Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CVF Annual General Meeting And Convention

The Canadian Volkssport Federation(CVF)convenes a National Convention each year in different locations across Canada.

Any member of a volkssport club in good standing can attend these conventions by preregistering (see the website below). Participants can then join in the convention walk events, the general meetings,(maybe a designated voting member for their club)dinners and workshops that are available as well.

will be the Host club for the CVF 2009 Annual General Meeting and Convention
to be held in North Bay, ON from 22-24 May, 2009.

The motto or theme for the convention in 2009 is "In the footsteps of the Voyageurs"

For more information on the AGM and convention please go to the web site:

Gateway Walkers

Monday, November 24, 2008


Take over the Baille Ard Trail, Sydney CBRM


The Day started out cold and windy but the sun continued to shine for the Cape Breton Island Hoppers on our last walk event for the 2008 Season!

The Baille Ard Trails location in Sydney makes for an ideal end of the season walk with its meandering footpaths through woods and along, at this time of year, fast flowing brook.

Dave Gabriel and his group of volunteers must be commended for their work on this wonderful nature park. The many footbridges, the brook cleaning and all the park benches and clearing of trails has been done strictly with volunteers.

Dave and the Baille Ard Society are planning a healthy walk program for seniors using the park as their walking trail and are now seeking walk leaders or guides, if you are interested in participating as a volunteer contact Joe and Elsie for further details.

380 Esplanade, Sydney NS
Cambridge Suites Hotel Parking Lot

Friday, November 14, 2008


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers meet Valerie Pringle at the opening ceremonies for the TransCanada Trail in Port Hastings.
Pictured above are Jim McLean, Rilla McLean, Ann Coombes, Claire McNeil, Valerie Pringle, Joe McKinnon and Elsie Buck.

Photo submitted by Jim McLean

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NOVEMBER- Walk Events - Party Time - Annual Meeting


The 2008 season is beginning to come to a close for The Cape Breton Island Hoppers, with a very busy November for our club:

1. Sunday Nov. 9 @ 2 pm Guided Walk Event, we will be in New Waterford on the Davis Trail, the start point is the Colliery Lands Park, Ellsworth Ave

2. Saturday Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm Club Members are invited to the "End Of Season" "Pot Luck Supper."

This years party will be hosted by Ann & Rollie Coombes contact info or or 849-0747

364 York Street, Glace Bay, B1A 2N1

3. Saturday Nov. 22 @ 2-4 pm, CBIH's Annual General Meeting to be held in the Nova Scotia Room, McConnell Library,50 Falmouth Street, Sydney NS.
The agenda will be published at a later date. Please contact the club President Joe MacKinnon if you wish to discuss or add to the meetings agenda. or or 562-3117.

4. Sunday Nov. 23 @ 2 pm Guided walk Event, we will be in Sydney on The Baille Ard Trail, 40 Cabot Street, St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church parking lot.

Special Notifications: (A.)The Glace Bay walk, Baddeck and Louisbourg Seasonal Events are completed as of 31 Oct for this year. You still have a few more days remaining to get these walk events stamped into your book for 2008.

Sydney and North Sydney remain open until 31 Dec 2008 and will reopen 02 January 2009 with a 2009+ slug available in the walk boxes.

(B.)It is also that time of the year for a review of the nominal roll and the group email addresses! If you want to be removed from this mailing list please contact me to be removed. Anyone who has not walked with the club in 2008 or has not paid the annual club membership will automatically be deleted from this list as of Jan 15th 2009.

(C.) The 2009 schedule will be available at the Annual General Meeting and thereafter it will be published on the website no later than 15 Jan.2009.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Celtic Colours Walks - FEED NOVA SCOTIA WALK

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Registration for all walk events begin 30 min before the Start Time:


Saturday 11 Oct, 2pm Coxheath Road, Coxheath Recreation Park
Walk Leader Doug Grant, 10k 2C

Sunday 12 Oct, 2pm East Bay Hwy 4, Saint Mary's Hall, East Bay Hill Trail
Walk Leader Carmel Coffin, 10k 2B

Monday 13 Oct, 2pm Big Pond Hwy 4, Glengarry Rd., Glengarry Rd./Trail
Walk Leader Rollie Coombes, 10k 1B

Saturday 18 Oct, 2pm Tower Road/Glace Bay, Marconi Towers Trail
Walk Leader Shirley Pettigrew, 10k 2A


An Additional walk event (not on our regular schedule) will be Sunday 19 Oct, 2pm

Walk Leader Elsie Buck.

Start Point: Board walk at the rear of the Civic Centre, 320 Esplanade Sydney.
This is a 5k walk event only using the Sydney (new 5k trail) Year Round Event.

