Annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser

Annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser

Trails Party and Auction

Only one month to go: annual party and auction targets healthy communities & new trail projects

The Shuswap, British Columbia – Active communities are healthy communities. And that means getting outside, on your feet, which mean pathways and trails – and sometimes – dance parties. And that’s the driving force behind the annual Shuswap Trail Party and Fundraiser set to go in just one month on Friday, February 5th. The popular deep-winter event raises the critical base funding needed to mobilize the Shuswap Trail Alliance and support trail initiatives throughout the region each year. It’s also a lot of fun.

Tickets for the popular Shuswap Trails Party and Auction are available for $35 at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm, and include “great music, great appies, great beverages, great auction prizes, great people, and a great cause,” according to the organizers. “It also happens right when we’re all going a little cabin crazy and could use a night out,” says Shuswwap Trail Alliance board chair, Winston Pain. “But hurry, tickets always sell out.” All proceeds from the event go directly to supporting trail projects in 2016.

Silent Auction donations are also being welcomed. Businesses throughout the Shuswap are invited to promote their services and products and support the Shuswap Trail Alliance’s programs by contacting Winston Pain (250-804-6451) or by dropping items off directly at Lakeside Insurance in Salmon Arm (another long-standing sponsoring partner of the Shuswap Trail Alliance.)

At the top of the silent auction leader board, Waterways Houseboats is once again leading the way with their Genesis 66 Houseboat. And Twin Anchors Houseboats has also jumped into the Platinum tier with their Cruise Craft II, which sleeps 15.

Also joining Skookum, Waterways, Twin Anchors, and Lakeside Insurance at the front of the sponsor line is Lakeside Printing donating printing costs, and EZ Rock’s Patrick Ryley. “We are very pleased to have EZRock’s Patrick Ryley back on deck to get the crowd dancing and celebrating all of the accomplishments that everyone has achieved in the region in 2015,” announced Pain. “And we’re also excited to announce that this year’s live band will see a reuniting of the much beloved, Whiskey Danglers.” Blue Canoe Bakery Café joins the celebrations with locally sourced appetizers to fuel the festivities. And the Barley Station rounds out the local flavours with their micro-brews on tap.

2016 Shuswap Trail priorities include launch of the historic new Shuswap Trail Strategy and Roundtable which takes a major step forward to acknowledge our place within Secwepemc Nation Territory, more additions and upgrades to regional trails including mountain bike, hiking, equestrian, and Nordic trails, expanded active transportation planning, and of course, the pending opportunity to see the abandoned Sicamous-to-Armstrong rail line transformed into a world class greenway for walking and cycling.  “Plus watch for renewed support for paddle trails from regional partners,” says Shuswap Trail Alliance Executive Director, Phil McIntyre-Paul. “And we’re really excited to partner with the Shuswap District Arts Council to host a first-ever Art Exhibition featuring Shuswap Trails this summer. It’s going to a good year.”

Shuswap Trail Party and Auction tickets are available for $35 at Skookum Cycle & Ski in Salmon Arm. The annual celebration lights up deep winter on Friday, February 5th, at the Salmon Arm Rec Centre. Silent Auction donations can be dropped off at Lakeside Insurance in Salmon Arm or by calling Winston at 250-804-6451. For more information on Shuswap Trails and the Shuswap Trail Alliance visit

For further background on this release, please contact:

Phil McIntyre-Paul (Executive Director)
for the Shuswap Trail Alliance

Winston Pain (Chairperson)
For the Shuswap Trail Alliance

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