Monday, October 27, 2014

NOVEMBER 2014 WALK EVENTS


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers November Walk Events:

THREE GUIDED WALK  EVENTS REMAINING FOR THIS SEASON!

#1NORTH SYDNEY

Location:
9 Baird Street
Clansman Motel
North Sydney
B2A 3M2.


Sunday, 09 November 2014
Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm


Walk Leader: Elsie Buck
Guided Walk Event
Distance: Choice of 5 or 10k
Trail Rating: 2B


#2 BEN EOIN

Location:
The Lakes Golf Course and Ben Eoin Ski Resort area on Hwy 4 B1J 1P1
Meet Up in the parking lot

 
[This event is not our original 2014 paper copy]

Sunday, 16 November 2014
Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm


Walk Leader: Phyllis MacLeod
Guided Walk Event
Distance: Choice of 5 or 10k
Trail Rating: 2B/2C


#3 SYDNEY


Location:
380 Esplanade, Sydney
Cambridge Suites


Depending on weather conditions the Walk Leader will select one of our alternate routes, Baille Ard Trail or the Rotary Park Green Links trails as highlights of this walk event.

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm


Walk Leader: Lucy Nardini
Guided Walk Event

Distance: Choice of 5 or 10k
Trail Rating: 2B

Please note that the event begins and ends at Cambridge Suites and paid parking is now enforced at the hotel parking lot unless you are booked in the hotel or use the dinning room facilities

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CHALLENGE WALK EVENT AND DOCK & WALK PROGRAM

WALK EVENT:
 
Start Point: Bay Saint Lawrence Road, 6014 Road, B0C 1R0
Registration:  Sunday, 19 October @ 1:30 pm
Walk Start Time:  2:00pm
Group Guided Challenge Walk 
Distance:  5-10k
TR: 3C

Our walk leaders are Bruce and Diane Clarke, they are all keyed up to show us this unique area of Cape Breton.
Diane and Bruce are energized and ready to go!

Directions to Start Point:

Participants should allow at least 3 hours driving time; this should give you time to take a break before starting on the trail.

Follow the Cabot Trail to Cape North Village, turn right at Mac Donald's Motel and follow Bay St Lawrence Road and CBIH Walk Signs to the Start Point.


DOCK AND WALK PROGRAM:

Meet At The "Big Fiddle"



The CBIH along with other CVF clubs who happen to have Permanent Trails or Year Round Events that may go close to where a cruise ship is docked in their areas provide walk instructions for volkssport members who happen to be on a cruise. The volkssporter is provided information by email on how to get their stamps and continue on the walk event within the city that they are visiting. Always a good idea to have a club member accompany them as well!
Our walk event in Sydney is unique as the dock area is so close to the original Start Point.
We have developed a set of walk instructions specifically for cruise passengers!
Passengers/volkssporters get off the ship, at the "Joan Harris Pavilion" and proceed to the "Big Fiddle",as their Start Point, and then follow the new boardwalk to the Cambridge Suites, where they register and stamp their books. From the Cambridge Suites they then proceed on most of the Sydney walk event with some alterations from our original walk event.
The volkssporter/passenger following our instructions returns to the "Big Fiddle" and Joan Harris Pavilion not requiring to end at the hotel.
This coming Sunday 19 October, at least one passenger/volkssporter Bill Rusby, retired US Air Force has indicated he is interested in doing this walk event.
I have met several passengers over the past couple of years and it is always interesting to meet with these volkssporters form other places. It is a great way to meet new friends and be a club ambassador who can represent our organization plus another small way to entice these walkers in coming back to Cape Breton on their own or with other groups.
Because of the club walk on the same day as the ship arrives, we are looking for a volunteer(s) to accompany Bill on his walk event in Sydney.
Note the walk in Bay St Lawrence is our annual challenge event
If you are interested call or email Rollie 902-849-0747 club email address: bretonhoppers@hotmail.com for further details.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEW HARRIS ROAD - KELLY'S MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Monday 13 October 2014 New Harris Road at the Base Of Kelly's Mountain.

Beautiful Sunny Day as 22 members and friends of the Cape Breton Island Hoppers ventured along an old abandoned road along the edge of the mountain that eventually winds its way to the top of the mountain near Hwy 105. Along the way our walk leader and guide Norm Johnston pointed out where former farm homes had been located.
We were pleased to have Gerry and Carol Veachrouch from St. Albert, Alberta, CBIH Members Lee and Suzanne Lazaro - Marion Bridge/Corvallis Oregon and our newest walker/member Pat Passerini from South Bar, glad to have you all aboard for today's walk event and hope to see you on the trail at another time.
Thank you to Janice and Norm Johnston for being our walk leaders and guides and for introducing us to a new trail. Great job!

Below is a view of Seal Island Bridge:

Photos Compliments of CBIH member John Merrick - John is a resident of Dartmouth and summer resident in Boularderie. This is John's last walk with the CBIH for this season. See you next year.

Seal Island Bridge as seen from New Harris Road

The 10k Group overlooking Seal Island Bridge
More photos will be published on our Photo Gallery section

Monday, October 06, 2014

REMINDER WALK EVENT MONDAY - CB ISLAND HOPPERS

CB Island Hoppers,
 
Another Great Walk Coming Up, So Lets Get Out For Fun, Fitness And Friendship. The long range weather forecast is looking great but the season is unfortunately beginning to come to an end, only a few more walks available for the 2014 season!

THE NEXT WALK EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND - MONDAY 13 OCTOBER

New Harris Road, Big Harbour
[NORTH SIDE OF SEAL ISLAND BRIDGE, BASE OF KELLY'S MOUNTAIN]

Start Point: New Harris Road,  B1X 1T6

Registration: 1:30pm is our normal registration time HOWEVER see note below**
MONDAY,13 October
Walk Time: 2:00pm
GW: 5/10k
TR: 2C

DIRECTIONS:

From North Sydney follow Hwy 105 west to Seal Island Bridge and after crossing the bridge on the north side turn left on to New Harris Road and continue as the direction below given by Norm Johnson our walk leader for this event:

"We did a pre walk today and are going with a different walk on the New Harris Rd.
The starting point will be 1.4km from the turnoff at the KOA camp. 
Walk rated at 2C and if the weather is good walkers should bring their cameras.
**We will be waiting at the start of walk on Monday at 1pm. See you there."

Thanks, Norm

CBIH signs will be posted along route.
 
Click below to see additional photos submitted by Diane Clarke from 5 Oct in Big Pond, East Bay Hills.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

CBIH SUNDAY WALK EVENT PLUS OKTOBERFEST

PLEASE NOTE: WALK EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY  05 OCTOBER 2014
(correction from paper copy)


LOCATION and TIME:

Glengarry Road, Big Pond

Sunday, 05 Oct 2014
Registration: 1:30pm
Start Time: 2:00pm


Walk Leader:Elsie Buck/Joe MacKinnon
Guided Walk Event
Distance: 5/10 Km
Trail Rating: 2C


FIRST ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST - MARION BRIDGE
SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER
3 - 10 PM
MIRA CENTRE - Home of the Seniors and Pensioners

SEE ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN THE CAPE BRETON "COMMUNITY POST" weekly Supplement.
Oktoberfest is organized by Bridget Benz and Joe MacHoll
Bridget and Joe have been active members of CBIH for several years since immigrating from Germany. Come out and have some fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WALK EVENT - EAST MARGAREE

The CB Island Hoppers will be sponsoring a Group Guided Walk in the East Margaree area:

Sunday 21 September, 2014
Registration: 1:30pm  
Start Time 2:00pm
5 KM and 10 KM, Trail Rating 2C
Walk Event Registration fee is $2:00 for all members -IVV Stamp- and all guests

THE TRAIL - MARSH BROOK ROAD/TRAIL

Please note this is linear style trail, (returning on the same path)
We will use the former Marsh Brook (LOWER)  Road following along side or parallel to  Marsh Brook. 

5k walkers will travel 2.5k and return to the Start Point for a total of 5 k, and 10k will travel along the trail for 5k and return to the Start Point for a total of 10k.
Guided Walk Leader: Rollie Coombes

Driving Directions to the Start Point:
 
From Sydney follow the Trans Canada 105 West to Exit 8, continue North to Margaree and cross over the Margaree River at Doyle's Bridge continue to East Margaree. Note there are two more bridges further north along the Cabot Trail that may be taken to enter the community of East Margaree if you miss Doyle s Bridge....

Start Location:
Trail head begins at 1176 Margaree Road,  of St Micheal's Church (rear parking lot)

rfc for Cal Thistle, President CBIH

 

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WALK EVENT SUNDAY 7 SEPT 2014

WALK EVENT:

SHIRLEY BOUTILIER MEMORIAL WALK

SUNDAY 07 SEPTEMBER 2014
REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 1:30pm
WALK STARTS AT: 2:00pm

LOCATION: BENGAL ROAD MIRA

DIRECTIONS TO START POINT:


From Sydney follow Hwy 327 and continue to Marion Bridge, turn left on to Trout Brook Rd., this is the first and immediate left after Marion Bridge and continue on Trout Brook Road to Bengal Road located on the right (south) immediately after a small one-way bridge. 
The Start Point is located along Bengal Road, approximately 1.5 km from the intersection of Bengal and Trout Brook Roads. The walk route will take us along an old fire road towards the fire tower and return (5k). The 10k walkers will then continue south along Bengal Road turning around at a blueberry farming area.


The other driving option from Sydney: Follow Hwy 22 towards Louisbourg, crossing over Albert Bridge then right on Trout Brook Road (At Mullins Rite Stop) until you reach Bengal Road on your left.

WALK DISTANCE: 5 & 10k
Trail Rating varies between 2A and 2B
Walk Leaders: Elsie Buck (5k) Rollie Coombes (10k)
Q. 902-849-0747 or bretonhoppers@hotmail.com
 
NOTE: At the families request there will be no social function/BBQ or pot luck after the walk event.