Walk event highlights the “Big Fiddle”, Sydney’s historical north end, Wentworth Park & Cenotaph/War Memorial.
Our Sydney YRE is now part of the Canadian Volkssport Federation’s National War Memorial Walk Events,
All members are entitled to the IVV Distance and/or the Event stamp for this walk.



At the same time and at the same Start Point will be the first annual “FEED NOVA SCOTIA” Walk Event to be held on Cape Breton Island. [A 4k Walk for participants not involved in the IVV awards program will be available to all who are interested in helping out this worthwhile cause]

[Island Hoppers can if they so desire participate in the 5k YR event as per the *note above to qualify for the IVV stamps.]

If interested in participating and contributing to help Feed Nova Scotia please go to their web site. Print and fill out the contribution forms and send your contribution to the appropriate address.

Contributions for “Feed Nova Scotia” are not and will not be  collected by the CBIH.

Home Page for Feed Nova Scotia:

Sunday, September 28, 2008



Join the club President Joe MacKinnon on Tuesday, 30 September for a panel discussion group on "Walk Your Way To Better Health!"-"Pleasures And Benefits Of Walking!
Joe will be the first speaker for the fall program of the McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth Street, Sydney.

The Tuesday morning walk group will continue to meet every Tuesday at 10:00 am in the lobby of the Cambridge Suites for the Sydney 10k Year Round Event. Come early as the walk leaders want to step off at 10:00 am.
On Tuesday 30 are invited to attend the discussion group at 1:00pm as per the details above.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Cape Breton Island Hoppers

North Sydney, WEDNESDAY 23 JULY

The Guided YRE 10 k walk event in North Sydney will step off at 5:00 PM at the Clansman Motel on Wednesday 23 July.

We will then proceed to the North Sydney Exhibition Grounds and meet up with the Bar Town Days Parade.

Walkers wanting to do 5 K only can meet the group at 6:00 PM at the North Sydney Exhibition Grounds.

We will then proceed through portions of North Sydney with the Bar Town Parade route.

Come out and help promote your club, come out for the fun of it, and get your IVV Event and Distance stamp for North Sydney at the same time.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Getting ready for the marathon in Dartmouth or just wanting to get out with your walking friends! Then join the Island Hoppers on Thursday mornings, 10am in the Cambridge Suites parking lot and go for a 5 or 10k event with the club president Joe MacKinnon and/or Elsie Buck our vice president.

DSCF0842 Joe and Elsie!Ready for another walking adventure!

This group continues to do the Sydney Year Round Event and will make some variations to the route each week but will stay faithful to the 10k distance. They are now in their 5th week and will walk each Thursday as long as there is continued support.

The only change to this weekly schedule will be on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 July.

Please come out and join the group for  walks in Louisbourg at 10am, starting at Peck's Store on Wolfe Street. We will head up to the lighthouse for the 10k YRE. This is to support the 250 Anniversary celebrations of the 2nd siege of Fortress Louisbourg.

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SATURDAY MORNING 11:00am -2:00 PM, 26 July is "Louisbourg Lighthouse Day"; Iris Stevens and the Louisbourg Lighthouse Society will be at the LIGHTHOUSE. all are welcome to join the picnic and festivities and at 2:00 PM, the CB Island Hoppers will as per our regular schedule step off from the picnic area at Kennelly Point for a 10k walk event.

Our walk will take us to the Lighthouse and if weather conditions permit we will continue along the new trail past the lighthouse that has been developed by the Louisbourg Coastal Trails Group.

WILD COVE- GOOSEBERRY COVE in 2007 will be repeated for the 2008 schedule of events. (details below)

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We are back in the general area of Louisbourg on SUNDAY 27 July, 2008 at 2:00 PM.

Today you are in for a fantastic and a great walking adventure at "Wild Cove/Gooseberry Cove" off the Little Lorraine Hwy and a short distance from Louisbourg.

If you missed this walk last year during our 10 year anniversary walk program now you can make it up and head out to the cove with your walking club.

How to get there: From Sydney take Hwy 22 to Louisbourg, turn left on the Little Lorraine Road (CBIH signs will be posted at this corner) and continue to Gooseberry Cove Rd.

We may have to park along the Hwy, Please use caution and watch for our traffic signaler directing traffic and our CBIH signs.

Walking Near The Sea We Forget To Count The Days!

Monday, June 23, 2008


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A former pot luck dinner, Cheticamp Island, hosted by Barb and Cal Thistle's at their campsite. A great weekend of walking for fun, fitness, friendship and OOOH! the FOOD! 


A reminder of our next walk event will also include a Pot Luck Dinner

Contact Person for this event Shirley Pettigrew 737-1006 or the club president Joe MacKinnon 562-3117

Walk Event is Sunday 29 June, Registration begins at 1:30 pm and the walk starts at 2:00 pm.

Start Point is 5476 Hwy 255 (Mira Gut)

From Sydney take  Hwy 22 ( Sydney/ Louisbourg Hwy), turn left on Horne's Rd., continue to the stop sign at intersection of Horne's & Hwy 255, turn left towards Homeville.

House # 5476 is on the left side of the road

Pot Luck will take place at the Start Point immediately after the walk event.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


The Cape Breton Island Hoppers will celebrate International Trails Day on Saturday 07 June.

This years event will take place in Mabou with two walk events, the first event will start registering at 09:30 and will leave at 10:00 am.

The second walk event begins registration at 1:30 pm and will step off at 2:00 pm.

NOTE: there is two IVV Event and Distance awards stamps, available for this event if you choose to do both the morning and afternoon walks.

Both Events Start at the parking lot at Mabou River Inn next door to The Lady of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine, South West Ridge Road, B0E 1X0.



Once again Pathways is co-hosting an International Trails Day event at Mabou.  Read on and please do come out and join us for what promises to be a great event!

Mabou, NS. May 27, 2007 - The 6th Annual International Trails Day is Saturday, June 7, 2007. In western Cape Breton, the event will be hosted by the new Mabou River Trails Association. International Trail Day event host partners include Inverness County Trails Federation, Cape Breton Pathways Association, and NSTrails. MRTA welcomes trail enthusiasts young and old from across Cape Breton to this event. International Trails Day is a day dedicated to celebrate trails, their development, uses and the healthy lifestyle they encourage.

Mabou River Trail Association’s Co-chairs Daniel Rankin and Dawn Beaton would like to welcome one and all to their first trail event since forming this spring. “We would like to welcome everyone to come out, experience our scenic Mabou River Trail on the Trans Canada Trail in Mabou and help celebrate International Trail’s Day.” Blaise MacEachern, Chair of the Inverness County Trans Canada Trail Project said, “We are exited to have this newest community trail group form in Mabou. They will have lots of help and encouragement from other volunteer trail groups in Inverness County”.

The local school students and the general public are encouraged to join in the celebration. The event registration starts at 9:30 am at the Mabou River Inn with a 15 kilometer return bike and 10 km return hike event starting at 10:00 am. Cycling helmets will be mandatory. Bicycles must be in good mechanical repair and be of mountain bike durability as trail not suitable for road bikes.

The day will feature a “slowest bike race”, free pizza and BBQ, and great prizes. Some lucky participant will win a mountain bike courtesy of J&T Van Zutphen Construction. Featured participants will include the Cape Breton Island Hoppers, members of the international Volkswalk organization. Other sponsors for this family fun day include Central Inverness Community Health Board, Inverness County Recreation Department, Mabou River Inn and Ceilidh Fisherman’s Co-Op.

Event: International Trails Day

Date: June 7, 2008

Mabou River Trail – TCT

Registration 9:30 a.m.

15 km Bike & 10 km Hike - 10:00 am

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Public Service Announcement


The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Island Hoppers are teaming up to bring an evening of information on walking comfort.

June 16th, 2008

7:00 pm

Westmount Ysmen’s Hall

Westmount Road

Guest speakers:

Marvin MacLean- Podiatrist on  the right footwear for your feet

Paula Kennedy-Petley- Certified Bra Specialist on the right garment for good posture.

Tea will be served.

For more information contact:

Claire MacLean 539-8293 

Or email:

Go to the new Pod Cast system that has been introduced on the Heart and Stroke web site:

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


  Waves at Louisbourg 

Waves splashing the shoreline at Louisbourg!

After the 2008 CVF Convention and Annual General Meeting in Wolfville NS, a bus tour group of the Atlantic Provinces lighthouses will be arriving in Cape Breton for a two day walk event.

Two tour buses of 82 enthusiastic walkers will arrive in Baddeck on Wednesday the 28 May, at the Inverrary Inn, at approximately 5:30 PM and at 6:00 PM the group will do a 10k walk event in and around and through the Village of Baddeck.

The Walk leaders for this event will be The CBIH club president Joe MacKinnon and the Clubs Vice President Elsie Buck who are traveling with the bus group.

On Thursday morning the 29th of May the tour will continue to Louisbourg for a 10k walk event to the Louisbourg Lighthouse and a tour of the fortress.

