The historic Collie Creek Trail connects the Columbia River Valley to Howse Pass via Amiskwi Pass, and was used by the Secwépemc people as a travel and trade route, connecting Secwépemc ancestors to the northern Stoney and to the Rocky Mountain House during the fur trade. It was also here that Chief Pierre Kinbasket (Kenpésq̓t), last hereditary chief of the Shuswap Band, acted as a guide for a Canadian Pacific Railway survey party and early explorer Walter Moberly. Restoration and preservation of this historic trail would contribute to the preservation of Shuswap history and allow youth and elders, and everyone in between to reconnect with the cultural heritage of this area.
We will begin restoring the historic Collie Creek Trail later this month, and we are looking for volunteers to help with this important work. We need you!
- Trip dates: June 22-27
- FREE to volunteer
- Kitchen & dining shelters, drinking water, fire pit and latrine will be provided.
- Volunteers will bring & cook their own food.
- The GDTA will provide all trail maintenance tools, tool training, and safety orientation for all trips.
- Trail building experience is not required, but volunteers should have experience backcountry camping and hiking.
- Volunteers will have to arrange their own rides to Base camp at Cairnes Creek Recreation Site.
- The health and safety of our volunteers are most important so we have updated our COVID-19 Rapid Response Plan and Operating Procedures in accordance with government health guidelines.
- Note that due to circumstances that are sometimes beyond our control, trip dates and camp location are subject to change. We will inform you as soon as we possibly can in the event of such change.
Our work is generously supported by the Columbia Basin Trust.
How to Join:
Contact us if you are interested in participating and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Come join us in the mountains – Build trail – Sleep under the stars – Be inspired!