Thursday, April 10, 2014

SYDNEY WALK EVENT - NO GROUP E-MAIL

GUIDED WALK EVENT - FOR FUN - FITNESS - FRIENDSHIP

DATE: Sunday, 13 April 2014
TIME: Registration 1:30pm - Walk begins: 2:00pm
LOCATION: Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney
WALK DISTANCE(s): Select 5K or 10K 
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS A PARKING FEE IF YOU USE THE CAMBRIDGE SUITES PARKING LOT 

GROUP E-MAIL NOTIFICATION WILL STOP UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Out dated e-mail and the computer system we use, the ongoing latest virus threat etc has convinced me to finally upgrade my personal computer. This will take place over the next few weeks and we will be back with more advanced technology.

All group e-mail notifications are sent out as Blind carbon copy (Bcc) - recipients should not see other other members email addresses other then your own, and the one address such as bretonhoppers@hotmail.com in the [To:] Box.

Follow us on Twitter: CB Island Hoppers@CBIH  


Rollie Coombes, Website and Trails Coordinator, CBIH

Monday, April 07, 2014

CBIH PAST PRESIDENT ELSIE BUCK AND NEW PRESIDENT CAL THISTLE


HOW TIME FLY'S! We now have our 5th Past President!


Thank you to our newest member Darlene Broussard for the following photo and attending her very first walk event with CBIH accompanied by her walking pal "Isis"
Joe MacKinnon, Elsie Buck & Cal Thistle 
On Sunday 6 April, at the Clubs Annual Guided Walk Event in North Sydney, Cape Breton Island Hoppers Club President Cal Thistle presented Elsie Buck with the Past President Pin.
Cal now wears the Club Presidents pin and Elsie has become the 5th Past president of the CBIH. Well done Elsie.
The first President of CBIH was Wayne Howie followed by Phil Irons, Rollie Coombes, Joe MacKinnon and Elsie Buck. 
Cal Thistle and Barb Thistle are founding members of CBIH who have been on many of the club committees and have continued to be hard working volunteers within our organization.
Barb Thistle has taken on the role of Vice President, there is no doubt that we have a great team to keep CBIH going for many more years to come. 

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED EACH YEAR! ARE YOU READY TO HELP OUT?

More photos for Sunday 6 April can be found in the "Photo Gallery" click on the site to the right of this page.


Friday, March 21, 2014

BANFF - CVF CONVENTION 2014 UPDATES

CANADIAN VOLKSSPORT FEDERATION - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CONVENTION - 2014

Host Club: St Albert Trekkers

Convention Chairperson: David Hall

http://cvfconvention2014.ca/Home.php

Latest up dated message from David Hall:

When our club decided to hold the convention in Banff we knew we had to set up some extra walks.  There was just one walk sanctioned in Banff.  So under the direction of our trail master – Niels Breum, we set up the following walks:
President’s Walk   This guided walk led by 18 leaders goes out to the Bow Falls and famous Banff Springs Hotel. The 10 km part of the walk also walks through the campus of Banff Centre – a school of  Fine Arts and business leadership.
Convention Walk  This guided walk goes up to  the historic Cave and Basin Sulphur Hot Springs and Cascade Gardens.
Seasonal and YRE Walks   YRE Central, located in the Black Bear room, is where you can register for all the YREs and Seasonal walks in the Banff and surrounding area.  After walking, come back once to get your books stamped.   We think it will work well.  These walks include:
Starting from the Banff Park Lodge Hotel
Banff YRE, Banff Historical, Hoodoos,  Tunnel Mountain, Vermilion Lakes and Sundance Canyon.
Starting from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola parking lot  (reachable by bus or a short car ride) 
    The Sulphur Mountain 6 or  11 km walk is a hike up about 12 switchbacks to the top of Sulphur Mountain.  Not for the faint of heart but nice to say you have done it!!  Views!!
Within an hours drive of the Banff town site there are the following walks:
Canmore 5 & 11 km YRE, Johnston Canyon, Boom Lake, Emerald Lake  5 & 11 km, Lake Louise  5 and 12 km, and Moraine Lake  5 and  10 km  (the 12 km Lake Louise and 10 km Moraine Lake routes might be iffy at this time of year, so we will update you just before the convention),
And of course there are walks in Calgary, Airdrie and Okotoks, not very far to the East.  If you are into Dinosaurs there is a walk in Drumheller, Dinosaur capital of the world.
Favourite Walks   I get asked what is your favourite walk David?  That is tough.  In the Banff town site I would say it is a tie between the Hoodoos and Tunnel Mountain.  Outside the town site it is also a tie between Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Oops, maybe Emerald Lake is also tied!!  All these mountain walks are terrific. 
If you are staying longer in Alberta then it is best you check out the walks on the Alberta website as well as the convention website:
Spring is in the air.  The first bear of the season has been seen in Banff.  A 225 Kg male grizzly!  (I hope I don’t see him!)     Look forward to seeing you in just over 2 months.
David

