Tuesday, August 08, 2017

CBIH Members,
Regretfully we must inform you that Karen MacNeil, a long time member of CBIH has passed away.
Our sincere condolences to James and Family.
Karen's obituary appears in the Cape Breton Post and online in InMemoriam.ca, see link below for further details

Karen MacNeil


Saturday, July 08, 2017


A short synopses of a wonderful weekend in the CB Highlands National Park!

Do you have any photos to share? Please send them to bretonhoppers@hotmail.com

Additional photos available at: http://cbislandtrailphotos.blogspot.ca/

Happy Hikers on the Coastal Trail!😎

The CBIH celebrated 20 years of walking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship exploring the hiking and walking trails of Cape Breton Island in the Highlands National Park.

A weekend of walking and social activities such as a Meet and Greet began on Friday 30 June. Starting off with two walk events, one at Ingonish Beach and the Middle Head Trail and an afternoon stroll on the Clyburn Valley Trail along the Clyburn River and the Highlands National Park Golf Course.

Friday evening at the Ingonish Hall, members of CB Island Hoppers greeted our guest from other parts of the Atlantic Provinces with the other "F' in our motto "FOOD" , as wells as entertainment.

Barb Thistle enjoying Fresh lobster and clams
Dinner at the Ingonish Canadian Legion

We travelled to Ingonish at the right time as Fresh lobster had been available at all of the local Restaurants'

Members and guest staying at the Keltic Lodge had an additional evening of fun, as we enjoyed local entertainment in the lounge late into the evening 😁

While the rest of the province and other parts of the island had rain!! The Ingonish side of the island only had a light shower in the morning and the walk events at Warren Lake and Broad Cove Mountain continued as planned for our Canada Day walk event,

Broad Cove Mountain Look-Off - Canada Day
A message from Darcy Noble and Ron Kent:

Hi Cal and Barb and Rollie,
Memories of my trip to Cape Breton have been with me all week.  I loved your part of Nova Scotia, and your hospitality felt like a big warm hug.
Everything was so well organized and  I know that a lot of effort and helping hands go into making it seem that way.
It was a very memorable trip for Ron and I.  Thank you for creating such a special weekend for us all.

From Ibel Scammell
Great anniversary weekend, CBIH!  Loved every minute of hanging out with you Capers on your beautiful island!

From Lee and Suzanne Lazaro 
Great shot of the Breton Hoppers on their walking weekend in Ingonish!  Wish we could have been there!! 
I do want to share that Lee & Suzanne did not let Canada Day go uncelebrated over here in Oregon. We were invited to a Canada Day BBQ by our friends Russell and Sylvia, who originally met at UBC in Vancouver (Sylvia is from BC originally.) I wore my Canada t-shirt and Suzanne had her maple leaf dress, and we drank Moosehead beer and barbequed salmon, and even sang Oh Canada!  Everything but watch hockey (although I did share one volkswalker's dubious claim to Suzanne and I that more Canadians watch curling on TV than hockey - I personally find that hard to believe.)
Congrats to the Breton Hoppers on 20 great years! 
Lee & Suzanne 

The participants had the choice of one of two events for Sunday, Mica Hill within the Highlands National park near Neil's Harbour or continue north to Bay Saint Lawrence and the Money Point Trail and the Kaufman Trail, near the most northerly part of Cape Breton. This part of the island overlooks St. Paul's Island, the most northern part of Nova Scotia.

Coastal Trail

After the walks/hikes on Sunday we settled in for a wonderful evening dinner at the Ingonish Legion with great food from Jason LeBlanc - Coastal Waters Catering, plus a great performance by Norm MacDonald and Bruce Courtney.

After the dinner the Atlantic Director for the Canadian Volkssport Federation presented volunteer pins to several of our members: Joe MacKinnon - 10 Years; Lucy Nardini - 10 Years; Barb Thistle - 15 Years; Elsie Buck - 15 Years; Cal Thistle - 15 Years; Rollie Coombes - 20 Years Several more to be posted later!

The Coastal Trail on Monday morning proved to be one of the most memorable trails for the weekend with many scenic views along the trail.

More photos will be published on our photo gallery.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Canadian Volkssport Federation's Winter Walking Program

The Annual Canadian Volkssport Federation's  Winter Walking Program starts this week.

  Please see details below.

