Monday, December 21, 2009
Winter Fun with The Island Hoppers
Come join Elsie Buck and the Island Hoppers in 2010 on the snowshoe trails in Ben Eoin starting 10:00am, Wednesday 6 January 2010 and every Wednesday thereafter until the snow disappears.
You can also join this group at 10:00am, on Sunday 10 January and every second Sunday thereafter as well.
A DAILY, NOON HOUR WALK:
HEAL Cape Breton, (Healthy Eating, Active Lifestyle) Walk Program begins at noon hour, Tuesday, 05 January 2010 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital at the cafeteria entrance, at the rear entrance of the hospital. This is a 6 week walking program and would be an excellent program for the busy or novice walker to help get in shape for our spring and summer walk events. Program is sponsored by the CBR Hospital, HEAL Cape Breton, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the CB Island Hoppers.
A File photo, sorry not one of Shirlee's Cats! But I'm sure she has one just as cute!
Dear Joe and Elsie,
Thank you for thinking of us and wishing us happy holidays. We also wish you both a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
We enjoyed the Christmas get together and meeting everyone. We know we are going to enjoy playing and walking with all you good folk. Merry Christmas from "The Shanks" - Shirlee and John and all our critters.
"Shirlee's Cat Rescue Program"
Please remember if you will. I do cat rescue and have many cats up for adoption looking for good homes.
Please pass this on to those you know if you hear of anyone looking for a cat. My cats have all been restored to good health and are spay and neutered. I have some lovely ones. It helps to get the word out there. You never know who you could be talking to or hearing of someone looking for a cat. My number. is 564-6216.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
HEAL CB has entered the national AVIVA Community Fund Competition to win
$250,000 for three important programs: HEAL Closet, HEAL Locker Room
and HEAL Food Basket.
This could be huge for Cape Bretoners - we need everyone to get involved
and vote online to get HEAL Cape Breton to the 'national' semi-finals.
I would really appreciate your help in pushing this idea to the finals.
Please vote for us at http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf4536
Please note you will have to register your email address and a password.
Please circulate and be sure to cast your vote for HEAL Cape Breton
today and everyday until Nov 29. You can vote once a day until Nov.29th.
We have set up a "HEAL Cape Breton"
page on Facebook as well to promote this important initiative.
Let's work together to HEAL Cape Breton.
HEAL Cape Breton (Healthy Eating Active Living)
Friday, November 20, 2009
From Baille Ard Trail Representative Kim Larade
This month our meeting will be this Thursday, Nov. 26/09 at 7PM at Sherwood
Park. Our numbers have be dwindling, so it would be good to see some new faces
Topics to be discussed include:
-Dogs on the trails
-Trail Maintenance & bridges
A couple items of note: We belong to a hiking club here in Oregon, the Mary's Peak Group of the Sierra Club. Our club president, Barry Wulff, is a Newfie, born and raised on "the Rock" (as he calls it) before relocating to the West Coast. When he learned that Sue and I were "part-time Cape Bretoners", and planning a trip to his homeland in 2011, he took to us. He has offered the attached reading list of books about Newfoundland, which I have attached for your reading interest.
Second, I noted in Shirley's report that you all did a tour at Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. You may not know that seven generations of my family, the Lazaro's, were born and raised in Pennsylvania. If during your battlefield tour, you visited "Little Round Top", at the end of Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg ( the site of the fiercest fighting of the three-day battle, made famous in the movie "Gettysburg" and book by the same name, by Michael Shirra), you may have seen the "Pennsylvania Monument", a tribute to the Union troops from Pennsylvania who fought there. Inscribed on the monument are the names of the troops, and included is the name of my great, great-grandfather, Charles A. Lazaro, who fought for the Union and held the line against massive Confederate assault, at Little Round Top (and fortunately, survived to tell about it, or I guess I wouldn't be here ! :-)
Just wanted to share that with you all. Happy November and a Merry Christmas !!
Lee & Suzanne Lazaro
Monday, November 16, 2009
On Tuesday November 17 at 10:35 am Rilla will be wheeling the Olympic Torch from McDonalds to the Civic Centre along Reeves Street in Port Hawkesbury as it leaves Town on its way to Antigonish.
She was called about 5 weeks ago and told her name had been given as a community representative.
She agreed to carry the torch, has received her uniform, had it slightly altered and will use her new wheelchair with the emergency lights flashing!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Some notes from the meeting, this is not the formal minutes!
The CBIH held its Annual General meeting on Saturday 14 November 2009.
All members of the club executive agreed to continue in their respective positions for the 2010 season.
This is good news as all executive members have been outstanding in these positions and they will now be able to focus on the upcoming CVF 2010 Convention and Annual General Meeting to be held in CBRM-Sydney.
This is not to say that the general membership should allow all of the convention work be shouldered by these hard working group of indivduals. The convention organizers and the club will always need your support to ensure we continue as a viable club and that the convention is second to none in the CVF organization.
Are you interested in snow-shoeing this winter and would like to participate with the group, then contact our Vice-President/Trails Coordinator Elsie Buck as she is organizing events for us at Ski-Ben Eoin or other locations. Give her a call or e-mail and let her know you are interested in this type of winter activity. email@example.com
2010 Schedule Cancellation Notices:
The 2010 schedule is now posted on line at http://www.capebretonislandhoppers.com/
Anyone who has a paper copy that was given out at the AGM please check the website for corrections.
