The Shuswap is a meeting place – water, wilderness, people, bikes – that’s been a part of the cultural fabric of the region and is historically rooted in the Secwepemc first peoples. It’s a place to meet and find a little something for everyone – quiet country roads along lakes and rivers, big hit downhill, flow, berms, old school, cross-country, in town/out of town, back country wild and close country natural, bike park features, loops, lines, descent, and distance. It’s a place where you can start your day at a breathtaking interior fjord and end – no matter the trail – with your feet up at a pub or café.
With over 1500 km of quiet paved back roads and 470km of mountain bike trails and cross-country tracks, the Shuswap is a lakeside culture that has found some serious fun cruising the green hills and valleys. But it’s not just one lakeside culture – it’s a hub. Linked by rivers and lakes, each community brings something different to the Shuswap and its own host of narrow tire and wide tire riding opportunities. Oh, and you can access some of those communities by boat, or houseboat. Why drive back to the hotel when you can float your accommodation to the paved or unpaved trailhead?
From highlands to lakes, there’s a unique feel to riding the Shuswap’s quiet paved back roads and trails. Get out here and put your pedal to your mettle. Begin some revolutions of your own, one foot at a time.
For more information on epic rides, detailed trail information and how to best spend your time in the two wheeled saddle, check out www.shuswaptrails.com. Copies of the 2012 Shuswap Trail Guide and the 2012 Cycle Touring Guide are available from local Visitor Centres or from Shuswap Tourism.