CBIH club members and any of our friends who would like to walk with the group and show some Cape Breton hospitality to our visitors are encouraged to join the walkers, many of whom are from the USA, Europe and other parts of Canada.


  • Baddeck, Wednesday, 28 May 6:00pm, Park at the Tourist Info Centre


  • Louisbourg, Thursday, 29 May 10:00am, Meet the bus at Pecks Store, however we may have to park along the street or at the Seafoods Products parking lot as we have in the past off Main Street.


The Heart and Stroke Foundation have launched a podcast site to assist in a healthier lifestyle:

Claire MacLean

Community Health Promotion Coordinator

Heart and Stroke Foundation NS


We have launched our first research-focused podcasts | Learn more about the series and meet some of our researchers.

Thursday, May 15, 2008







 WALK DISTANCE: 10K or an optional 5K

Walk Leader for this event is Shirley Pettigrew

More detailed information is found on the Calendar of Events:

“The Phoenix rises from the Blossom Walks”

The Volkssport Clubs of South Vancouver Island are excited to announce:

“The Phoenix rises from the Blossom Walks”

The popular Victoria International Walking Festival ran for ten years and was a major success.

Over a thousand people attended from all over the world and enjoyed the famous Blossom Walks.

Now, the three Volkssport clubs of Victoria are staging a brand new Volkssport event based upon the beautiful Blossom Walks.

We invite you to enjoy the same walks in a simpler, more intimate Volkssport setting.

Where? Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

When? April 17, 18 &19, 2009

What? 5K, 10K, 21K, 32K and 42K walks

How much? Only $2 per walk

Mark your calendars now for this reincarnation of the famous Victoria Blossom Walks

The Garden City Wanderers Volkssport Club, the Victoria ‘Y’ Volkssport Club and the Juan de Fuca Pathfinders Volkssport Club will jointly host this exciting Festival in the spring of 2009

Highlights will include:

· 5 and 10km walks on Friday afternoon followed by an informal meet and greet party – nibblies and cash bar

· 5, 10, 10, 32 and 42km walks on Saturday followed by a casual get-together in downtown Victoria

· 5, 10 and 21km walks on Sunday followed by a no host lunch and bar

We hope you will join us in Victoria next spring and explore the beautiful city of Victoria when its blossom trees and spring flowers are in full bloom.

We’ll announce further details as soon as they are ready.

Email or phone 250 598 4316 for more information

David Cattrall, Chair, Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival Society

Friday, May 09, 2008


The CBCTA meeting, originally scheduled in March, will be held on Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room, Civic Centre.  For more information, contact Jamie Whitters at 563-5071 or me at 563-5512.



There is much exciting news on the trail front, and we invite you to be part of it. You are invited to attend a meeting of the Cape Breton County Trails Association on Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room on the lower floor of the Civic Centre, 320 Esplanade, Sydney.

The purpose of the meeting is to re-group this Association. With a decreasing membership base, the Association hasn’t had an election for a number of years, and has been diminishing in organizational activities. Our existing executive members look forward to “new blood” to continue with trail development in this region.

The purpose of the Cape Breton County Trails Association is to

1) develop, promote and maintain area trails;

2) further the communication, understanding and co-operation among trail users and user groups in this area;

3) work towards the wise development, high standard maintenance, and responsible use of trails in this County, which may include: monitoring and reporting the state of trails in this county; Initiate and coordinate trail maintenance and development work projects; encourage coordination of trail development, management and promotion efforts throughout the County; and contribute to public education on trails and trail related topics.

Over the past few years, several changes have taken place in trail development throughout the province. The K-class road issues are finally being addressed, with many trail groups successful with their applications to use these roads as part of their trails. The OHV Advisory Fund is now available for groups building and/or maintaining motorized multi-use trails. Other agencies are also providing funds for other types of trails.

The Cape Breton County Trails Association is an organization inclusive of all types of trails. Various trail development organizations have made presentations to us over the years, and we’ve tried to assist these groups with some support. Some groups are developing pedestrian trails, some are developing cycling/pedestrian trails, others are doing off-highway vehicle trails. Our region is big enough to accommodate various types of trails, and if we pool our creative and leadership resources, we can help each other create the trails we want.

We look forward to seeing you on May 22.  If you plan to attend this meeting, or if you have any questions, please contact Jamie at 563-5071 or Heather at 563-5512.

cc Rod MacArthur, Treasurer

Heather MacDougall, Program Coordinator
CBRM Recreation Department
320 Esplanade
Sydney, N.S.  B1P 7B9

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


"Walking is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an old person wants to give up. Walking is the exercise that does not need a gym. It is the prescription without medicine, the weight control without diet, and the cosmetic that can’t be found in a chemist. It is the tranquilizer without a pill, the therapy without a psychoanalyst, and the holiday that does not cost a penny. What’s more, it does not pollute, consumes few natural resources and is highly efficient. Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe. Walking is as natural as breathing."

