Shuswap Trail News – Dec 3

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Our neighbours have reached a deal with CN for Okanagan rail corridor

Let the DREAM of our own Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail become reality and be a Christmas Gift to each of us – GET YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS IN

Details below


STEWARDS AND VOLUNTEERS – if you have reached your goal of THREE VOLY DAYS out on the trails with us this year – we are proud to say our 2014 Voly T-shirts are in. Please contact us to arrange pick up for yours.

AND if by chance you missed picking up your 2013 Voly shirt let us know.

Call Lori @ 250-832-0102

AGAIN the STA TEAM thanks you for another great year.  Without YOU there would be no Shuswap Trail Alliance.


PLEASE NOTE: PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION for Rail Trail Support Letter on our website has the updated email addresses for our new Council.  Please discard old support letter.


Here are the highlights:

Important Bulletins

  • Skookum’s Salty Dog ’15 registration – Jan 9 2015
  • Shuswap Probis Club – Jan 15, 2015
  • Shuswap Trail Alliance Silent Auction & PARTY – Feb 6th, 2015
  • Book a TrailRider for accessibility on trails
  • Summer trail reports to

Here are the details:





Vernon Morning Star – Dec 1 2014

A coalition of Okanagan communities have signed a negotiated sales and purchase agreement with CN for the discontinued rail line between Kelowna and Coldstream.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve a continuous, regionally-significant corridor with the potential to provide long-term public benefits for our residents,” said Doug Gilchrist, with the City of Kelowna on behalf of the regional partners.

“We are ecstatic to have reached a negotiated agreement with CN that both parties consider fair.”

The negotiated cost to secure the corridor is……. click here for more details.


RAIL TRAIL – call to all teachers

How would your class like to do some research on?

  • Existing Rail Trails
  • What other Rail Trail systems did to get up and running
  • How we would use the Rail Trail if we got the OK to keep the Rail Trail from Sicamous to Armstrong public and non-motorized

Please contact Lori at 250-832-0102

HAVE YOU voiced your RAIL TRAIL support????

For more information, a sample support letter, list of leaderships email addresses to send your support letter to please go to –  Click here  – PUBLIC CALL TO ACTION


MEMBERSHIP 2015 LETTERS were mailed out. If you do not get one or are not a member but would like to purchase a membership please go to our website for membership form at: here

PAYPAL USERS – PLEASE NOTE:  A quick note in regards to Paypal payments

  • Please note: Paypal has a default setting when you register and state that it is for a subscription. The membership fee payment will automatically be withdrawn from your account on your anniversary date on an annual basis. Please note that this is a default in Paypal’s system and is not how the Shuswap Trail Alliance has requested it set up.
  • If you prefer to NOT have it set up this way and want to pay annually yourself – please log-in to your PayPal account and unsubscribe after your payment has been sent.  Thank You.

Sorry for any inconvenience


Skookum’s Salty Dog ’15 online Registration – Jan 9

  • Online registration opens Fri Jan 9 at 8 PM
  • Weekend of events – May 9 /10 2015

Anyone from 3+ can have fun in this bike event. Fun races for the smallest people, to medium and largest.

For more information please go to: here


Shuswap Probis Club – Jan 15, 2015

  • Guest speaker Phil McIntyre-Paul
  • First United Church HALL – 10AM

For information please contact Fred Bird at 250-832-8173


Shuswap Trail Alliance Silent Auction & PARTY – Feb 6, 2015

  • Tickets going on sale in December – just in time for Christmas Stocking Stuffers
  • Scarecrow The Band – booked and ready to party



Please be advised that September thru December trails on crown lands are within hunting areas


Book a TrailRider

  • Help get your friends and family with mobility challenges out on Shuswap Trails! The TrailRider program provides two TrailRiders (single wheeled chariot for an individual guided by two sherpas)
  • Email or call Debra at 250-832-1353 to book


Remember:  Let’s keep those trail reports coming! – The trail report hotline acts as a clearing house to FORWARD your notice to the relevant authorities and volunteers. or online at

1 thought on “Shuswap Trail News – Dec 3”

  1. The recent acquisition of the rail corridor opens many opportunities for the residents of the South Okanagan. The enormously popular Myra Canyon comes to mind but when it comes to a well organised, destination attraction that creates jobs and revenue – it’s hard to beat the rail to trail from Lookout Pass on the Idaho/Montana border in the Bitterroot Mountain range down to Pearson trail head, a total of seventeen miles with a 1,000 ft. drop through ten tunnels (including the 1.7 mile long Taft Tunnel at the start) and seven trestles.

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