Monday, November 23, 2015

Annual General Meeting, Awards, End Of Season Party Christmas Lights Walk

The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 November.
This years meeting was held in Cantley Village and was hosted by our President and Vice President Cal and Barb Thistle.

Most executive members will remain in place however Don MacKenzie will take over as Club Secretary and Margaret Kingsbury will take on the responsibility as chair of the Membership Committee. Thank you to these members who will volunteer their time to assist the club.

Our sincere thank you to our former Secretary Bibiane Lessard, and to Carmel Coffin who has looked after the Membership Committee. A job well done, thank you very much for your service.

Carmel Coffin has been with the club since its beginnings - An Original - and has worked on many committees and has always been available to assist where possible. Carmel has finally received and overdue,  "The Canadian Volkssport Federations Volunteer Award for exceptional service".

Club President Cal Thistle invited Rollie Coombes to present the awards to Carmel Coffin and Judy Lorway: Philip Longmire our CVF Atlantic Director has sent his regards to the club and the award recipients.

Rollie Coombes, Carmel Coffin

Judy Lorway has also  been with the club since its beginnings - An Original - and has worked on many committees, walk leader, and has always been available to assist where possible. Judy has hosted many club gatherings at her home and has worked on the executive in many capacities over the years. Judy has  received the 10 Year award from   "The Canadian Volkssport Federations 10 Year Volunteer Award for exceptional service."

Rollie Coombes, Judy Lorway

End Of Season Party - Pot Luck Event -  will be held on Saturday 28 November.

More details to follow.


This will be the last walk event for the 2015 Season
Date and Time: Saturday 12 December at 6:00 PM
Starting on The Esplanade at Cambridge Suites
A 5k walk event led by Don Mackenzie highlighting Christmas Lights and decorations.
Hot beverages will be available after the walk event.
Hosted by Judy Lorway, More Details and location to Follow


Do you want to go snowshoeing or cross country skiing this coming winter? 
Send an email or phone and put yourself on the Vice Presidents, Barb Thistle's list of interest.
We will send out emails when the snow and the group  are ready to go!!!

CB Island Hoppers Volkssport Club, Walking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Please join The Cape Breton Island Hoppers on Sunday 1 November:

Group Guided Walk Event.

Location: Uisge Bahn Falls

Registration begins at 1:30 PM

Group Guided Walk Starts at 2:00 PM

Walk Leaders: Don and Maureen MacKenzie

Directions to Start Point:
Traveling west on Hwy 105, turn right at Exit 9 and continue 14.5k to Forks Baddeck and watch for Uisge Bahn Falls Provincial Park & CBIH walk signs to the Start Point at 715 North Branch Road. B0E 1B0 

Upcoming Events for the remainder of the season and please note changes to the Annual General Meeting:

1. The Lakes Golf Course, Ben Eoin - Sunday, 15 November,  Walk Start Time 2:00 pm 

2. Annual General Meeting - Saturday, 21 November, 10:00 am - 12 noon
Location: Barb and Cal Thistle's home at 9 MacKinnon Avenue, Cantley Village

3. Leitches Creek Walk Event - Sunday 22 NovemberWalk Start Time 2:00 pm

4. End Of Season Party - Saturday 28 November - 7:00 pm - A Pot Luck Event
Location364 York St., Glace Bay Hosts: Ann and Rollie Coombes 

5. Christmas Lights Guided Walk - Saturday 12 December @ 6:00 pm, Start Point: Cambridge Suites, Esplanade, Sydney

Friday, October 23, 2015


Please join The Cape Breton Island Hoppers on our next walk event:

The Start Point for our walk event will be The Access Trail 1330 Coxheath Road, B1L IB3 - Please do not block the private driveway located on the same road leading to our SP and trail.

Sunday, 25 October
Registration: 1:30pm
Walk Time: 2:00pm
GW: 5/10k
TR: 3C

Walk Leaders: Diane Clarke and Bruce Clarke: 

 The Coxheath Trail System:

Friday, October 16, 2015


Please join the CB Island Hoppers on Sunday 18 October for a 5K and/or 10K walk event at "The Summit" on Daley Road, New Victoria/ New Waterford area.

Registration begins at 1:30 PM
Walk Start Time: 2:00 PM

The Start Point for our walk event begins at or near the intersection of Daley Road and 3-5 May Street, Scotchtown, at the NEW parking lot known as "The Summit."

Driving from Sydney, you may enjoy the scenic view along coastal Rte 28 (Sydney/New Waterford Hwy) then turn  right on Daley Road to the Start Point.

An alternate route is Hwy 4 (the Sydney/Glace Bay Hwy) turn left on Gardiner Road and follow signs towards Scotchtown/
New Waterford then left on May Street (in Scotchtown) to the Start Point.

Start Point: NEAR THE Intersection of Daley Road and 3-5 May Street B1H 1C9
- "The Summit" Parking Lot

Monday, October 12, 2015


Christina and John Saremba (BC) at Corney Brook, CB Highlands National Park

The Cape Breton Island Hoppers along with other Atlantic Volkssport Club spent an excellent Thanksgiving weekend in Cheticamp and The Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Attending the event were walkers from Dartmouth Volksmarch Club, Valley Trekkers VC and Central Nova VC.
In addition to the 60+ volkssport members who had registered we were pleased to have Christina and John Saremba from BC join us for all of the walk events and entertainment events as well.

The weekend started with a cloudy windy day but the rain held off until after our walk event.
The first event began in downtown Cheticamp and continued out along the Gypsum Mine Trail (former rail line to the gypsum mine). This was an alternate route as the Salmon Pools Trail had been closed do to a recent flash flood in the area.

