer days in the spring. The new Raspberry Hill section of the Larch Hills Traverse is now complete, with a delicious 3 kilometers of funky, bumpy, flowy trail with views high over Shuswap Lake off the west spur of the 112 Forestry Road. The brilliant yellow larch are spectacular. Check out the Veggie Delight around trail starting from Muffin Top of the Rubberhead trail system. And Novice Mountain Bike Riders will be pleased to discover a new 200 meter loop connector on the lower South Canoe trail system that allows for shorter, easier circle loops thanks to two days of volunteer awesomeness from Ken Jamieson’s Shuswap Middle School students. Yay!

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.


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.


And Remember: Report Trail Issues as you see them directly to or online at The trail report hotline acts as a clearing house to forward your notice to the relevant authorities and volunteers.

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