John Butcher, Founder Walk21, 1999   More info on walking at:


Thursday, April 17, 2008


You are invited to attend an Open House on CBRM Active Transportation this Monday, April 21 between 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. or Tuesday, April 22, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room, CBRM Civic Centre, Sydney.  The public is invited to attend the Open House at any time during the sessions, and review the AT Plan.

Active Transportation is about walking, cycling, wheeling, in-line skating, skateboarding, rowing or any other form of human-powered transportation. In the fall of 2007 the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Active Transportation Committee started work on a plan to help improve conditions for active transportation within its communities. During November and December the Committee carried out an extensive public consultation process including information sessions, focus groups and an on-line survey.

When complete, the Active Transportation Plan will help to improve the health of the citizens of CBRM by developing opportunities to connect this “community of communities” through walking and cycling in a manner that will create social, economic and environmental benefits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: check out our website, or contact any of the following:

CBRM Councillor Ray Paruch

Chairman of the Active Transportation Committee

578-7079 or:

       Rick McCready

                         (902) 563-5072

       Brian Hollingworth

                       (416) 596-1930 EXT 414

       Heather MacDougall 

                            (902) 563-5512

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Nip Hillier



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All members of the Cape Breton Island Hoppers and Friends:

From the Family of Howard "Nip Hillier"

You are all invited to attend Nips 80th birthday party.

2-4 pm, Saturday 5 April 2008

St Giles Presbyterian Church

49 Campbell Ext., North Sydney, NS

Nip is involved in several organizations and it maybe appropriate for his walking friends to wear a club t-shirt, sweater, jacket anything you want to distinguish us from his many other friends.

For our newest members who may not be aware, Nip is one of our founding members.

It is a rare occasion that Nip has missed any of our guided walks throughout the years.

Special Note: NIP lead the walk in North Sydney today Sunday 30 March 2008. 30 members of the Island Hoppers came out to walk on this cloudy cool day for a 10k walk around the community.

Nip was one of the original walkers in our first event 1997 and was one of 16 walkers who showed up for our first event of 2008.

Shhh!!! This is a surprise party.

Rollie Coombes
Canadian Volkssport Federation
Director Atlantic Region

"Walking Near The Sea We Forget To Count The Days"

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Reminders For 2008

  • Central Nova Volksport Club (Truro) will host the 5th Annual Atlantic Directors Meeting and Walks on 18-19-20 April, 2008.

The Atlantic Directors Meeting is open to All Atlantic Club Presidents and the Trails Coordinator and or a Rep from each volkssport club in Atlantic Canada.

Rollie Coombes Director Atlantic Region.

The Central Nova Club will also provide Guided Walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and these walk events are open to all volkssporters and guests. In addition all participants are encouraged to attend dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting on Saturday 19 April.


Host Club for the 2008 CVF/FCV Convention and Annual General Meeting

The Convention will take place at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

May 23-25, 2008

Walk in the Land of Orchards and Tides

Contact Information:
Lynda Kanne
Convention Coordinator

Online information:

There will be a six day POST CONVENTION BUS TOUR sponsored by the Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club. Contact Lynda Kanne for further information as per the contact info above.
The theme for this trip is Lighthouse Tour and will be offered from May 27 - June 1, 2008.

Venue and Accommodations for the convention:
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6


Atlantic Canada
The Atlantic Region's Guide to Year Rounds/Seasonal Events & Guided Walks 2008. (the blue book) is now available by contacting the club president or the Ways and Means committee.
  • FIRST WALK 2008:
The First Guided Walk of 2008 for The Island Hoppers will take place on Sunday, 09 March using our Year Round Event in Sydney.
Meeting Point or Start Point is the Cambridge Suites parking lot 380 Esplanade.
This years first walk event will be led by Doug and Kathy Grant.

Sydney, 380 Esplanade, Cambridge Suites

North Sydney, 9 Baird Street, Clansmen Motel

Both walk events are now open for 2008 and can be walked by any individuals or groups when you have the inclination to do so. A great way to get back in shape after the holiday festivities, it is also a good way to support your club and to introduce a friend to volkssporting.

A Walking Experience:

  • CB Island Hoppers Vice President Elsie Buck attended a Nordic Walking course in Baddeck on 14 December 2007. Elsie is now qualified to teach Nordic Walking techniques to all those who are interested in this unique walking experience. Contact Elsie for more information about Nordic Walking.