Tanya McNutt - Central Nova and Lionel Conrad Dartmouth VC stop for a breather along the Cap-Rouge Trail    
On Saturday morning the group headed out on the Corney Brook Trail that runs parallel along the brook of the same name to a waterfall at the end of the trail.

Barb and Cal Thistle alternated between Walk Leader and Sweep for the Corney Brook Event

In the afternoon we headed out on to the Cap-Rouge Trail. A slightly more challenging event with what seemed like a continuous uphill walk event but with great views or vistas of the Cap - Rouge headlands and the ocean. During the hike the weather took a somewhat downward spiral of cold air along with a brief interlude of hail but the hills helped to warm us up as we proceeded to the look-off at the end of the trail.

Cap Rouge was led by Norm Johnson and Janice Johnson as the Sweep or Ender, ensured that all made it up the hiills and returned safely to the finish point.

On Sunday, participants had the chance to select one of  the two walk events that took place at L'Acadien Trail and La Buttreau.

A short 8K event with less strenuous hills became a much more pleasant walk near the ocean for those participants who wanted to relax and enjoy the scenery around the Highlands National Park and have more time to take in some of the Celtic Colours Festival Events.
Cheryl MacKinnon took over and led this walk event.

While 25 other walkers opted for the 10K hike and to take in the views and the trail system up Burnt Mountain along L'Acadien Trail. A slow steady climb along a well used track with all of the bridges in place made this a very worthwhile and pleasant walk event. Walk Leader Rollie, and Lionel Conrod volunteered to be the Sweep

View of Cheticamp from the top  L'Acadien Trail/Burnt Mountain

THE SKYLINE TRAIL - Led by Don Mackenzie and the Walk Sweep Maurena Mackenzie. The most popular trail with grand views, moose and other wildlife and a unique board-walk along the apex of French Mountain and the most popular among our groups has once again inspired the largest turn out for the weekends event with 62 volkssporters stepping off at 9am for a walk event that we will not soon forget.

Walk Leader Don Mackenzie of the CBIH steps out front to get the well enthusiastic group out on to the trail  
On the Right Barb Thistle VP for CBIH  and Cal Thistle President for CBIH - looking after the Skyline Trail Start Point and ALL of the other SP's for the weekend
Thank You to all volunteers and particularly to Dianna MacDonald who coordinated the Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday night. Barb and Cal Thistle who arranged entertainment and prizes and a lot of other detailed events that made this a very successful weekend.

Additional pictures will be published as they become available!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Left Bill Boutilier, Rollie Coombes, and Far Right Shirley Boutilier receiving one of many awards throughout the years


DATE: Sunday 20 September, 2015

TIME: Registration begins at 1:30 pm - Walk begins at 2:00 pm 



LOCATION:  Mira Pastures - MacKeigan Road


From Sydney Hwy 125 take Exit 7 to Route 327 (Gabarus Hwy) and continue to Marion Bridge.
After crossing over Marion Bridge continue past Trout Brook Road and the highway begins to curve slightly to the left, MacKeigan Road is on the left (east side) of the highway.

"CBIH WALK SIGN" will be posted near the "T"- junction near house #4144

NOTE: From the roundabout, at the top of Alexander Street, following Hwy 327 to MacKeigan Road is 15.1K 

Continue on MacKeigan Road to the Start Point.

Shirley had been a founding member of the Cape Breton Island Hoppers, a dedicated Walk Leader, a Vice President and member of the Walk Committee from the origins of the club, and Assistant Trails Coordinator. Volunteering for many of our Barbecues, at her home "Out on the Mira".  Along with husband Bill, her walking partner, both spent many hours and many weekends exploring and pre-walking the hiking trails of the island.
Many of the walk events we have done over these many years and continue to walk have been the result of the work and dedication of Shirley and Bill to the CB Island Hoppers and our /their  commitment to walk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship.

"The walk starts at 2:00pm, stop talking and get walking!" OK Shirley I'm going"...

Monday, August 31, 2015


CB Island Hoppers, a reminder:


Lewis Mountain Trail: A former road/trail to Lake Ainslie.

The trail follows or runs parallel to McPherson Brook.
The Trail is a very gradual incline and not very steep as the name may suggest, it hugs the side of the mountain it is named after

CBIH Walk Event will take place on Monday 7 September

Registration takes place at 12:30 and we Step Off at 1:00 PM

For further details go to our website EVENTS CALENDAR:

Please note that our national organization The  Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) have established a new or revised website, please see the link below:

Within the CVF site you will find the CVF Newsletter "VOLKSSPORT CANADA" and the latest edition features CBIH on the front cover. Follow the links in the black banner "What is Volkssport" and click on "Volkssport Canada". If you do not have "Drop Box" you will be instructed to sign up,(this is free)  if you do, simply log on and the newsletter will open

Don't forget to sign up for our October long weekend (9-12) of events in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Cheticamp area.
If you can't make it for the entire weekend then how about coming out for one or two walk events to help support your club.
Pick up a copy of the brochure at the next walk event or simply request at this email address and I will send out to you as .pdf as soon as possible.
There may be one trail change: Salmon Pools Trail has been closed because of recent flooding and Parks Canada officials have promised to let me know about the trail as soon as they can to determine the amount of damage and if the trail will reopen by October. 
An alternate trail will be selected if we cannot use Salmon Pools Trail.
Lets get out and walk for fun, fitness and friendship!