Shuswap Trail Alliance Celebrates Canada's 150

News Release

June 13, 2017


Shuswap Trail Alliance Celebrates Canada’s 150


The Shuswap, British Columbia – Trail lovers: Are you stuck finding a gift to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? The Shuswap Trail Alliance has a great idea.  We want to leave a Trail Legacy for the whole Shuswap.

Our community had a dream to build a well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained network of trails. Over the years, this dream has come true. We now have over 700km of trails to explore.  And we want these trails to be here for the next 150 years. 

Building a permanent endowment with Shuswap Community Foundation is the next step to creating sustainability for the Shuswap trail system.  A contribution to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund is a gift to the Shuswap, of a well-maintained trail system for future generations to explore.

“After the celebrations are over and the last piece of cake is eaten, the last
balloon popped, wouldn’t it be amazing to reflect on Canada’s 150th and know that we have built an endowment fund that will ensure a robust system of trails in perpetuity. I can’t think of any better birthday gift for the community,” says Cindy Derkaz, director of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and avid trail user.

It’s easy to be part of the Shuswap Trail Legacy: make your cheque payable to Shuswap Community Foundation (note it is for the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund), send to SCF at Box # 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7.   Or donate online at  Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.

"Receiving support for future trail maintenance efforts through this Legacy Fund will be a game changer for the community," says Phil McIntyre-Paul, Executive Director of the Shuswap Trail Alliance.  "We constantly look for ways to collaborate to do our good work.  And I’m so inspired to think of our community making this type of meaningful gift to ourselves!"

"We love our community partners like the Shuswap Trail Alliance, who see the value in building a long term fund to support their efforts.  It’s the beauty of the Community Foundation," says Dave Wood, President of the Shuswap Community Foundation.  “And I love that this is being built as a 150th birthday gift to the Shuswap!”


All contributions, small or large, are gratefully received and help build the Fund.  If you contribute $1,000 or more to the Shuswap Trail Legacy fund in 2017 you will become a “Canada 150 Trailblazer” and will be recognized into the future for your efforts to establish the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund.

Contact Cindy Derkaz, Chair of the Shuswap Trail Legacy Committee, for more information about how to help the Shuswap Trail Alliance celebrate Canada’s 150, or with any questions about making a Canada 150 contribution to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund.