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

Monday, August 29, 2016


Sunday 28 August 2016, The Cape Breton Island Hoppers walked the network of trails on the West Mabou Trails and beach area.

Trail Bio:
Walkers can select one of two Start Points.
(1). Begin at the parking lot, entrance to West Mabou Beach Road or continue on Beach Road near the entrance to the beach area where there are some picnic tables and toilette facilities.
(2). The Western Coastal Trail runs from behind the parking lots near the beach along the bluffs, adjacent to, and overlooking the beach. This is the most popular trail.
The trail runs through a small section of twisted spruce before it opens up into an old pasture field, providing wonderful views the whole way. You can either follow the trail down to the south end of the beach and walk back on the sand, or you may choose to walk back to the parking lot or road through a series of inland paths and loops. Any one of these loops is about 2 km of easy, family friendly trails with some benches along the way. Karst topography or sinkholes are a common but interesting geological feature along the trails here.

Twenty members of the CBIH enjoyed a great day of walking along the beach and the various trail.

After the walk event 17 members enjoyed a good dinner and good company at the "Mull Restaurant" in downtown Mabou.

The group photo below was provided by Wanda MacDonald:

Thursday, August 11, 2016


CBIH Members,

Mira Pastures and Canoe Lake have been cancelled!!

A travel ban in Nova Scotia forests, including hiking and walking trails, as you may already be aware, has been enforced this past week and will continue beyond our next walk event on Sunday 14 August.

This is beyond our control and we would like to provide you with a "Safer and fun Alternative."

Club executives will provide our membership with a new walk option, beyond the forest, for this coming Sunday 14 August.

Come on out and show your enthusiasm for walking no matter what the obstacles.

Join us for a beach walk in Sydney Mines.

Start Point: The Recreation/Ball fields Parking Lot at
150 Pitt St. B1V 1R8 

This walk event will take us out to the beach area at the end of Ocean Avenue and we will continue on the trail just a few metres from the beach, going towards the community of Florence.

A great opportunity, If you want to kick off your shoes and walk in the water!

Registration will begin at 1:30 pm

Walk Start Time: 2:00 pm

Please pass on to all club members that you meet or talk to!!

CB Island Hoppers are dedicated to Walking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship!

Club President Cal Thistle and the Trails Coordinator