Monday, March 17, 2014

MIRA PARK 16 MARCH 2014

THANK YOU TO DIANE CLARKE FOR THIS PHOTO AND THE REMAINDER OF THE PICTURES IN THIS SERIES OF PHOTOS IN MIRA PARK 16 MARCH 2014

Click on Photo Gallery to the right of this page for more pictures of this walk event




The snow is not that deep!! Judy Lorway & Lucy Nardini in the foreground

The Cape Breton Island Hoppers out on the trails in Mira Provincial Park, Albert Bridge, Mira, Cape Breton.
Excellent weather conditions, the sun kept coming out from behind the clouds and most of the snow had been reduced to only ankle deep in some places.
We decided to track out on to the trail without snowshoes as we encountered  bare conditions and mud and only a few places where the snow was actually over our ankles.
Turned out to be a great work out for those wanting a little more exercise!!
More photos are available in "Photo Gallery Section" Right hand-side of this page.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WALK/SNOWSHOE EVENT - MIRA PROVINCIAL PARK

According to long term weather forecast we should have a mixture of light rain/sunny day this coming Sunday 16 March.

NO MATTER THE WEATHER its time to get out and walk with your club members, shake off the winter blues and start thinking about spring.

Albert Bridge, Mira
Mira Provincial Park, Brickyard Road, Sunday 16 March 1:30pm Registration 2:00pm Guided Walk begins

More then likely this will be a WALK EVENT through the park lanes and trails.
The heavy rains we are experiencing at this time will more then likely get rid of most of the heavy snow. 

However:Keep the snowshoes handy!Keep the rain gear even handier!Its Cape Breton weather, be prepared for anything!

No matter how slow you walk, your moving faster then a couch potato. Lets get out and Walk for the Health of it!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK - MIRAMICHI WEEKEND 4-6 JULY 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK MIRAMICHI WEEKEND 4 - 6 JULY 2014

The Dartmouth Volksmarch Club (DVC) has invited all volkssporters to attend a fun weekend of walking and social activities

A brochure has been sent out by group email, if you have not received this, you can pick one up at the next CBIH walk event or request an online copy from 
bretonhoppers@hotmail.com


The July Miramichi Weekend brochure is available with all the details, if you have any
questions, please contact Sandy Hickey at 466-3816.
To help with the planning for this exciting weekend, Sandy and her committee
would like to know if you are planning to participate.

ABOUT MIRAMICHI:

The city of Miramichi lies on both shores of
the Miramichi River, long known for its
legendary salmon fishing and unspoiled
natural beauty. The famous river runs through
Northumberland County and empties into the
Gulf of St. Lawrence. Historically, the name
"Miramichi" referred to the entire river valley,
as well as all of its towns and seaports. It is
still used in this context today.

 WALK FOR FUN, FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP!

If you have any 
questions, please contact Sandy Hickey at 902 - 466 - 3816.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CB ISLAND HOPPERS SNOWSHOE EVENT - MIRA PROVINCIAL PARK

CANCELLATION NOTICE:

CB ISLAND HOPPERS AND FRIENDS,

The Events at Mira Park today Sunday, 16 February, has been cancelled because of adverse weather/ice conditions.
Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience!

Please let your friends know about this cancellation.

Cal Thistle, President CBIH
and
Walk Committee



A STORM IS BREWING BUT WE ARE STILL PLANNING TO GET OUT AND PARTICIPATE IN OUR WINTER WALKING PROGRAM!!!!

STAYED TUNED TO ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS....

CB HOPPERS ARE ANXIOUS TO GET OFF THE COUCH AND GET ACTIVE!

The CBIH Volkssport Club's first Group Guided Event for 2014 will take place on Sunday 16 February at Mira Provincial Park located off the Brickyard Road in Albert Bridge.

As long as weather conditions remain with lots of snow on the ground, this will be a snowshoe event (SK) through the Provincial Park using the trails and roads that abound in this unique park situated along the Mira River.

XC-skis are permissible.

Note: the trail and roads may not be suitable without snowshoes, anyone wanting to simply walk may have to complete the 5 or 10k event along the Brickyard Road.

Participants should come prepared with snowshoes, carry a warm drink (thermos) and dress for the elements. 

Please be prepared for any type of weather at this time of year

The Start Point is located at the intersection of 439 Brickyard Road  the Entrance to the park, Albert Bridge, B1K 2R9.

DATE: Sunday 16 February, 2014

TIME:
 Registration begins at 1330 Hrs -  (1:30 pm) Walk begins at 1400 Hrs -  (2:00 pm)

DISTANCE: 10k with a shorter option of 5k

TRAIL RATING: 1B (rating could and will vary in winter conditions?)

An explanation of the Trail Rating system can be found at: 

http://www.walks.ca/CVF/TrailRating.html


A Group Guided Walk Event lead by Elsie Buck

This is an IVV/CVF sanctioned event and members who participate in the event will receive the IVV stamps in their Event and Distance Books as well as the Winter Participation Program.


No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.