From: Michele Bell

Date: October 7, 2016 9:28:05 AM ADT

To: 'CVF'

Subject: Winter Exercise Program

The Winter Exercise Program starts on October 15, 2016 until March 31, 2017. 
The stamp sheet can be downloaded from the CVF website at:
The cost is $5.00 upon completion for a recognition certificate.  


Michele Bell

CVF Executive Assistant

Walking is good for the mind, body and soul.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Please Note:

The Guided Walk Event for Sunday 16 October at Lewis Mountain will continue as advertised.

WE will be walking at Lewis Mountain!!

Registration begins at 1:30 and we step off at 2:00 pm.

The Permanent Trail (PT-244) in North Sydney is once again open.

This trail can be done at anytime by members and volkssport visitors on your own or as a group.

Sydney (PT-059) Remains Closed.

Please refer to the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club  "Home Page" for a description/explanation of "Year Round/Permanent Trails.

Also see our National site for more Permanent Trail Events


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club Permanent Sanctioned Walk Events  located in Sydney and North Sydney are cancelled, until further notice, due to the recent flooding caused by hurricane Mathew.

CBRM work crews, and NSP emergency crews are out repairing roads, bridges and power lines.

Many areas of these trails are impassable.


The Permanent Seasonal Walk Events located in Glace Bay, and Louisbourg are also  closed and will cease from now until the new season begins in early May 2017.

There are no reports of damage or street closing in Baddeck; this Seasonal Walk Event will remain open until the end of October as posted, or unless there is more bad news from that location.

At this time, the Guided Walk Event at Lewis Mountain, on Sunday 16 October will proceed as planned.

Again we must caution that adverse weather and trail conditions will determine the outcome as another storm is making its way up the Atlantic Coast this coming weekend.

Any changes to our schedule will be posted as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions or want to pass on any new developments that we are not aware of, please do not hesitate to contact CBIH club president Cal Thistle or the Trails Coordinator Rollie Coombes at the club email address or post on our Facebook account.

For those interested in seeing flood conditions in Cape Breton and other parts of Nova Scotia, there are many videos being posted dail on social media outlets.




Tuesday, September 20, 2016


The Annual Shirley Boutilier Memorial Walk Event

This years walk event will take place at Devils Hill and Waterfalls located on the New Boston Road, Catalone

Start Point: 20 New Boston Road, Recreation Centre parking lot

Date: Sunday, 25 September 2016

Registration: 1:30pm

Walk Time: 2:00pm

Walking Distances: 5k and 10k

Walk Leader/guide: Shirley Pettigrew

Directions to Start Point:

From Hwy 125 take Exit 8 to Rte. 22, Louisbourg Hwy, and continue to Catalone,  turn right at the second exit to New Boston Road. The Start Point is the Catalone Recreation Centre, 20 New Boston Road.



Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Our next walk event and a special birthday event:


Walk Event: Sunday 11 September 2016

Time: Registration: 1:30 PM - Walk Start Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Clyburn Valley Trail-head, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Walk Distance: 5 k and 10 k, a linear style trail walk in and return on the same trail

Travel Time and Distance: (not including wait time for ferry at Englishtown)

From Exit 8 on the 125 bypass to the trail-head is 137 k or 1 hour- 50 min.

Walk Leaders: Diane and Bruce Clarke

From Diane Clark:

This hike is rated  2C with spectacular stands of hardwood trees, boulders bigger than cars, meadows, apple trees and the remains of an old gold mine which will be our destination, approximately 8.5 km return.  The trail follows the river for most of the way, but you will catch a glimpse of the Highland Links Golf Course as it weaves its way up this valley. 


After the walk, 5:00 PM dinner reservations and a Special Birthday Cake surprise.

Coastal Waters Restaurant, 36404 Cabot Trail

Directions: From the Clyburn Trail turn North (left) and continue for 4.1k or 5 minutes, the restaurant is on the left of the highway and lots of parking spaces,

Our Social Committee Chairperson Dianna MacDonald needs confirmation, now, from all members attending this walk.

Please call Dianna MacDonald 902-567-2298 or 


as soon as possible to ensure you have a seat at the table!

[3.] CB Highland National Park Fees are in effect, members are responsible to pay at  the toll booth when entering the park. 

CBIH cannot be held responsible for this fee or any tickets issued by National Park staff.

Fees for the day: Adult $7.80 Seniors $6.80