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BALMORAL TRAILHEAD ACCESS: Approx 9.3km East of Sorrento, or approx 24 km West of Salmon Arm, turn North on onto Balmoral Rd. Follow for approx 1.5 km and watch for the large trailhead parking lot on the right, just before Alpen Paradies subdivision.

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A network of trails connect Balmoral, Blind Bay Lookout, and White Lake trails systems in the South Shuswap - a great place for shorter loop options up to old growth fir trees, the Balmoral Bluffs viewpoint, or White Lake Lookout. Longer routes exist to Blind Bay Lookout, the Tappen View Lookout, or the through-route between White Lake and Blind Bay. Check snow conditions to decide on snowshoes or ice cleats.

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WHITE LAKE TRAILHEAD ACCESS: Approx 9.3 km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, White Lake Rd forms a loop, returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4 km farther east, approx 20 km west of Salmon Arm. Watch for the ‘John Evdokimoff Park’ sign just before the Parri Rd intersection at the west end of White Lake.

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DISTANCE: 0.5 km - 18 km (various) DURATION: 1 - 4+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: Balmoral 11 U 334262E 5637686N White Lake (John Evdokimoff Bike Park) 11 U 337688E 5639194N

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ACCESS: Approx. 9.4 km west of Sorrento on Hwy 1, turn left onto SquilaxAnglemont Rd, and follow it for approx. 5 km towards Scotch Creek. The park is located on both sides of the Adams River. To access the Upper and Lower Adams River Trails during the winter, park at the Rafters Landing trailhead on the left just after driving accross the Adams River bridge.

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The network of trails along the Adams River and Bear Creek make wonderful winter walking (bring your ice cleats), and if snow levels allow, snowshoeing (and even off track skiing). Riverside views: varied cottonwood, ponderosa, fir, cedar, and hemlock forest; and winter wildlife and bird watching.

The Bear Creek Flume Trails parking area is on the southwest side of the Adams River. Turn left/west off Squilax-Anglemont Rd onto Holding Rd just before the Adams River Bridge, and continue along this road watching for the trailhead sign and parking lot on the left just after the bridge. For the Lower Flume Trail, look for the trail across the road.

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DISTANCE: 30 km (Various) DURATION: 1 - 3+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 317957E 5642209N

Cross-Country Ski Trails - over 160 kms of tracked and untracked nordic ski trails are maintained for all skill levels in both the Larch Hills and Skmana Lake trail systems. And for those experienced in venturing further afield, off trail and backcountry exploration beckons.

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The Shuswap is home to one of the province’s largest nordic centres, enjoys mild winter temperatures, and has exploded with new nordic trails and signage. Here is a starter sample of trails to explore. Strap on your skis, snowshoes, or ice-cleats and get out here!

Snowshoe Trails - discover the Shuswap winter. Routes throughout the Shuswap are now marked using reflective orange blazes helping trail users find their way in the snow. We’ve included over 100 km of snowshoe trails in this mini-guide. Visit www.shuswaptrails.com to discover the full complement of over 400km of exploration.

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ACCESS: Travel approx 13 km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1 to the west end of the 4-lane section near Malakwa. Turn left onto the north frontage road and drive for approx. 300 m parallel to the highway before turning right into an old gravel pit. The parking area is near the entrance sign and trail map.

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ACCESS: Travel approx. 28 km east of Sicamous on Hwy 1; turn north on Avoca Road (just west of the Perry River bridge). Another 500 m up Avoca Road, turn left onto the North Fork FSR and drive 800 m to the trailhead parking area on your right. If the forestry road is unplowed, park at its junction on Avoca Road and start from here, using the forestry road for access to the trails.

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ACCESS: Travel east off Highway 1 at Squilax along the Squilax-Anglemont Road to Anglemont (North Shuswap). Turn left (north) on Golf Course Drive. Park just past the Fire Hall on the right Flume Lower Trail and walk upBear to Creek the top of the road looking for the trail headLoaki sign just n-Bear Creek ahead on the right. The trail climbs up Rd the bank into the forest.

