Monday, August 31, 2015

LEWIS MOUNTAIN TRAIL - CVF WEBSITE - VOLKSSPORT CANADA

CB Island Hoppers, a reminder:

1.

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:


2.
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

http://www.walks.ca/index.html

3.
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!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BBQ AND WALKING TOUR IN WASHABUCK(T)

Maurena and Don MacKenzie invited the Cape Breton Island Hoppers out to Washabuck for a BBQ and a walking tour of the surrounding area.

A great BBQ with great "Chef Don" who did not let a little rain spoil the day.

A little wine and wonderful food and good friends helped to make a rainy day bright and cozy!

Maurena organized and kept the food line going, making sure everyone had enough burgers and hotdogs and plenty of wonderful deserts.

Hot drinks and wine were shared amongst the crowd.

Thank you Don and Maurena for the wonderful hospitality you have shown throughout your time with the CBIH. Much appreciated.

See our photo Gallery for more of the scenic views of Washabuck and note the old and proper spelling is Washabuckt as seen on a monument. http://cbislandtrailphotos.blogspot.ca/

After a great walk - Shirley helps prepare the refreshments!




Overlooking the Washabuck area along the Bras d"Or Lakes




Monday, July 06, 2015

MIDDLE HEAD TRAIL - UPDATES

INGONISH BEACH/MIDDLE HEAD TRAIL

The Social Committee has suggested the following:

" Hi, Some of our club members plan to take their supper with them on Sun., July 12, and enjoy a picnic in the park before heading home. Everyone going is invited to do the same. Please let our members know. Thanks, Dianna".


Sunday 12 July

Registration 1:30pm

Start Time: 2:00pm

From Hwy 105 take Exit 11 going passed the Gaelic College and continue on the Cabot Trail to Ingonish. The Start Point for the walk event is Ingonish Beach (Google Maps show our Start Point as 90 Beach Road!!)

Note: English Town Ferry is operating at this time, however (CBIH) will not be responsible for cost or if not operating, so please give yourself plenty of driving time to be on time for the walk event!

Distance Calculator for Cape Breton Island:
 http://capebretonisland.com/

http://capebretonisland.com/cape-breton-information/cape-breton-distance-calculator/

143 k from Sydney to Ingonish, 1Hr 48 minutes


CB Island Hoppers,


Our next walk event on Sunday 12 July is Middle Head Trail.
Registration begins at 1:30 pm and we step off at 2:00 pm

The Start and Finish Point is Ingonish Beach - 
 Beach Road Ingonish

Note also that the Englishtown Ferry located off Hwy 105 Exit 12 is a slightly shorter route/driving time to Ingonish, however the trip across the ferry, one-way is $7.00 ($3.50 with a Coupon, a book of coupons cost $35.00) with a possible wait time during the weekend, especially on the return trip.

If you take Exit 11 off 105, continuing passed St Ann's College and the Community of North River Bridge you can expect to add about 15 minutes more or less to your driving trip. The hgwy to North River has been upgraded but after the bridge expect some minor rough sections in the Tarbot area!

EXPLORE OUR ISLAND FOR FUN, FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP WITH THE

CAPE BRETON ISLAND HOPPERS!

Friday, July 03, 2015

HEARTLAND TOUR 2015

On Monday July 6, Heartland Tour Core Team 2015 will host an all day events in the CBRM -Sydney area.
A fun filled informative day of activities for all ages and abilities, healthy snacks, a free t-shirt for registered participants.
Participation is Free!

Come out and do your part to help promote a fun and healthy lifestyle for all Nova Scotians

CB Island Hoppers President Cal Thistle and Vice President Barb Thistle along with the Trails Coordinator will be at "Open Hearth Park" at 09:00 promoting the Cape Breton Island Hoppers during this event.
 Members of the club are encouraged to meet-up with Cal (help promote our club by wearing a CBIH t-shirt or jacket) and we will do a walk about through the surrounding park area.


Some of our event participants this year include:
  • Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volksport Walkers
  • NS Heart and Stroke Foundation Cape Breton
  • Cross Fit Perardua (Crossfit for kids & adults)
  • CBRM Firefighters (Firetruck and equipment demonstrations)
  • Canadian Armed Forces Sydney
  • EHS (Blood Pressure checks & Glucose Testing)

Heartland Tour Mission

To promote healthy, active living through education, inspiration, and role modeling; recognizing the need to improve the cardiovascular risk profile of Nova Scotians of all ages.

Heartland Tour Vision

An optimally active and healthy Nova Scotia population.

Heartland Tour Tag Line

Create a healthier you, one kilometre at a time.