Please note that the AGM has agreed to drop 3 of the Celtic Colours Walk events due to poor participation this past year and the slow decline over the past several years.
We will retain only the Canoe Lake Walk on Sunday 10 Oct 2010. Details are on the website.
CBIH Members End of Season Party!
This years' party will be a pot luck affair at Judy Lorways home, 89 Shandwick, Sydney. Pot Luck suppers have continued to be a favourite amogst our club members, so bring something hot or cold your choice.
6:30pm Saturday, 28 November
Come join us for Fun, Food and Friendship!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Bridge on The Marconi Rail Trail
The wild life is returning to the ponds at the former heavy water plant
Guided Walk Events and CBIH Annual General Meeting
The 2009 walking season for the Cape Breton Island Hoppers is drawing to a close with two walk events and the clubs annual general meeting remaining for November. The 2010 schedule is now available by contacting the club President Joe MacKinnon at the next walk event, at the annual general meeting or you can see the schedule (a work in progress) online at http://www.capebretonislandhoppers.com/
EVENT # 1
Sunday 01 November, Guided Walk Event
Registration: 1:30pm, Start Time: 2:00pm
Marconi Towers Trail (My name for this portion of the S&L Railroad)
This trail is also part of the future development of the DEVCO MEMORIAL TRAIL.
5/10k Rated 1C, note our original assessment of this trail was 2C however the new SP for this year has made it much easier then previous walk s on this trail.
Start Point: 755 Hwy 255 (Donkin/Glace Bay Hwy)
The start point for this walk event is the “former Heavy Water Plant” parking lot in front of building #1 and please note that there are signs indicating the highway is closed except for “local traffic”. The road is open to the former plant and we will have signs directing you to the parking lot.
Walk Leader: Rollie Coombes, 849-0747, firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT # 2
Saturday 14 November, 1:30 – 4:00pm MEETING
CBIH Annual General Meeting
Cape Breton Regional Library Headquarters
McConnell Memorial Library
50 Falmouth Street, Sydney, NS
For further details or to suggest an item on the agenda please contact the club President Joe MacKinnon, 562-3117 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT # 3
Sunday, 15 November Guided Walk Event
The Last Guided Walk for 2009
Registration: 1:30pm, Start Time: 2:00pm
MacKeigan Road/ Trail
5/10k Rated 2C
From Sydney take Hwy 327 to Marion Bridge, MacKeigan Road is a short distance after the bridge off Hwy 327. CBIH signs will be posted to the Start Point.
Walk Leader: Lucy Nardini, email@example.com
Don’t forget our two Year Round Events in Sydney and North Sydney will remain open until DEC 30th. Members can support the club by doings these walk events on your own or with friends and other club members whenever you want to get out for a walk. YRE’s are an excellent way to accumulate distances in your awards books and to help the club as well.
Hope to see as many club members as possible at these last events for 2009.
Check out all the information on the Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) 2010 Convention to be held here in Sydney 28-30 May, 2010 http://www.walkcapebreton.com/
Thursday, October 15, 2009
THE DEVCO RAIL TRAIL
This is a follow up meeting from a workshop attended by the CBIH walk committee.
The proposed conversion of the DEVCO rail line that runs from Sydney to downtown Louisbourg needs vocal support. This is part of the divestment plan of the defunct DEVCO facilities on Cape Breton Island and of CBRM's Active Transportation Plan to turn the old railroad through Glace Bay and Dominion into an active transportation (walking, biking, etc.) trail. This is part of the original Sydney&Louisbourg Railroad.
The officials at DEVCO and at CBRM are still considering the issue, but is fearful of moving forward without a tangible amount of support.
Presently, there is debate about whether or not motorized vehicles should be included. If you care about this issue one way or the other, please attend these meetings. If you live along the trail in Glace Bay or Dominion, this is your opportunity to have your say as to what that trail will look like and what types of uses will be included.
PUBLIC MEETINGS on the proposed DEVCO rail trail are planned for the following locations and dates:
Wednesday, October 21 at the BayPlex in Glace Bay
Thursday, October 22 at the Dominion branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Both meetings are scheduled for 7-9 pm and Jim Neale will be facilitating
Please add this on your "To Do List" to show your support for this initiative. It would provide a recreational trail that would bypass the notorious Trunk 4 traffic, and allow kids and adults a way to safely commute to work, meet friends, go shopping, run errands, go to events and the like.We cannot afford to let this opportunity pass us by!
The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club's Annual General Meeting (AGM)
DATE CHANGE: SATURDAY, 14 November 2009, 1:30 - 4:00pm
Members are encouraged to attend these most important meetings to ensure that you have a say in club matters.
This years meeting is definitely very important due to the upcoming Canadian Volkssport Federation Annual General Meeting and Convention to be held here in Cape Breton 28-30 May, 2010.