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A series of loop trails, explore the old growth cedar and hemlock forest along the Eagle River and Yard Creek. Link these trails with a visit to the trails on the south side of the highway at Yard Creek Park.

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A 21 hectare conservation park adjacent to the Perry River in the East Shuswap. The park is a legacy gift entrusted to the CSRD by Peter Jennings to ensure its natural values are conserved for generations to come. It rests within the edge of the interior wet belt, an inland rainforest where unique and often vulnerable plant and animal communities are found.

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NEW! This regional trail is a perfect little out-and-back trail exploring the North Shuswap forest above Anglemont to a hidden waterfall. Experienced snowshoers may want to venture off trail in the upper forest to explore higher up the creek.

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The Mt Baldy trail (built in the fall 2013) is a collaborative project between the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C Parks Commission, the Sorrento and Area Community Association, and the Shuswap Trail Alliance. It’s an intermediate snowshoe or ice cleat walk (3.3 kms uphill) through mixed forests to a great lookout over the lake. A newer 1.7 km upper loop trail was blazed (Summer 2014) and brushed for more adventurous and experienced hikers to explore. A final addition to a side view part way up the trail was built along with a reroute to the upper ridge (Fall 2016). Combined with the upper loop, the trail to the lookout and back makes a perfect 7.6 km hike through changing forest ecosystems with viewpoint rewards along the way.

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ACCESS: From Downtown Chase follow Pine Street north to the Neskonlith Lake Road. Travel west along this gravel road for 3 km, where you will come to a fork. Take the right fork and go up the hill. You will be rewarded here with a spectacular view of Little Shuswap Lake, the Villages of Chase and Adams Lake First Nations, as well as the South Thompson River and the farmlands along the VLA road. Stay on this road for another 10 km. until you pass under the B.C. Hydro transmission lines. Watch for the parking lot on your left.

DISTANCE: 4.8 km DURATION: 3+ hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 323013E 5639376N

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An evolving 14km series of nordic ski loop trails, maintained by the Skmana Ski Club surrounding beautiful wetlands and intimate twin lakes. Plus a system of new snowshoe trails continue to grow and compliment the winter nordic season. A winter warming hut provides a cozy place to gather pre-and-aprés ski. Trail use fee: by donation to the Skmana Ski Club.

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DISTANCE: 10km (return) 3.5+km (return) DURATION: 1 - 3 Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 307266E 5638958N

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ice cleats make all trails winter friendly Check for snow conditions on lower elevation trails during warmer winter weather. Add ice-cleats and poles to your quiver of snowshoes & skis to make every Shuswap Trail accessible all winter long! Go to www.shuswaptrails.com to discover the full complement of winter trails.

did you know... Did you know that a double orange trail blaze (one offset above the other) indicates a direction change, turn, or switchback along a trail. The upper blaze is offset in the direction of the turn, making it easier to find the next blaze showing your route when snow hides the trail.

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DISTANCE: 4 km (one way to first lookout) 6.5 km (one way to summit) DURATION: 4 Hours (return to first lookout) 7+ Hours (return to summit) TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 350993E 5604788N T he iconic Enderby Cliffs Tplaqin Trail climbs high above the Splatsin community and town of Enderby, offering breathtaking views of the Shuswap River valley and the North Okanagan to the south. Snowshoers can make several viewpoints their destination taking a step back in time to the Tertiary age when the cliffs were formed. This is a sacred area to the Splatsin. The view point at 4 km provides the most frequented destination for snowshoers.