For additional information on the Annual Heartland Tour Group:

Name: Elaine Swartz

Phone: 9025672256

Email: edithswartz@ns.sympatico.ca
 
Website: http://heartlandtour.ca/communities/sydney-july-6th/
 
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

WALK EVENTS

CANADA DAY WALK EVENT

Petersfields Provincial Park, 1188 Westmount Road

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Registration begins at 8:30am

Walk Start Time 9:00

Participants can select 5k and 10k routes

Get into the spirit of the day and wear something red for this occasion!

INGONISH BEACH/MIDDLE HEAD TRAIL

Sunday 12 July

Registration 1:30pm

Start Time: 2:00pm

From Hwy 105 take Exit 11 going passed the Gaelic College and continue on the Cabot Trail to Ingonish. The Start Point for the walk event is Ingonish Beach (Google Maps show our Start Point as 90 Beach Road!!) Note: English Town Ferry is operating at this time but we (CBIH) are not responsible for cost or if not operating, so please give yourself plenty of driving time to be on time for the walk event!!!!!

Distance Calculator for Cape Breton Island:
 http://capebretonisland.com/

http://capebretonisland.com/cape-breton-information/cape-breton-distance-calculator/

143 k from Sydney to Ingonish, 1Hr 48 minutes




NORTH RIVER TRAILS:


A CB ISLAND HOPPERS sponsored event will take place at North River on Sunday 26 July @ 2pm. We will be doing  a 5k and 10k Walk Event along the North River Trail towards a popular fishing pool and return.
We will not be going to the North River Big Falls!


FYI:

Just in case anyone would be interested in walking to the North River Big Falls, "Hike The Highlands" is doing  a guided hike into The Big Falls on Saturday , Sept 19 at 9:00 am (18 K). 

http://www.hikethehighlands.com/

Please note the above walk event is not sponsored by the CB Island Hoppers and any questions or concerns about the above mentioned walk should be directed to HIKE THE HIGHLANDS.



OTHER INFO:

FROM THE ATLANTIC DIRECTOR:

PHILIP LONGMIRE

 and MICHELLE BELL, OUR CVF EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Philip
Hello everyone,
 
Please have a look at the message below. Club presidents, please pass this along to your club members and encourage them to purchase the CVF caps.
 
Thanks!
 
Michele Bell
CVF Executive Assistant
Walking is good for the mind, body and soul.
 
 
 
 
Baseball Caps
David Hall is placing an order on July 13th for Volkssport hats.  The baseball style caps are cotton and will have the CVF logo on the front and the half maple leaf and walks.ca on the back.  The hats will be black with red printing.  Price is $15 each including delivery.  Deliveries to each city will be grouped where ever possible.  Payment can be by cheque (payable to the Volkssport Association of Alberta), cash or by credit card. Please let David know before July 13th if you would like one. Contact David at Davidhall@Live.ca or at 780 951 2882.

CBIH MEMBERS, please follow the contact information above if you want one of these CVF baseball caps. CBIH is not responsible for the purchase or delivery of the merchandise.

 

DEDICATION SERVICE - JOHN RODIE

NOVA SCOTIA VOLKSSPORT MEMBERS
 
YOU ARE INVITED TO A DEDICATION SERVICE
 AND MEMORIAL FOR

 JOHN RODIE 

SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 – 10:00 AM

FRENCH BASIN TRAIL PARKING LOT HIGHWAY 1 ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA 

The Town of Annapolis Royal has acquired a piece of land in order to extend their trail system connecting the Town with the French Basin Trail.

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, this trail will be dedicated as the “John Rodie Way” in honour of John’s service and commitment to the Town of Annapolis Royal.

A Bench will be placed on this trail as a memorial for all the work John has done for the Recreation of Annapolis Royal and the Volkssporting Community. 

Following the Dedication of the trail the Valley Trekkers will lead a walk through the Town of Annapolis Royal in memory of John.

Please plan to join us for the event.

Everyone is Welcome. Saturday, July 11, 2-4 pm A Memorial Celebration of John’s Life will be held at the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy Gymnasium, 590 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.

Volkssport clubs in Nova Scotia has lost an excellent walk leader, a reliable volunteer, a former Board member for both the Dartmouth and Valley clubs, and most of all - a fine gentleman.

