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Temporary dog ban in effect at the Foreshore Trail

Visitors to the popular foreshore trail are asked to take extra care this spring – including leaving their dogs at home.
Foreshore Trail
Runners are welcome on the Foreshore Trail but leashed dogs are prohibited until after nesting season on June 15.

The Salmon Arm Bay is having babies! Visitors to the popular foreshore trail are asked to take extra care this spring – including leaving their dogs at home – to ensure the many birds, amphibians, fish, and mammals that live in the nature reserve have ample space to nest and raise their young.

“Spring is the critical nesting season for wildlife in the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Reserve,” says SABNES President, Janet Aitken. “Even small incremental disturbances can cause irreparable damage. So trail users are asked to take extra precaution.”

To ensure we protect all the species that raise their young in the nature reserve, the City of Salmon Arm has closed the foreshore trail to dog walking between April 15 and June 15. Trail users are asked to leave dogs at home, be extra vigilant of baby wildlife on the trails and viewing decks, and be sure to report any disturbances or bylaw infractions directly to the animal control hotline at 250-833-8492. Reports can also be emailed to

“Submitting reports is an important part of the adaptive monitoring plan for the foreshore trail,” says consulting biologist, Jeremy Ayotte. “Trail users are our eyes on the ground.”

These reports are being monitored by a city working group assembled to help city staff and council determine if the current dog walking bylaw restrictions are sufficient to ensure the safety of wildlife in the nature reserve. Any immediate concerns could result in further restrictions.

“This is the community’s opportunity to show we are serious about protecting foreshore wildlife and can manage our dogs responsibly at the same time,” says Peter Robertson, who advocated for allowing leashed dog walking on the trail and is part of the monitoring group.

In December, Salmon Arm council moved to implement a trial period to see if dogs walked on the foreshore trail with restricted two-metre leashes could be adequately managed without increasing impacts to wildlife.


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