Time to get on the party trail

The event raises the critical base funding needed to keep the wider Shuswap Trails initiative mobilized, and it also seems to raise the roof

  • Jan. 6, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Feb. 5 Shuswap Trail Alliance party are here.

This is the organization’s main fundraiser and funds will go directly toward launching a new decade of trails throughout the Shuswap, says executive-director Phil McIntyre-Paul.

“The Feb. 5th event raises the critical base funding needed to keep the wider Shuswap Trails initiative mobilized, and it also seems to raise the roof,” he says.

But trail party supporters have come to learn that tickets sell out every year.

“It’s hard to believe these tickets have become such hot items,” said Winston Pain, chair of the Shuswap Trail Alliance board.

“It seems celebrating and creating a regional legacy of recreational trails and greenways just pair very well – especially in early February when we’re all a little cabin crazy. We’re humbled every year by the support.”

Shuswap Trail priorities for 2016 include a new historic Shuswap Trail Strategy and Roundtable, which acknowledges the alliance’s place within Secwepemc Nation Territory, says McIntyre-Paul.

There will be more trail additions and upgrades, more active transportation planning and perhaps the transformation of the  abandoned Sicamous-Armstrong rail line into a world-class greenway for walking and cycling.

“So buy those tickets to the annual celebration and help to make the next decade of Shuswap Trails possible,” says Pain, noting tickets at $35 are available at Skookum Cycle and Ski.

Donations for silent auction items may be made by calling Pain at 250-804-645 or by dropping items off directly at Lakeside Insurance.