Location for this years 2009 Annual Club Meeting will be The Cape Breton Regional Library Headquarters, MacConnell Library, 50 Falmouth Street, Sydney
SATURDAY, 14 November 2009, 1:30 - 4:00pm
Joe MacKinnon, President CBIH
Friday, October 09, 2009
The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club present an annual series of walks during the Celtic Colours International Music Festival:
Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00pm French Road/ Canoe Lake Trail
Walk Leader Carmel Coffin, Distance 5 and 10k Rated 2B
Directions To Start Point: From Sydney take Hwy 327 to Marion Bridge and continue for 10k to the Community of French Road. Canoe Lake Road is on the right.
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 2:00pm Grand River/Heather Hill
Walk Leaders Barb and Cal Thistle, Distance 5 and 12k Rated 2B
Directions to start Point: Follow Hwy 4 to Soldiers Cove, take road to Grand River, continue to Fire Hall in Grand River.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
A very special CD featuring the 42K Marathon walk event has been developed and is available by contacting Terry Crawley of our Ways and means Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
The CD was developed by the creative touch of Clare MacNeil in collaboration and partnership with the recreation director for Inverness County, AnnaLee MacEachern.
Clare MacNeil email@example.com will have some CD's available on the bus tour.
The DVD was produced by professionals at The Judique Interpretive Center in Judique using their creativity. They produce music DVD's for the well known local musicians such as Kinnon Beaton featured on this DVD. The music on this DVD is terrific. It is worth the $10.00 just to listen to the music. The scenes are beautiful scenes of the Trans Canada Trail. The people in the pictures of the marathon are fantastic.
A large number of photos have been produced as a souvenir on our Sept 12 event from Troy to Port Hood.
Music Credits: Kinnon Beaton and musicians on the Eoghan Dubh CD.
Cover and Disc Design: Angela MacNeil
Photo Credits: Cal & Barb Thistle, Roland Coombes, Wendy Snook, Jean MacLean, Ellen Wilcox, Shauna & Clare MacNeil
Monday, September 28, 2009
All Club Members and interested groups are invited to attend:
General Meeting of Committees and Volunteers for the 2010 Canadian Volkssport Federation:
Next meeting will be held 6:30pm,Tuesday, September 29th 2009
The McConnell Library, CBR Library Headquarters, 50 Falmouth Street, CBRM, Sydney.
More volunteers are needed and are welcomed to attend
Come help make this a great convention
The meeting is restricted to 2010 Convention details
Joe MacKinnon President CBIH, Elsie Buck VP, Chairperson Convention 2010
Sunday, September 20, 2009
HELP SUPPORT YOUR CLUB, COME OUT AND DONATE OR BUY SOMETHING :
WHERE: SPANISH RIVER COMMUNITY CENTRE, HOWIE CENTRE, HWY 4
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2009
TIME: 9am - 12 Noon
All proceeds will be used for The Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF) Annual General Meeting and Convention, the convention will be hosted by the Island Hoppers and will be held in CBRM - Sydney, 28 -30 May, 2010.
WAYS AND MEANS Committee and all those volunteers who want to make our 2010 National Convention a Great Success please note:
We will setup Friday night at 9:30 PM as the hall is used prior to that time. Volunteers are needed to set up the hall as well
We are asking that members and friends of the club look for items they would like to donate for the flea market. People can make a monetary donation if they wish.
Some suggestions are to have Tea, Coffee, sweets at the event for a small donation; as well fudge can be sold just to mention a few.
Final details will be made at next Tuesdays Ways and Means Committee Meeting, Time: 7:00pm at Lucy Nardini's home,located at 106 Carmichael Drive.
You can find Lucy's by going up Fatima Drive to the top of the hill where Carmichael is, then turn left and go to the far end of the street to Lucy's place.
NOTE: You can also help by spending $2 at one of our self-guided tours of Glace Bay, Louisbourg, Baddeck, Sydney and North Sydney. See details at our website: www.capebretonislandhoppers.com
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday Sept 12th, 2009
The Cape Breton Island Hoppers have been, for the first time, the host club for the Annual NS 42K Marathon Walk Event. The 2009 marathon was held in Inverness County, Cape Breton. The Island Hoppers offered multi-distance event throughout the day. Those walkers wanting to do the full marathon began their walk at 8am and the more anxious and very enthusiastic adventurers were at the Start Point as the sun came up and the registration desk and tent were being erected. Once signed in at Troy Station parking lot, the walkers headed out on a one-way walk to Port Hood Station. During the event the volksmarchers were aware of the fabulous scenery along the route with mainland Nova Scotia and the Strait of Canso on the west side, and the green hills of Cape Breton on the east side of the trail including Hwy 19 that is referred to as the Ceilidh Trail. The participants were in for a great walk on the Trans Canada Trail that winds its way across Inverness County. The Trans Canada Trail on the west side of Cape Breton is looked after by the Inverness County Trails Association and in turn the trail is divided up and looked after by the different communities that it travels through. The walkers for this marathon began on the Ceilidh Coastal Trail continuing onto the Judique Flyer Nature Trail, and finishing up on the Chestico Rail Trail in Port Hood Station. These are excellent trails and we would like to take this time to thank all the trails community volunteers who helped to build and maintain the trails and to those who came out from each community to assist wherever possible along the route. Some local citizens even offered their homes as rest stops along the way.
