Shuswap Trail News – June 4

STA logo with blaze (horizontal) 72dpiGreat showing for bike-to-work week. Our thanks to all the organizers including the Shuswap Bike Club and Salmon Arm Downtown. Lots of fun on the local team challenge with our own Shuswap Trail Alliance team coming in a distant third to the formidable Shuswap Lake Hospital team. But sweet justice was seen with the first place here in the Shuswap taken with a whopping 984 km by the Wild Flight Farm team who all rode to and from work in Mara everyday. You guys all rock! Remember: every day is Bike to Work week!

Also – look for the Bicycle Infrastructure ideas/feedback sheet still on-line at, and keep sending us your thoughts for improving bicycle use in communities in the Shuswap.


June is Shuswap Paddle Month. . .and the Shuswap Trail Alliance is supporting the Shuswap Association for Rowing and Paddling in promoting Blueways. Waterways are the original trails in Secwepemc Territory, and form an important part of our efforts to Weave the Shuswap Green? So grab your paddle and check out the month of events below.

Also coming up two very important initiatives –

  • Together Shuswap Build Bridges Workshop – June 10
  • Shuswap River Boat Regulations Open House and Survey – June 10 & 11

And two volunteer trail stewardship events this weekend –

  • Friday, June 5th, 5 pm – The Annual Yellow Flag Iris Invasive Blueway Cleanup on Little White Lake;
  • Sunday, June 7th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Park Hill Centre Trail Voly Day with the RBC Staff Team on the new Centre Trail at Park Hill above Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm (meet at the overflow Parking Lot on Park Hill Road)


And please pass on this great Summer work opportunity from our friends at FunHog Adventures. . .Your job is to to go to the beach all summer…FunHog Adventures is looking for staff to work at the beach this summer! Get a tan, talk to people, rent out paddle boards and kayaks. Email us with your resume at


More Highlights. . .

  • Love Your Trails Update
  • White Lake Iris Pull Voly Day – June 5
  • Park Hill Centre Trail Voly Day – June 7
  • Together Shuswap – June 10
  • Shuswap River Boating Regulations Open Houses – June 10 & 11
  • Shuswap Paddle Month – All June
  • Shuswap Outdoors Hikes – June 14 White Lake Hike and Paddle
  • 12 Annual Dragon Boat Festival & Outrigger Races – June 20
  • National Aboriginal Day Cultural Interpretive Paddle – June 21
  • Bike for Your Life Century Ride Registration is Open
  • Accessible Trails: Book the Trailrider
  • TrailReport Hotline:

and here are the details. . .


Love Your Trails Update – huge huge thanks to everyone who has participated to date in the Build-A-Metre-of-Trail “Love Your Trails” Campaign. At the half way point we’ve raised over $45,000 dollars to go directly to making trails throughout the Shuswap happen. Once again, we’re humbled and inspired. A very special shout out of thanks to our May Love-Your-Trails Blitz sponsors, including the Salmon Arm Observer, EZ Rock, Salmar Community Association, G-Force Sports, Sutherland’s Bakery, Skookum Cycle and Ski, Eagle Valley IDA, and Sorrento Prescription IDA.

Please encourage everyone you know who loves Shuswap trails to make a contribution to this year’s campaign and help us walk, ride, ski, snowshoe, paddle our way to $75,000!


White Lake Iris Pull – June 5, 5:00 pm – Join White Lake trail stewards at 3163 White Lake Road (just down from John Evdikovmoff Bike Park) Bring food for shared supper, then a brief “how to” session followed by a paddle and pull around Little White Lake. Bring kayaks, canoes, pdfs, and paddles if you have them.


RBC Bluewater Voly Day on Park Hill Trails- June 7 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – join the Shuswap Trail Alliance with staff from RBC Salmon Arm for a day of building the new Centre Trail in the Park Hill Trail System. Meet 10 am at the Overflow Parking Trailhead on Park Hill Road, Salmon Arm. Bring a lunch, water, gloves. We’ll provide the tools, training, and fun!


Together Shuswap: Building Bridges for a Better Future – June 10 at Quaaout Lodge. The annual workshop that brings the cultures, governments, sectors and community members of the Shuswap together for a day of education, celebration, sharing, exploration, and action toward creating a better Shuswap for all of its’ people. Registration details at: www.futureshuswap/business/
Early Bird is $30; after May 27th, $40. Includes snacks and lunch.
Contact Darlene Lincoln at Shuswap Community Futures for more info:

A youth component to this year’s workshop creates an opportunity to listen and engage with youth on the challenges and opportunities they think are important for the future. This is free to youth between the ages of 16-24 so pass the word!  Lunch and refreshments provided. To register, email: or call 604-488-5367


Shuswap River Boating Regulations Open House and Survey – The Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan Working Group have been working on some of the implementation actions for the Shuswap River Watershed Sustainability Plan.   In the various priority setting exercises undertaken during the plan development, pursuing boating regulations always came out as the highest priority.   The SRWSP Workin Group is now at a point to undertake consultation specific to the proposed regulations.

For an ouline on the proposed regulations, including maps of the proposed boating regulation zones and details regarding community Open Houses in June, as well as a survey for your input, visit

This is an important initiative toward improving how we live and manage ourselves more sustainably in the region, including how we move and recreate on greenways and blueways. Please participate.

Open Houses

The Open Houses will provide an opportunity to introduce the proposed regulations, provide information on why they are being explored and seek feedback from the community.

1.       Lower Shuswap River – June 10th, 5 – 7:30 PM – Enderby Drill Hall

2.       Mid Shuswap River – June 11th, 5 – 7:30 PM, Mabel Lake Hall


Shuswap Paddle Month – All June – its coming! A full month celebrating and promoting paddling throughout the Shuswap. Watch for updates at

  • June 5 – 14 – National Paddle Week
  • Wed June 10 – Public Paddle Day at Marine Park WOW
  • Thu June 11 – SD#83 POLE Program Dragon Boat Paddling
  • Wed June 17 – Public Paddle at Marine Park WOW
  • Fri June 19 – Dragon Boat Celebration and Banquet – Prestige Harbourfront
  • Sat June 20 – 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival & 5th Annual Outrigger Canoe Races
  • Sun June 21 – Outrigger Canoe Small Boat Races / National Aboriginal Day Cultural Interpretive Paddle / Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby – these 3 major events are all happening at Marine Park
  • Wed June 24 – Public Paddle at Marine Park WOW


Shuswap Outdoors Club hosts group hikes, paddles, and cycle trips. For info call 832-8729. Next trip – June 14, Hike & Paddle in White Lake area. Gary 250-832-6522.


Bike for Your Life Century Ride Registration is Open– on-line registration is open at for the Saturday, September 19 Salmon Arm Bike for Your Life Century Ride.


Accessible Trails for Everyone: Book the TrailRider – two Trail Riders are available for booking out to use on trails throughout the Shuswap (minimal donation of $10). They’re a great way to get out on trails with friends who need mobility assistance. Visit:


And don’t forget to send trail issues and reports to


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