Happy New Year! We trust everyone is finally getting dug out of “the BIG SNOW”. How fun to see everyone transformed into their very own trail builders for a few days, snow shovels in hand. Also great to see everyone putting on ice cleats, snowshoes, skiis – even winter bikes – and continuing to move under your own steam. Every best wish for a healthy and active year ahead!
It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is the 10th Anniversary of the Shuswap Trail Alliance’s work bringing regional leadership, trail organizations, land managers, supporting partners, and advocates like you together to increase our capacity to develop greenway trails, paths, and healthy active transportation routes throughout the Shuswap.
As we’ve always said, “every trail tells a story.” Let’s continue to make our story one of working together to connect with each other and the land we live in – with respect, cooperation, stewardship – here in Secwepemc (Shuswap) territory.
And one very tangible way you can do that is to nab your Feb 6th Shuswap Trail Party Auction & Dance Fundraiser Tickets right away – they’re over half sold now and sell out each year. So hurry! $35 at Skookum Cycle & Ski or Ridetech. Plus a few reserve tables for 10 still available. See below for details.
Here are a few upcoming highlights out on Shuswap Trails:
- Reino Keski Salmi Loppet – Jan 17th
- Skmana X-C Ski and Snowshoe Club events – Jan 17th & Feb 8th
- Unplug and Play – Jan 27th – Feb 2nd
- Family Snowshoe Night – Jan 26th
- Larch Hills Pirate Loppet – Jan 30th
- 10th Anniversary Shuswap Trails Auction & Dance – Feb 6th
- 2014/2015 Shuswap Trails Update
- Rail Trail News & Updates
- Stewards & Volunteers – Thank You T SHIRTS
- 2015 Membership Drive
- Shuswap Lady Striders – new website
- And support our community partners: Salmon Arm Folk Music Society “Doin it Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band – Mar 14th
And here are the details. . .
31st Annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet: Saturday, Jan 17th – Join the Larch Hills Nordic Society for their annual family friendly cross country ski loppet with options for everyone. Registration includes hot après ski lunch, pool/hot tub/sauna pass, and the new “Triple A: Appy Hour, Awards, and A Chance to Dance at the Salmon Arm Community Centre. Register and info at www.skilarchhills.ca/loppet/
Skmana XC Ski and Snowshoe Club events: Jan 17th & Feb 8th – Skmana X-C Ski and Snowshoe Club will be hosting the following Events:
SATURDAY, Jan 17th, 2015 Snowshoe Tour & Chili Day. Meet at the Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. Departing at 10:15 a.m. sharp. There will be guided tours of the trails for both intermediate and beginner snowshoers. $5.00 donation for non-members. No dogs for this event, please! (bring a small bowl of chili to add to our Pot Luck Chili Pot and your own dish and spoon)
SUNDAY, Feb 8th, 2015 Ski Trail Tour Event. Come and enjoy a guided tour of our hill. There will be several groups going out on both beginner and intermediate trails. Bring a lunch if you like. Meet at the Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. Departing at 10:15 a.m. sharp. $5.00 donation for non-members. No dogs for this event, please!
Please check their website for updates @ http://www.ski-skmana.com or the Chase Community Bulletin Board.
Unplug and Play: Family Literacy Week: Jan 24th – 31st – join the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap community partners throughout the region for this full out week of family activities – indoors and out – and it’s all FREE! For the full calendar of event details visit: shuswapliteracy.ca
Salmon Arm Family Snowshoe Night: Jan 26th – 5 pm – 7 pm at the Little Mountain Sports Field – under the lights and a lantern walk in the forest, family games & activities, hot drinks, fun for all ages. Bring your own snowshoes, plus a limited supply available for use. (Part of Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week).
Larch Hills Pirate Loppet: Friday, Jan 30th – 11 am – 1 pm, the annual Aaargh-me-Mateys student festival on skis sails again. Dress up. Hot lunch. Draw prizes. And trophy for the school with the largest proportional representation. Register at your school. Info at skilarchhills.ca/pirate-loppet/ (Part of Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week).