Besides the marathon walkers, local walkers and even some families and many other volkssporters from across NS participated in shorter routes along the trail during the day and no matter what distances they traveled, all reported, that this was a great scenic trail. The care that was put into developing this multi use trail could be used for persons of all abilities and all ages.
The event was topped off with a dinner that evening in the Community Hall at Judique, the Celtic Music Centre of Cape Breton. This is one of the “Great Halls” that the CB International Celtic Music Festival is held in each year. During the dinner the Atlantic Director took the time to present Tanya McNutt, the president of Central Nova Club with her well deserved 5 year volunteer pin. An award that was overdue and hopefully we have corrected that error.
This was the 20th Annual Nova Scotia Marathon Event and it was my great pleasure as the Atlantic Director and as a member of the CBIH to welcome Lily Conrad to Cape Breton. Lily has now completed her 20th consecutive marathon event and it is our privilege here in Cape Breton to have her accomplish this feat on our island. Lily has been presented with a CVF Presidents Certificate, signed by President BenoÎt Pinsonneault. As the Atlantic Director it was also my distinct pleasure to present Lily with a plaque to commemorate this occasion as well.
This event would not have been as successful as it was without the many volunteers who came forward to help out. Our Trails Coordinator Elsie Buck arranged all of the materials necessary for such an undertaking. Clare MacNeil, who provided her home, drove the support ATV, and also hosted an evening wine and cheese; Ann Coombes and Joe MacKinnon both of whom maintained the Start Point for the entire day. Kathi and Phil Rice who maintained a check point along the trail. Many others who helped out such as Heart & Stroke Foundation, St John Ambulance, Trails Committees along the route, we thank you all for your assistance and any others who participated in any way.
A total of 85 walkers participated in all of the walk events for the day and a record number of 52 completed the 42Km NS Marathon Event. Congratulations to all walkers who completed their goals for the day’s activities.
Judique Hall after the dinner. They did it!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
COME JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS: Do the Louisbourg walk on your own or with friends and get to the lighthouse on time for a BBQ with the Lighthouse Society and the Coastal Connection Trails Association.
On August 22, the Louisbourg Lighthouse Society and the Coastal Connection Trails Association, with the co-operation of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada, invite the public to celebrate the 275th anniversary of the first lighthouse in Canada at Lighthouse Point, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Schedule of Events
11:00 AM - Large shoulder swivel gun firing and remarks by dignitaries
11:15 AM - Cannon firing
11: 20 am - 12:10 Talks on Navigation and the Lighthouse – 18th and 20th Centuries
12:15 PM - Cannon firing followed by launch of boats by Louisbourg Youth Group
1:30 PM - Cannon firing with drummer
1:35 PM - Remarks and tours - archaeological, botanical and geo-caching.
3: 00 PM - Closing cannon firing
The Louisbourg Lighthouse Society will also host a Barbecue between 11:00 am and 3:00 PM and will provide live music. Images of period plans of the first lighthouse and the original lead plaque from the lighthouse will be on display.
The weather was great, lots of sunshine for this group of intrepid adventurers who made their way to one of the finest panoramic views in the highlands of Cape Breton. The walking was fairly easy on the well groomed roads until about the last one kilometers where the road becomes a narrow one-lane that a car or SUV could drive on fairly easily, slowly and cautiously but passable. There is a couple of long grades along the route however everyone managed these with determination to get to the look-off area at Cape Clear.
There was plenty of advertisement for this walk event but unfortunately only 14 walkers showed up for this very special event. IF YOU MISSED IT then you missed out on one of Cape Bretons best kept secrets and we will not be putting this walk event on again for at least 2-3 years from now!
Carrol Obianwu, all the way from Texas! made it to our walk event; Thank You Carrol for visiting Cape Breton and participating in our walk event.
See more photos in our Trails Photo Gallery.http://cbislandtrailphotos.blogspot.com/
Friday, August 14, 2009
Directions to The Start Point For The Cape Clear Walk Event:
From Hwy 105 Exit 7, (at the "Red Barn") on to the Cabot Trail Highway . Continue along the Cabot Trail up Hunters Mountain and turn right on "Highland Road"/ Crowdis Mountain; from this junction it is 45km along Highland Road to the Start Point for our walk event.
Please give yourself sufficient time to drive the Highland Road, a well maintained gravel road but dusty on clear sunny days.
Not sure of where you are going? Then how about Car Pooling or Convoy with the Club Members:
12:30pm Meet at the intersection of Cabot Trail and Highland Road and Car Pool and/or convoy to the START POINT. We will leave the meeting area/car pool lot at 12:45pm sharp
and arrive at the start point by car at approximately. 1:40pm.
Sunday 16 August, 2009
Walk Time: 2:00pm
The Cape Clear precipice's is a spectacular view of the Northeast Margaree and Margaree Rivers.
this is an in/out style walk on an excellent graveled road, a 5k walk to the natural viewing area and return for a total of 10k.
This maybe a first and only time for many of you and our visitors to see this area, therefore we will spend some time at the halfway point (at least 20min) to enjoy this fantastic natural wonder in the heart of our Island.
Walking for fun,fitness & Friendship
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
CVF CONVENTION & MINI CONVENTION
Section 5 APPENDICES
APPENDIX A SAMPLE PLANNING ORGANIZATION
Each convention is unique thus the planning organization will vary. The Convention Host will determine assignment of tasks. Names of Committees may vary and the assignment of tasks to a Committee is dependent on the Convention Coordinator.
It is expected that the planning committee will meet to brainstorm, plan and monitor activities up to the date of the AGM. Checklists should be developed for all aspects of convention planning with a record of who is required for the task, what materials are required and by whom, etc.
The Convention Coordinator, Facilities / CVF Liaison and other pertinent volunteers are to be on the premises during the hours that the Convention is open.
A follow-up meeting of the convention organizers should be held following the Convention to compile a report for the Coordinator of the next Convention. Copies of the report should be forwarded to the CVF office.
The host club(s) and Convention Committee decide what happens to any profits from the convention. The host club and Convention Committee are responsible for any losses.
Suggested Convention functions are:
1) Convention Coordinator / Convention Committee Chair:
-overall planning, delegation, coordination and reporting
-establishes planning organization
2) Facilities and CVF/FVC Liaison:
-develops elements of the overall AGM program.
-liaison with CVF to see that needs of both the AGM Committee and CVF are met
-co-ordinates with facilities managers and participants
3) Publicity and Communications:
-contacts local, regional and national media to publicize the event, finding ways to include information about Volkssporting
-develops a brochure / flyer for the AGM
-establishes and maintains an informative web page
-responds to mail and e-mail requests for information. (In 2001, 930 e-mails were logged for 352 registrants)
-provides French / English translations services for convention schedules and information
NOTE: Developing handout material and activating an informative website prior to the preceding year convention should eliminate many e-mail requests. In order to answer Who/What/Why/Where/When/How questions, the goals should be:
-Set up a one stop website early and communicate its existence
-Keep information short and simple
-Develop convention promotional material from the website
-Set up a plan to distribute material to other Volkssport clubs (Canada/US)
4) Fund raising / Ways and Means Committee:
-searches for and establishes acceptable sponsors and partners
-organizes money raising events eg Silent Action, raffles, after checking with provincial authorities to learn rules and guidelines of such activities
5) Walks / Trailmaster:
-develops and organizes routes and route instructions and maps
-provides French / English instructions and / or easily read maps / or guided walks
- establishes and maintains checkpoints, marking of routes
-develops and distributes registration forms. Personal information, such as name, address, phone number, email address, event options taken, are required for the preparation of receipts, delegate badges, email lists, etc. Deadlines and refunds must be clearly stated
-keeps registration records and record of monies received
-acknowledges registration by e-mail (preferably) or letter if no e-mail address
-maintains registration desk during the Convention
-completes a registration form for all individuals attending
-tracks the actual receipt of registration forms for a later report. It would be reassuring to a future organizing committee, for example, to know when to expect the return of registration forms so it can set and encourage deadlines.
7) Souvenirs / Sales:
-develops unique or representative symbols to be used on certificates, patches and / or pins
-makes souvenirs available for purchase (include CVF, Regional Associations and local Clubs materials)
-recruits volunteers for all aspects of the AGM program, including walks, silent auction, etc
-creates a plan for the effective use of volunteers (some 80-100 duty slots will need to be covered in the 3 days)
-ensures volunteers have materials required for their duties
9) Financial / Treasurer:
-develops a budget
-keeps all financial records
-opens bank account separate from host club’s
-approves all expenditures and reimburses committee chairs for approved and on- going expenditures
-assumes responsibility for cash boxes and ensures adequate floats during the AGM
-provides Revenue and Expenditure Report following AGM
The 42k Marathon Walk Event will take place at Troy,(the new parking lot, and at the new sign, for the Trans Canada/Ceilidh Trail) Cape Breton 12 Sept 2009 and the time is fast approaching to get your reservations in for the dinner that will be held that evening at the hall in Judique.
WE MUST KNOW HOW MANY DINNERS TO ORDER FOR THIS OCCASSION SO PLEASE REGISTER ASAP BEFORE 23 AUGUST.
Please find attached the brochure and registration form, please print off and give a copy to your friends.
We want to also remind everyone that there are multiple distances and timings available as well, you are not restricted to try and walk the whole 42K event.
Come on out and do the shorter walk events then continue to the Finish Point to encourage the marathon walkers as they complete the event.
Come show your support for your club members! Even if you are not walking that day you can still join us for a social evening of fun at the Judique Hall, cultural center for Celtic Heritage and Music!!
Have more questions then contact us at this e-mail address or call 902-562-3117
Joe and Elsie
or Rollie 902-849-0747
ADDITIONAL UPDATE NEWS REFERENCE THE 2010 CVF CONVENTION WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON! STAY TUNED FOR DEVELOPING NEWS..........COME! PUT YOUR HEEL AND TOES ON OUR ISLAND
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
General Meeting of Committees and Volunteers for the 2010 Canadian Volkssport Federation:
Next meeting will be held 6:30pm,Tuesday, August 25th 2009 at the McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth Street, CBRM, Sydney.
