Wednesday, May 04, 2016


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club has lost a good friend, and we extend our sincere condolences to Marion Hopkins and the  family of Bill Hopkins.


William (Bill) Tracy Hopkins a member and good friend to the Cape Breton Island Hoppers VC passed away on 18 Dec. 2016.

Bill was very active with the CBIH and enjoyed many outdoor activities before his illness.

Bill is survived by his wife Marion R. (MacLean) who participated in our walk events as well.

The Cape Breton Post reports that visitation will take place at Sydney Memorial Chapel on Friday, May 6 from 7-9 pm.

Funeral services will take place at the United Protestant Church  of Sydney River on Saturday, May 7 at 2pm., with  Rev. Dana Feltmate officiating. Internment at Black Brook Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
CBIH will make a donation to the Hospice Palliative Care Society, Cape Breton County 
rfc for Cal Thistle, President Cape Breton Island Hoppers VC

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers had the privilege of hosting the Canadian Volkssport Federation's Annual Atlantic Director's Meeting.

The weekend events included  three group guided walks in Sydney (Baille Ard Trail*), Peters field's NS Provincial Park and New Harris Road that included a 2Km stretch on the Kelly's Mountain Trail.

The weekend meeting also included lunch for those attending the scheduled meeting. An evening dinner was held for all members at the Swiss Chalet in Sydney.

Barb and Cal Thistle hosted the meeting and lunch at their home in Coxheath.
Members of the Social Committee provided the lunch.

The Social Committee includes Dianna MacDonald, Carmel Coffin, Julie Dzaich and Judy Lorway Thank you folks we enjoyed everything you provided.

Going up the Kelly's Mountain Trail off New Harris Road
In attendance for the Atlantic Directors Meeting:

"Thank you for visiting our community and we hope to see you all again".

Phillip Longmire - CVF Atlantic Director

Julie Benson - Representing Dartmouth Volksmarch Club [DVC]

Heather MacLeod - President Central Nova Volkssport Club [CNVC]

Karen Illsley - President Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club [VTVC]

Deborah White - Trails Coordinator for VTVC

Cal Thistle - President Cape Breton Island Hoppers [CBIH]

Rollie Coombes - Trails Coordinator CBIH

On Monday, May 2, 2016 6:16 PM, Phillip wrote:

 Hi Cal.
Please pass  my thanks to the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club for hosting what I believe was a very enjoyable weekend. A special thanks to you and Barb for opening your home for our Atlantic Director’s meeting and providing us with a hearty lunch. Thanks to Rollie for organizing and leading us on some beautiful walks with spectacular views.

Our visitors take sometime to enjoy Cape Breton hospitality!

Salute, Cheers!

Karen Illsley

Barb Thistle! So who is going to wash the dishes?......"Cal"!

A Special Thank You to Barb Thistle who opened up her home, and a warm welcome, as our meeting area and provided us with a great meal and good tea!


One of the important subjects to come out of the AD Meeting for the CBIH was to inform the other Nova Scotia Volkssport clubs that our 20th Anniversary will be held in 2017.

The Island Hoppers will hold 6 walking events and dinner during the July 1st weekend.
We are in the final planning stages to host a series of walk events in Ingonish, The Highlands National Park and Cape North areas.

2017 is also the 150th anniversary of Canada and the National Park service has indicated that Park entrance fees will be suspended for the year.

The 2017 Nova Scotia Volkssport marathon event will be hosted by the Central Nova Volkssport Club 16 September 2017. CNVC will also host the next Atlantic Directors Meeting 29 April 2017.

We were reminded that the Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year in Shelburne, NS during the July 1st weekend.

The Dartmouth Volksmarch Club will be hosting the 2016 Marathon in September.

If you need a paper copy or require an updated electronic brochure on these or any events, please email and I will send it to you as soon as possible.

Baille Ard Trail
When on the trail, I was asked, "what does Baille Ard mean in English? 
While in Ireland the English had a habit of writing phonetically when they encountered local place names.
The only answer I could find and I may be corrected if wrong.
Baille is Irish for "townland" and Ard is "hill or height".
Therefore I will surmise that it is "townland on the hill" !

First walk of the weekend, Phillip Longmire AD 3rd from right

Petersfield Trail

A wonderful weekend for Fun, Fitness and Friendship!

Thank you to all members of the Island Hoppers who attended the walk events and gave our Volkssport friends a warm welcome to Cape Breton.

Below: Don and Maurena MacKenzie 

"It was a beautiful day for a walk--great company, too!"

Saturday, April 09, 2016



Registration is requested for the dinner event on April 30, 7:00pm, at Swiss Chalet, see below for more information :

A. Next Scheduled Walk Event:

Open Hearth Park,109 Ferry St., Sydney B1P 6A4 
Guided Walk Sunday 17 April, 2016
Registration begins at 1:30pm
Walk starts at 2:00pm
Rated 1A - very little hills or inclines, well groomed pathways
Walk event will take place in and around the Open Hearth Park and trails
Walk Leaders Maurena and Don MacKenzie

B. Weekend of Walks/AD Meeting/Dinner :

The Cape Breton Island Hoppers will host the CVF Atlantic Directors Meeting with Philip Longmire from 29 April to 1 May 2016.