Please come out and join the family, community and fellow volkssporters in the Celebration of John’s Life.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEDNESDAY WALK EVENT

CBIH Members,
 A reminder that CB Island Hoppers will have a Wednesday Group Guided Walk Event.
Glace Bay Permanent Trail, Starting at the COOP Gas Bar 99 Reserve Street Glace Bay.
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Meet -up at 1:30pm for Registration and we will step off at 2:00pm
Participants can select 5k or 10k.
Please note that there is limited parking at the Gas Bar so we will meet in the Adjacent parking lot "The Bargain Basket". Come early and shop for a bargain!!
Also note that the COOP Gas Bar will be renamed very soon and at this moment the management will consider my request to keep our walk box for this year!
 
If your not able to make this Group Guided Walk  Event then why not come out on your own or with a couple of friends, or with your pet, and sign-in on your own, ask for the Walk Box, stamp your IVV Books for Distance and Events and participate in our Permanent Trail Events.
CBIH maintains Five (5)Permanent Trails in Cape Breton at convenient locations such as Louisbourg, Sydney, North Sydney, Baddeck and in Glace Bay as noted above.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A GRAND SLAM WALKING WEEKEND

Hopefully everyone now has a copy of our weekend walk and dinner events, that have been passed out at each walk event by the club president Cal Thistle!

WHAT'S HAPPENING?
The large numbers below indicate what the CBIH is sponsoring or taking the lead during the weekend events -

 Starting with the "ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL"
www.rootstobootsfestival.ca 


ROOTS TO BOOTS FESTIVAL





Roots to Boots Festival
Louisbourg, June 11-13th, 2015
www.rootstobootsfestival.ca

The first annual Roots to Boots Festival will
be held in the communities of Ch├ęticamp and
Louisbourg from June 11 to 14, 2015 with a
unique blend of entertainment engineered
to please cultural enthusiasts: Storytelling,
hiking, food, local-flavour concerts, song
writers’ circle and late night square dances.

Thursday, June 11
“Cram-a lot-in” at the Louisbourg Firehall!
6:00-10:00 PM: Fishcakes and beans along with
local NFLD entertainment. Cash bar, must be 19+ to
attend. Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased at
the door or in advance at the Louisbourg Playhouse:
(902) 733-2996.


1. Friday, June 12

Hike the Lighthouse Coastal Trail
2:30-5:00 PM: As you walk this beautiful trail, discover
stories of the history and nature of this area.
Start Point - Kennelly Point picnic area. Distance: 5k -
10k, Rating: 2A, 2B
This walk will be led by the Cape Breton Island Hoppers
Volkssport Club:
http://www.capebretonislandhoppers.com/

6:00 PM: Dinner and entertainment by Lee Price at
the Lobster Kettle. Phone (902) 733-2723.
8:00-10:00 PM: “Square Dance in a round playhouse!”
The Louisbourg Playhouse will be host to a square
dance with special guest, the talented fiddler, accordionist,
Uillean piper and singer from Newfoundland,
Daniel Payne, accompanied by Shirley Montague and
Bernard Felix. Tickets $15. Cash bar, 19+ event.
http://louisbourgplayhouse.ca/


2.  Saturday, June 13

Hike the Old Town and Fortress of Louisbourg
Trails

2:30 PM: Walk back in time as you walk along
the Old Town Trail and venture inside the mighty
Fortress of Louisbourg. Your guides will tell you
stories of the “Old Town” from the 20th century
to the 18th century.
Start Point Royal Battery, Kennington Cove Road
Distance: 5k - 10k, Rating: 2A, 2B
This walk will be led by the Cape Breton Island
Hoppers Volkssport Club
 
 
3.  ALL CBIH MEMBERS WANTING TO ATTEND THE BEGGARS BANQUET!
- YOU SHOULD NOW BE REGISTERED!

6:00 PM: Beggar’s Banquet at the Point of
View Suites

A tantalizing evening of lobster and crab, storytelling
and tales.
Dinner is served promptly at
6:00pm, you must be on location by 5:30pm to
be dressed for dinner.

http://www.louisbourgpointofview.com/beggars-banquet/
For tickets, phone (902) 733-2080

CB Island Hoppers: Registration for the Beggars Banquet with the club treasurer is now completed!



4.  SUNDAY 14 JUNE:

Cape Breton Island Hoppers Trails Day within the CB Regional Area:

SCHEDULE/START CARD INFORMATION HAS BEEN GIVEN OUT AT RECENT WALK EVENTS

This is a multi-trails day event, a total of 20k for the day, ending with a BBQ

The first trail of the day will begin on Sunday 14 June, Registration will start at 07:30am and we step off at 08:00am
The Start Point is the parking lot at 1188 Westmount Road, Westmount, Petersfield Provincial Park.

Participants who have their Schedule/Start Cards are asked to bring them to the Walk Event.

Some copies will be available at the First Trail or you can email bretonhoppers@hotmail.com and we will send you a copy.