The 24th of August that was originally planned has been changed as the library is not open on Mondays.
If you have volunteered for a committee or want to consider volunteering for any of these important functions please contact Elsie Buck: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rollie email@example.com , duties and responsibilities of committees are available upon request.
These will also be published later on this site.
12 SEPT MARATHON EVENT NOTES:
Information Regarding the Marathon and Walk event for Saturday12 Sept
REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER MUST BE IN BY 23 AUGUST, WE MUST INFORM THE JUDIQUE HALL HOW MANY DINNERS WILL BE REQUIRED. YOUR COOPERATIONS IN THIS MATTER IS QUITE IMPORTANT, SO PLEASE REGISTER ASAP.
We have St .Johns Ambulance on site at the Start Point and at locations along the trail throughout the day, EMO personnel will also be available and they will be located at the Judique Hall.
Walkers should make us aware of any health issue upon registration.
If you are not walking the 20, 30, 42k events we are seeking 8 volunteers to work the (4) manned water/check point at each 10 km. These locations should have 2 people each; Personnel at these locations should have cell phones available in case of emergencies plus a fold up chair for your own convenience. You should also have Sun Block protection, bug spray rain gear just in case.
Please note that anyone who volunteers one hour or more with the club at any walk event can get an EVENT STAMP for that particular walk. Example if you can't walk for any reason but want to come out and help you are now entitled to the event stamp only.
At Registration, each 20km, 30km & 42k participant will be given a number. That # will be stuck on the left hand side of his or her shirt. If that walker has any backpack etc. placed in our care, the same # will be on that item. This may help with lost items.
As each walker passes the 10k, 20k etc. check points, their # will be checked off.
This should help us locate any strays.
Do you have a large Water Cooler that you can loan to us for this event.The coolers will have ice, from the different motels, to keep the bottle water cool.
Everyone is to be off the trail by 1800hrs, Dinner is at 1900hrs
Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Island Hoppers will participate in the Johnny Miles Festival weekend in Sydney Mines, NS
Our walk event will take place on SUNDAY, 02 AUGUST, 2009
TIME: 1:30pm Registration, Walk Time 2:00pm
LOCATION: S&S Meat Market parking lot Pit Street, Sydney Mines
CONTACT INFO: Joe MacKinnon or Elsie Buck 902-562-3117, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, July 27, 2009
Message From David Gabriel:
Signs have been posted over the years advertising our policy concerning
keeping dogs under control and cleaning up after them. They have been
routinely ripped down as was the case recently.
Our association cannot act as police to enforce this legitimate and
reasonable policy but everyone must accept that it is the policy of the CBRM
and the Baille Ard Recreation Association. If there are incidents caused by
an uncontrolled dog, all concerned must understand our position.
Recently someone has painted markers on trees along the trails. If you know
anything about this could you let me know.
David can be contacted at the following:
Just a reminder that the next Trail Day at Baille Ard is on
Wed.,August 5 10AM when David Gabriel will give a tour of the Baille Ard Trail
CBIH MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:
1.See today's walk event photos Sunday, 26 July Wild Cove and Gooseberry Cove.
Our sincere thank you to Terry Crawley who invited all walkers to his home at Hillside Mira for a BBQ after this great walk experience.
2.Terry is also taking orders for a new lighter weight club t-shirt; Terry recommends these for the 42K Marathon to be held 12 Sept of this year. Further details can be found on the web site or ask for a brochure at the next walk event. A REMINDER: multiple choice routes of shorter lengths are available at various times throughout the day/ dinner is at 7:00pm at the Judique Hall. Again please check the web site www.capebretonislandhoppers.com for further details.....
3. General Meeting reference CVF 2010 Convention Friday 31 July McConnell Library, 50 Falmouth St., Sydney. Contact Elsie or Joe for further info: 562-3117 or email@example.com
4. Next Walk Event: Sunday, 03 August, 3rd Annual Johnny Miles Volksmarch.
Registration: 1:30pm and we step off at 2:00pm
Start Point: S&S Meat Market, Pitt Street, Sydney Mines.
Contact and walk leader: is Rollie 849-0747 or this email address
PLEASE NOTE THE BRUNCH served at the Sydney Mines Fire Hall is cancelled.
A walk around the block by yourself is healthy and fine but lonely! A walk with friends in the wild glen will make you healthier, happier and wiser! Roland
Walking for fun,fitness & Friendship
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Ann Coombes & Lea Tocher Mexico meets Ontario
MEETING NEW FRIENDS AT THE 2009 CONVENTION
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING FOR THE ISLAND HOPPERS:
FRIDAY July 31, 6:30pm
McConnell Memorial Library,
50 Falmouth Street, Sydney
"The Canadian Volkssport Federation, 24th Annual General Meeting and Convention 2010,coming to Cape Breton!!!
Over the past several walk events it has been proposed to bring the convention to Cape Breton Island and more specifically to CBRM-Sydney.
During these short meeting at the walk events there was a lot of enthusiasm to bring the convention here, now we need your help to setup committees, make proposals on how to do it.
Your input and volunteer efforts will be the backbone of this proposal to make this a successful event.