The AD meeting starts Saturday 30 April at 1:30pm and includes all Atlantic club presidents, trails coordinators and/or their representatives.

The weekend of activities will also include 3 guided walk events, a luncheon and an evening dinner event.

ALL Club Members are encouraged to attend the walk events and the evening dinner.

Registration and/or confirmation of attendance is requested for
the evening dinner on Saturday 30 April, 7:00pm, at Swiss Chalet 482 Grand Lake Road, Sydney B1P 5S8.
(Menu can be found on-line)
Contact Dianna Macdonald at 902-567-2298 or Judy Lorway 902-567-0017

WEEKEND WALK EVENTS: (29, 30 April and 1 May)

Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney B1P 1B1
Sydney Permanent Trail (Baille Ard Trail)
Guided Walk Friday 29 April 2016
Registration 3:30pm
Walk Starts 4:00pm
Walk Leaders Maurena and Don MacKenzie

Petersfield Provincial Park, Westmount NS
1188 Westmount Road, B1R 2J6
Guided Walk Saturday 30 April 2016
Registration 8:30am
Walk Starts 9:00am
Walk Leader Elsie Buck
Directions to Start Point: Take Exits 5 or 5A from Hwy 125 following signs to Westmount Rd and the nearby Canadian Coast Guard College

New Harris Road/Seal Island Bridge
3779 New Harris Road, B1X 1T1 - adjacent to KOA parking lot
Guided Walk Sunday 1 May 2016
Registration 8:30am
Walk Starts 9:00am
Walk Leader Rollie Coombes

Directions to Start Point: From North Sydney continue west on Hwy 105, after crossing the Seal Island Bridge turn left on New Harris Road.


Registration and/or confirmation of attendance is requested for
the evening dinner on Saturday 30 April, 7:00pm, at Swiss Chalet 482 Grand Lake Road, Sydney B1P 5S8. (Menu can be found on-line)
Contact Dianna Macdonald at 902-567-2298 or Judy Lorway 902-567-0017

Monday, March 14, 2016



Elsie Buck leads the CBIH Walk Event in Sydney, CVF Convention 2010
Get your walking shoes or boots ready, "It's time to Start the 2016 walking season". 

Spring is in the air, the clocks sprang ahead this past weekend on Sunday 13 March.
This was our first hint that the walking season has begun for the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club


Most of the snow has begun to melt away, the brooks and streams are flowing.
Its time to get out and walk in the fresh air and hopefully sunshine.

Sunday 20th March is the first day of spring and the first Group Guided Walk Event for the Island Hoppers.

Meet-up and Register at the Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney, B1P 1B1.

Registration Takes Place between 1:30 and 1:55 PM

The Walk Leader along with the Group will step off at 2:00 PM

This will be a 10k walk with an optional 5k for those wanting a shorter walk experience.

A Group Guided Walk Event using our Sydney Permanent Trail:  Rotary Park - Green Links Trail and portions of Wentworth Park, the downtown and board walk areas of Sydney.

The walk event is rated at 2B - some minor hills, a mixture of sidewalks, gravel trails, pathways with some roots, boardwalks

All CBIHVC walk events are sanctioned by the Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) and the International Federation of Sports (IVV)

Please "Be prepared" for all weather conditions, as we do not normally cancel walk events for rain or other adverse weather conditions unless there is immediate danger.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Note: if you want to bring your pet! Pets must be on a leash at all times during our group walk events.

Any questions about CB Island Hoppers, this walk event or our 2016 schedule please contact the Trails Coordinator Rollie Coombes, 902-849-0747 or email

Saturday, January 23, 2016

CB Island Hoppers - Snow Shoe Event

Barb and Cal Thistle invite all members and guest to join the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club for a snow-shoeing adventure in Petersfield Provincial Park.

Location and Time:

1188 Westmount Road, Westmount
Sunday 24 January at 2:00pm

Great weather for having fun in the outdoors along the unique trails within Petersfield Park.

Participants can follow the leader Cal Thistle for a 1-2 hour snow - shoe jaunt.
Bring a friend plus your snow-shoes for fun, fitness and friendship!

CBIH out on a winter walk in Sydney

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Bill Hopkins with friends from CB Island Hoppers

It is with deep regret that we must inform you of the passing of a good friend and former  CBIH club member William (Bill) Tracy Hopkins.

Bill passed away at home on Friday, 18 December 2015 at the age of 81.

Bill is survived by his wife Marion ((MacLean).

Condolences, words of comfort to Marion and to Bill's family can be sent to or email

Funeral and visitation will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

The path will be lonely without you, but we shall meet again when the trails meet again at the end of the woods...


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!