CAUTION: From the 4km viewpoint, take extra care of cliff edges, steep drops, and dangerous conditions. Poles are a must. ACCESS: Turn East in down town Enderby (follow signs to Mable Lake), cross the Shuswap River Bridge onto Mable Lake Rd. Continue for 2 km down Mable Lake Rd. and take a lefthand turn onto Brash Allen Rd. heading north. At 1.4 km Brash Allen Rd. forks - stay right and continue down the unpaved road for 1.6 km until you reach the parking lot in the field on the southwest side of the road intersection. The trail starts at the road intersection and head east along the fence next to the gravel road. Brash Allen Rd

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A perfect 3 - 4 hour outing complete with a stop at Cec’s Cabin for lunch and a warm fire. Cec’s Cabin is 5km from the parking lot straight up Larch Hills Road. There are a few options to get to Cec’s Cabin from the main parking lot. Option one is to head straight up Larch Hills Road to the South Hub. Once at the South Hub continue up Larch Hills Road along some easy rolling hills with views to Hunter’s Range up to Cec’s Cabin. Option two offers a longer and more scenic tour through some of the popular lower trails. Head up Metford Rd, across Bilbo’s Bog, and onto the Ermine Frolic Loop which meets up with Reino’s Run and brings you to the South Hub. For a fun way out, head out on Alder Lane to Sky Trail for some fast downhill tracks back to the South Hub. Make your way back to the parking area through the lower trails.

Walk only on marked snowshoe trails, avoid nordic ski trails except in an emergency or where marked, and where ski trails are crossed – look both ways for fast skiers and step over the groomed tracks. Snowshoers who find they have to walk along short sections of the Nordic ski trails to reach a snowshoe trail are asked to stay on the outside edge of the groomed trails well away from the ski track.

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With over 150 km of trails (over 50km trackset; 100km non-trackset) that include classic and skate skiing, multiple combinations make for many loop variations. Consider booking an overnight in the Main Chalet loft or Cec’s 20 Avenue E. Cabin and explore new trails over several days. (Visit www.skilarchhills.ca for booking information). For those new to the area, here are three favourite track set trail combinations to try,

• Shuswap Trails are within the Traditional Territory of the Secwepemc First Nation.

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Head up Metford Road and take a left at the top of the hill onto Sentinel. Follow Sentinel through rolling forested canopy up to a beautiful view of the valley. If you have time, ski the extra 2KM to the Lake View viewpoint for a great photo opportunity with Shuswap Lake in the background. Continue back on Sentinel around to Woodlot Ramble. Keep an eye out for moose tracks on this section as it’s a favourite winter habitat for this animal. On Woodlot Ramble get ready for a lot of downhill all the way back to the newly expanded Chalet where you can warm up and enjoy your lunch.

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Don’t miss this magical family event the end of December. Kerosene lanterns light 5km of trackset trails for a relaxing night ski followed by a potluck smorgasbord of treats and hot chocolate back at the Chalet. The trail heads up Metford Road, across Bilbo’s Bog through to Reino’s Run, the South Hub and a warm bonfire. Head up Larch Hills Road and back around through Frodo’s Bog before heading down Larch Hills Road to the parking lot. This event is by donation of money and/or food items to local food banks.

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South Canoe is a busy trail destination for winter walking (ice cleats) and snowshoeing, plus a growing number of winter fat-tire mountain bikers. (Packed snowshoe trails double as excellent winter bike trails.) It also provides access to the Larch Hills trail system above, as well as the Larch Hills Traverse. In the winter, it is sometimes possible to ski to the Larch Hills Nordic trails thanks to tracksetting by the Larch Hills Nordic Society.

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A large year-round network of trails built and used by snowshoers and skiers in the winter; and hikers, local equestrian riders, and mountain bikers when the snow melts. Under the newly developed management plan driven by local trail stewards in partnership with the City of Salmon Arm and the Province, the system has received new trail signage, several reroutes and new trail additions.

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DISTANCE: 150 km (various, over 50km trackset) DURATION: 1 - 6+ Hours TRAILHEAD GPS: 11 U 349238E 5619607N

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2019 Nordic Guide  

The Shuswap is home to one of the province’s largest nordic centres, enjoys mild winter temperatures, and has exploded with new nordic trail...

2019 Nordic Guide  

The Shuswap is home to one of the province’s largest nordic centres, enjoys mild winter temperatures, and has exploded with new nordic trail...