Immediately after this meeting we must make a formal announcement to the CVF Board of Directors for their approval. No other organizations have come forward to hold the convention for 2010.
Normally the next convention would have been announced during the ongoing convention however this past year no clubs came forward to host the 2010 convention.
The CVF Board of Directors has designated the weekend of 28-30 May 2010 as the General Meeting therefore we will hold the convention as per these dates.
We need walk committees, entertainment, banquet, meet and greet, registration committees and more. Help us to show off this great island. Lets make it #1 and not #3 of the most beautiful Islands in the world, according to Leisure Magazine.
A post convention tour of the Highlands may also be considered.
Please pass on this information to members you know who do not have email. Thank You!
Rollie, for Joe and Elsie
Walking for fun,fitness & Friendship
THE GATEWAY WALKERS,THE 2009 CONVENTION AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, NORTH BAY ON
Friday, July 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Baille Ard Nature Trail Walk and Talk
Monday, 6 July at 8:00am
In another of Baille Ard Recreation Association's summer series of nature walks, David McCorquodale will visit the trails to discuss bird life. David is a Professor with the Biology Department at Cape Breton University and has researched the changes in bird populations on Cape Breton Island. He contributes to the monthly Bird Hour on CBC Cape Breton radio.
The Baille Ard Trail - 14 acres of mixed forest and brooks - is located in the south end of Sydney. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Terrace Street, adjacent to the SPEC soccer field (far end).
Thursday, June 25, 2009
BE PROUD AND WEAR RED AND WHITE FOR CANADA DAY!
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN COXHEATH/WESTMOUNT
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1st AT 9:30AM
MEETING POINT: PETERSFIELD PROVINCIAL PARK
A 10K WALK EVENT RATED 2A
CONTACT THE CLUB PRESIDENT JOE MACKINNON OR ELSIE BUCK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
One of our most popular Walk Events will take place this coming weekend.
The lighthouse Walk Event at Louisbourg will take place on Sunday June 28th.
Registration is 1:30pm
Walk/Start Time is: 2:00pm
Walk Leader: Judy Lorway, 567-0017
Year Round Event Coordinator for Louisbourg is Shirley Pettigrew
Due to the number of walkers/participants expected for this event we will meet at the parking lot for the former S.N.E. Sea Products, located on Main Street, Louisbourg.
This is about 300 meters from Peck's Store; Peck's is the official Volunteer location for our Year Round Event in Louisbourg. Please support our official Start Point Locations!
Visitors to the island please note from Hwy 125, proceed on to Hwy 22 to the Community of Louisbourg (25-30 Minutes to Louisbourg) where Hwy 22 terminates.
The Louisbourg Lighthouse Event is also a registered Canadian Volkssport Federation National Cenotaph/War Memorial Walk Event for those who participate in this event.
The following message was sent out by David Gabriel, President of the Baille Ard trail Society.
Hopefully some of our members can come out and support this worthwhile endeavor to help restore the trail to a more safe condition.
Thank You in advance for any help you can provide.
David Gabriel's Message:
The trails were extensively damaged by flooding this week. Two bridges were
dislodged and a considerable amount of gravel was washed away. In their
present condition, sections of the trail are not safe.
However, all of the damage can be repaired by volunteer effort. The
positive in volunteering is that it will provide trail users an opportunity
to contribute in a real way to their upkeep. To do what has to be done we
will need people to come out in numbers! .
Initially, I suggest we come out Saturday morning between 9 am and noon.
Our first jobs will be to return the bridges to their places and to shovel
any gravel that hasn't been too badly displaced back on to the trail. After
that we can use the gravel we have stockpiled to repair as much as we can.
Based on what we do Saturday we can plan other sessions and order stone.
Please contact any trail users that may not be on our list. If you don't
feel physically capable of being involved in the work, consider approaching
a friend or relative who is. Remember that you are the beneficiary of the
trails being in good repair.
Volunteers will need a wheelbarrow (borrow one if need be) and a shovel
Friday, June 19, 2009
THE CAPE BRETON ISLAND HOPPERS VOLKSSPORT CLUB IS THE HOST CLUB FOR THIS YEARS 42K MARATHON EVENT:
CBIH is pleased to host this years Annual Walk Marathon and shorter distances events.
PARTICIPANTS OF ALL ABILITES AND AGES ARE WELCOMED TO JOIN THE CBIH FOR A DAY OF WALKING.
COME WALK FOR FUN, FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP!
is located at the Parking lot for the Trans Canada Trail on Hwy 19 on the west side of the road (left side as you travel North) and is 1.4Ks from the convenience store "Downtown Troy".
The Start Point
Visitors from mainland Nova Scotia, after crossing the Canso Causeway at Port Hastings turn left (north) towards Port Hood and Troy on Hwy 19 for approximate 5Ks to "Downtown Troy" and continue for another 1.4 Ks to the Start Point parking lot.
Participants coming from CBRM area on Hwy 105 will turn right (north) at the intersection of 105 and the Canso Causeway roundabout.
CBIH signs will be posted on route. "WALK EVENT >_"
Saturday 12 Sept, 2009
NOTE: VARIOUS REGISTRATION AND WALK TIMES:
Registration: 8:00 AM until 09:00 AM For The 42K Marathon Walkers
The marathon walk event will continue north along the Trans Canada/ Ceilidh Trail towards Port Hood.