10th Anniversary Annual Shuswap Trails Auction and Dance: Feb 6th
“We are very pleased to have Scarecrow back to get the crowd dancing and celebrating all of the accomplishments everyone has achieved in the region in 2014.” Winston Pain – STA Board Chair
Invitation for Auction Sponsors – please consider contributing to this year’s annual trail projects with a contribution to the Silent Auction tables. . . for more information click here
- Drop off items at either Skookum or Ridetech
- Or call Winston at 250-804-6451
- Jan 30th is deadline for items
- THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS…
Get your tickets – they’re selling out quickly!
- Friday, February 6th, 7:00pm
- SASCU Community Centre, Salmon Arm
- Live music with Scarecrow
- DJ with Patrick Ryley
- Silent Auction
- Buffet Appies featuring local foods prepared by Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe
- Cash Bar hosted by Salmon Arm Fire Hall #3
- After-party designated drive home hosted by Enactus Okanagan College and local car dealers
- Best-of Shuswap Trail Photo Footage from the 2014 season
- TICKETS $35 at Skookum Cycle & Ski or Ridetech in Salmon Arm (STA staff and team cannot hold tickets – sorry)
- Reserve Table Special – reserve one of 6 tables for $100. To reserve call Cathy at 804-7975 (first come basis)
Remember: this annual event sells out every year so get those tickets now!Info at shuswaptrailalliance.com
Shuswap Trail Alliance Update. . .
2014 was a very full year, with over 40 projects completed, alongside more than 38 different partner organizations, 60 volunteer event days, more than 400 volunteers, over half who were young people, helping to create 7 new trails totalling 11 kilometers in 6 different parts of the Shuswap, plus 1200 meters of rerouted and upgraded trail, and 144,000 meters of maintained trails . . .and that’s on top of the 250,000 + meters already maintained by stewardship groups like the Larch Hills Nordic Society, Skmana Ski Club, EQ Trails, and Shuswap Outdoors.
And don’t forget all the collaboration and planning underway, including:
- the newly minted Enderby Splatsin Active Transportation Plan,
- the Roderick Haig Brown trail upgrade plan,
- the Shuswap Health Coalition’s profile of the health benefits of Active Transportation,
- the White Lake trail stewards environmental management efforts,
- our growing partnership with BC Parks, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society,
- the South Canoe Trail Stewardship advisory,
- the Larch Hills Non-Winter stiles project with Larch Hills Nordic, BC Parks, Rec Sites and Trails, and Shuswap Community Foundation support,
- Sorrento Community Association’s advocacy for the west highway trail,
- CSRD Parks work on North Fork Wild, Mt Baldy, and Evelyn Falls trails,
- the exciting new outdoor educational partnerships with the Shuswap Outdoor Learning Foundation,
- reprint of the Shuswap Trails Guide and production of a brand new nordic winter trails guide with Shuswap Tourism
- new steps forward for the Regional Trail Strategy in partnership with Secwepemc Nation leadership, Shuswap Tourism, Municipal/Regional & Provincial leadership, and regional trail stewards, plus facilitation guidance from the Fraser Basin Council
- and of course, the commitment to work with Splatsin Chief and Council and other regional leaders to see a continuous greenway along the now abandoned Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor.
2015 is a pivotal year in our region wide commitment to work together on improved greenways, trails, and active transportation. Federal funding through the National Trails Coalition and Provincial support through Rec Sites and Trails will allow further additions to the Larch Hills Traverse this spring. Local trail stewards are working with municipal, regional, and provincial land managers on further plans for improvements at Eagle River, Larch Hills, Enderby Cliffs, South Canoe, Rubberhead, Park Hill, White Lake, Balmoral, Mt Baldy, Bear Creek, and Scatchard Mountain. Planning is underway with CSRD Parks, Salmon Arm Greenways, Enderby/Splatsin Active Transportation, Nord Area F leadership, BC Parks, and Rec Sites and Trails on new projects in every part of the Shuswap. And the Regional Trail Strategy draft will be ready for public review this spring under the gui dance of Secwepemc, Regional, and Provincial leadership working together with local trail stewards, again with facilitation support from the Fraser Basin Council.
