Shuswap Trail News – Feb 02 2015

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiYou did it again! The Shuswap Trail Auction and Dance SOLD OUT last week. The event leadership team continues to be humbled and overwhelmed by the continued support for Shuswap Trails throughout the region. Thank you!

Build-a-Metre-is-Back! To continue supporting the work of all our regional partners throughout the year, the STA board has decided to bring back the Build-a-Metre-of-Trail fundraising campaign. Check out the details below.


Here are the highlights:

  • Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is Back!
  • 10th Anniversary Shuswap Trails Auction & Dance SOLD OUT
  • Invitation to Community Partners
  • 2015 Annual Operating Plans
  • Skmana X-C Ski event – Feb 8th
  • Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report – Mar 4th
  • 2015 Membership Drive
  • Shuswap District Arts Council & STA Update
  • And support our community partners: Salmon Arm Folk Music Society “Doin it Right” Benefit Concert with the Powder Blues Band – Mar 14th
  • Unplug and Play – KUDOS

And here are the details. . .



Build-a-Metre-of-Trail is Back – This year, in celebration of the STA’s 10th Anniversary, the STA board is launching the Build-a-Metre-of-Trail campaign to raise additional support for regional greenway trail projects and stewardship.

$15-$20 builds one metre of trail, $150-$200 builds 10 metres, $1500-$2000 builds 100 metres. . .well, you get the idea. Let’s see if we can add an additional 2500 metres this year – that’s $50,000.

The Build-a-Metre-of-Trail campagn kicks off this Friday at the Annual Shuswap Trail Party and will run right through the year with a variety of invitations to participate. To make a contribution visit and follow the links.


10th Anniversary Annual Shuswap Trails Auction and Dance: SOLD OUT

We are humbled and overwhelmed by all the support from throughout the region.

Thank you to . . . all our sponsors of this year’s event. Platinum sponsors include Waterways Houseboats, Twin Anchors Houseboats, BDO Canada, Faster Than Light Computing, TransRockies Single Track 6, K3 Cat Ski, Dancor Electric, Salmar Grand Theatre, Skookum Cycle & Ski/Ways2Ride, Podollan Inns, and EZ Rock 91.5. Watch for the full sponsor list to come.

. . .all the volunteers who make this possible, including our crazy awesome planning team, Enactus Okanagan College, and Salmon Arm Fire Hall 3.

. . .and all of our event partners who make the event possible, including SASCU Community Centre and the Shuswap Recreation Society, Scarecrow, DJ Patrick Ryley and EZ Rock, BC Sound, Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe, the Barley Station, Larch Hills Winery, Skookum Cycle & Ski, Ridetech, Salmon Arm Financial, Enactus Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Fire Hall 3, and our DD vehicle sponsors, Braby Motors, Hilltop Toyota, Jacobson Ford, and Salmon Arm GM.

Thank you for supporting the Shuswap Trail Alliance.


Invitation to Shuswap Trail Community Partners to promo your events – if you have an event or program coming up and would like to promote it at this weeks Shuswap Trail Party, bring or drop off a poster or flyer Friday evening for the community bulletin board we’re setting up in the lobby of the SA Rec Centre Auditorium.


2015 Annual Operating Plans and Lead Stewards Meeting – Tues. Mar 3rd, 7 pm – a reminder to all lead Trail Stewards to send your schedule of projects and events for the coming season on to Shuswap Trail Alliance Project Operations Manager, Kevin Clarkson, for inclusion in the draft Shuswap Trails stewardship calendar. A meeting to review and finalize a calendar of Shuswap Trail Stewardship dates will take place March 3rd, 7 pm at the Shuswap Trail Alliance resource room (358 Alexander St, Salmon Arm). Contact


Skmana Ski Trail Tour Event – SUNDAY,  Feb 8th.  Hosted by the Skmana X-C Ski Club. Come and enjoy a guided tour of the Skmana trails.  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 @ or the Chase Community Bulletin Board.


Shuswap Trail Alliance AGM & Progress Report – Wed, March 4th, 7 pm at Okanagan College, Salmon Arm. Get the full report from 2014 including a glimpse of all the good stewardship and projects during the annual slide presentation. All welcome. For information email


MEMBERSHIP 2015 DRIVE – 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 District Council & Shuswap Trail Alliance Partnership Update – The SDAC and STA are excited to announce an exhibition and experience of Shuswap trails in 2016. Artists and trail guides will be paired up to travel to and experience a specific trail in the Shuswap. Artists will then tell a story of the experience, the environment, the ecology, the history or a unique feature of the place. The call for artists has just closed with selection to be finalized later this month. Interested in sponsoring this exhibition? Contact Director/Curator Tracey Kutschker at


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 Tables of 8 available on the floor for $360 (to reserve call 250-833-4096). Doors at 7 pm, Concert at 8 pm.


Unplug and Play: Family Literacy Week KUDOS – congratulations and thanks to our friends at the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap and all the community partners throughout the region who created an incredible schedule of family activities last week. What a wonderful place we live. Thank you for getting us unplugged and outside! Visit:

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