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

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Note: a brochure was sent out to all members earlier this year. If you are planning to attend and require the brochure please contact the following:

From: Sandy Hickey [mailto:sandyhickey@bellaliant.net] Sent: July 26, 2016 2:47 PM Subject: Tri Province Weekend

Hello everyone,

The time is fast approaching for our Tri Province Weekend Aug 19-21 and I wanted to give you an update.

It has been passed on to me that the Ferry running from NS to PEI is down to one at the current time and may still be on that weekend.  We have checked and currently there is 1 ferry running that evening at 1815 and 2130 from NS to PEI.  Unfortunately, this could not be foreseen when I was making up the schedule for the walk that Friday.  Therefore, it will be your decision if you wait for the ferry or drive around to the Confederation Bridge.  It is approximately 290 km to drive around.

It was suggested to get in the line up for the 1815 ferry and if you don’t get on that crossing then to leave the terminal and drive around. 

Over the last few months, many of you have indicated you plan to attend the weekend.  It would be greatly appreciated if you would drop me an email and let me know as I can’t remember all who is going.  I just need an idea of numbers so I can contact the 2 establishments we will be eating at to confirm they can accommodate us. 

I am really looking forward to this weekend as it has been something I wanted to do for a very long time.  Fingers crossed the ferry situation works out and the weather is great.



Monday, July 25, 2016


St. Mary's Anglican Church at South Head

Walk event at South Head and Wadden's Cove.

A misprint in the annual schedule has this event rated at 3C, the rating should be 2B, albeit there are some hills, however the walk will take us along an old country gravelled road. This event will be suitable for all walkers of different  abilities.

Sunday 31 July, 2016
Registration begins at 1:30 pm
Walk Time: 2:00 pm

From Sydney follow Highway 22 (Sydney/Louisbourg Hwy) and after crossing Albert Bridge, turn left at **Brickyard Road and continue to the end of the road. Then left on Route 255 and continue over the one-lane bridge following the road signs towards Port Morien. Wadden's Cove and South Head are located on the right before the community of Port Morien.

** Before Albert Bridge, Horne's Road is a shorter route, however that road has many rough sections and potholes.

CBIH walk signs will be posted to the SP at 60 Church Lane. B1B 1S8


From Glace Bay follow Route 255 going past the community of Port Morien, continue to South Head and Wadden's Cove.

CBIH walk signs will be posted to the SP at 60 Church Lane. B1B 1S8

Walk Leader:
Shirley Pettigrew 902-737-1006

Monday, June 06, 2016




The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club will provide 2 guided walk events during the Roots To Boots Festival in Louisbourg this coming weekend.

Our continuing Sunday walk schedule will include a walk at Dominion Beach, please see details below:



"Roots to Boots Festival."

Friday 10 June
Registration begins at 1:30 pm
Group Guided Walk starts at 2:00 pm -
Walk Distance: 5k and 10k

Start Point - Kennelly Point Picnic Park, Havenside Road, Louisbourg.
The Trail: Louisbourg Lighthouse and Coastal Trail
Rollie Coombes, 902-849-0747 or 902-565-6256


"Roots to Boots Festival."

Saturday 11 June
Registration begins at 1:30 pm
Group Guided Walk starts at 2:00 pm -
Walk Distance: 5k and 10k

Start Point -  Kennington Cove Road at the "Old Town Trail" trailhead parking lot.
The Trail: Old Town Trail and Fortress Louisbourg (Ruins Walk)



Regular scheduled walk event

Sunday 12 June Registration begins at 1:30 pm
Group Guided Walk starts at 2:00 pm -
6694 Seaside Dr., Hwy 28 B1G 1T9
Walk Distance: 5k and 10k

A Guided Walk along one of Cape Bretons most beautiful sandy beaches including a board-walk with a short stroll into the community of Dominion and the S&L Trail.
CBIH signs will be posted near the Start Point parking lot.
Judy Lorway and Rollie Coombes 902- 849-0747

Walk For The Health Of It!