But we need your help to ensure the foundation is in place to continue making our work together possible. Your donations, tickets, and silent auction purchases at the Annual February 6th Shuswap Trails Celebration Fundraiser lay the annual base needed to make the Shuswap Trails season happen. It buys the insurance, repairs the tools, trains the volunteers, connects the leaders, builds the strategic plans, balances the budgets, and spreads the news necessary to coordinating so many projects. And this year a new capital trail funding campaign will be launched at the February 6th event to raise an additional $50,000 to support annual trail stewardship projects throughout the Shuswap.
Incredible! And that’s just a glimpse at the 2014/2015 project update – watch for the full Progress Report coming out shortly. A word of sincere thanks to everyone who is working to make this all possible.
Rail Trail News & Update. . .Shuswap Trail Alliance leadership is very pleased to share news of the successful outcome for Splatsin’s negotiations with CP Rail.
Splatsin Chief and Council have secured a 1.5 km section of the corridor just south of Sicamous and a 6 km section south of Enderby. It is an important acknowledgement of the title and rights of the Splatsin community and the wider Secwepemc Nation territory through which the abandoned rail corridor runs. The Splatsin have re-established their role as primary caretaker in the region and opened the door for new uses of the corridor that benefit tourism and transportation.
Splatsin Chief and Council will now take the lead in regathering local leadership later this month to discuss options to work together and acquire the remaining sections of corridor that were not included in their final agreement with CP Rail. We understand the remaining lands will be turned over to CP’s Real Estate division for dispersal, so are unsure what the negotiations or valuation will now look like (salvage has already occurred, and 29 acres removed from the available lands.) But we look forward to supporting Splatsin leadership and local municipal, regional, and provincial partners in those discussions which include the potential for a continuous linear greenway corridor for walking and cycling.
We will also be following up with CP leadership to better understand their plans for dispersal of the remaining abandoned rail corridor.
STA leadership continues to encourage people to contact their elected leadership in support of continuing to work with Splatsin, regional and provincial partners, and CP Rail toward successful acquisition of the abandoned rail corridor – and to see a continuous greenway for hiking and cycling established as part of the future management of the corridor.
For a background brief and position statement on the potential greenway rail-trail opportunity for the abandoned Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor, visit www.shuswaptrails.com.
STEWARDS AND VOLUNTEERS – THANK YOU T-Shirts – if you have reached your goal of THREE VOLY DAYS out on the trails with us this year – your 2014 Voly T-shirts are in (and very cool). Please contact us to arrange pick up for yours. AND if by chance you missed picking up your 2013 Voly shirt let us know, we still have a few. Call Lori @ 250-832-0102
AGAIN the STA TEAM thanks you for another great year. Without YOU there would be no Shuswap Trail Alliance….
MEMBERSHIP 2015 DRVIE – If you have not received your membership in the mail or are not a member but would like to purchase a membership please go to our website for membership forms (Click 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.
Shuswap Lady Striders New Website – be sure to check out the new website at shuswapladystriders.ca. The largest recreational walking group in the region welcomes women of all ages for a varied schedule of walking, hiking, snowshoeing, x-country, downhill skiing, even a dog walking – every week. (www.shuswapladystriders.ca)
Support our Community Partners:
Salmon Arm Folk Music Society present the “Doin It Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band: Mar. 14th – Good news! The joy of growing good community with music continues just one month after the Feb 6th Shuswap Trails Party. Support the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues at their “Doin It Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band at the Shaw Centre, Salmon Arm. Tickets $40 & $45 through rootsandblues.ca. Tables of 8 available on the floor for $360 (to reserve call 250-833-4096). Doors at 7 pm, Concert at 8 pm.