Registration: 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM For The 20 & 30K Participants
Walk Times For 42/ 30/ 20 Ks: Register then Start Walking.
The Trail Distances will be posted along the Route.
The Afternoon Walk Event for those not wanting to do the longer distances:
Registration For The Guided Walk Events Begin At 1:30 PM
GW: 5/ 10/ 15 K's will Start Walking At 2:00 PM
Dinner is 7:00 PM at the Hall in Judique about 22 K from Troy, PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER FOR THE DINNER BY FILLING OUT THE FORM PROVIDED ON THE SPECIAL BROCHURE THAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE AT ALL CBIH WALK EVENTS.
GET FIRST HAND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT BY:
ASKING FOR A BROCHURE AT THE NEXT CBIH WALK EVENT OR E-MAIL/CALL THE CLUB PRESIDENT FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:
Neither the sponsors of the event nor the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club can be held responsible for any lost or stolen items, accidents or injuries at any time. All participants must sign a 'Waiver of Liability' form before starting the Event/Walk.
Anyone may participate in any event. Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to obey all traffic signs, and where there is no sidewalk, to walk on the left facing traffic.
Pets must be on a leash.
CEILIDH TRAIL/Trans Canada Trail parking lot TROY, INVERNESS COUNTY
Saturday Sep 12, 2009
Joe MacKinnon/Rollie Coombes
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Scenes from the 2009 CVF Annual General Meeting and Convention:
Above the walk event in Callander, 15 minutes from North Bay
The annual convention and general meeting are a great way to meet volkssporters from all over Canada and the world.
Voyageurs along the trail and "Big Joe Mattawa"!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Baille Ard Nature Trail Walk and Talk
What lies beneath…and above! There’s more going on in Baille Ard Nature Trail than first meets the eye. To mark International Trails Day, Baille Ard Recreation Association is hosting a walk on Sunday, 7 June at 10:00AM. Join ACAP Cape Breton specialists, Wayne Williams and Stephanie Johnstone, as they talk about life in the Trail’s streams and the vibrant ecology of this beautiful 14 acre mixed forest trail located in the south end of Sydney.
Meet in the parking lot at the end of Terrace Street, adjacent to the SPEC soccer field (far end).
Monday, June 01, 2009
TRANS CANADA/CEILIDH TRAIL SCENES 2008
THE CEILIDH TRAIL MEANDERS ALONG THE MABOU RIVER PARALLEL TO HIGHWAY 19, WALKERS HAVE A CHOICE OF GOING NORTH OR SOUTH ALONG THIS QUAINT AND PEACEFUL TRAIL. ON A QUIET DAY YOU MAY HEAR A DISTANT PIPER IN THE GLEN.
Come join the Cape Breton Island Hoppers and Pathways Cape Breton for International Trails Day Saturday 06 June 2009 at Mabou River Inn, South West Ridge Road in Mabou.
Please note that we will be sharing the trail and the day with our friends from Pathways Cape Breton.
Pathways will be organizing a bicycle tour for the local children and visitors.
These walk events will take place on the Trans Canada/Ceilidh Trail.
Nova Scotia Natural Resources have confirmed that this trail is open for all activities. The ban on trails in the Mabou area only affects the Mabou Hills/MacKinnon Brook Trails that are located to the North West of Mabou along the western coast of Cape Breton.
There will be two walk events during the day with two separate IVV award stamps for this occasion.
The Start Point for the two walk events will begin at the parking lot at Mabou River Inn just below the "Lady of Sorrows Shrine".
The first event registration starts at 09:30 AM and we step off at 10:00 AM.
Participants have a choice of a 5k or 10k walks in the morning and in the afternoon.
Depending on the trail conditions and the direction that the bicycle group from Pathways will follow, we will be going in the opposite direction along the Ceilidh Trail.
On the second walk event of the day, we will step off at at 2:00 PM and Registration for this event will begin at 1:30 PM going in the opposite direction of the morning walk.
The CBIH walk schedule Rates these Events as 2B and 1B, in fact both walks are on the same trail going in opposite directions and the Pathways Trails committee have been working on these trails and they should now be RATED AS 1A.
PICNIC tables are available at the Start Point for those walkers wanting to bring along their own picnic basket or take in lunch at a local Restaurant. Make a day off it in Mabou, you can't go wrong in this lovely little Cape Breton village.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
DATE: SATURDAY,10:00 AM, 09 MAY 2009
LOCATION: Baille Ard Trail, Sherwood School, Terrace Street Entrance
This is the first in a series of introductory theme walkabouts hosted by the Baille Ard Trail Association, that will take place throughout the spring and summer months. Saturdays walk will be lead by Elsie Buck and Joe MacKinnon who will be introducing the trail system of the Baille Ard to those interested in all of the trails and how they are connected to each other. Other walkabouts during the year will introduce speakers examining the ecology of the system, birds and animals, trees and the undergrowth etc.
A good warm up for the Island Hoppers going to the afternoon walk in Baddeck.
BADDECK YEAR ROUND EVENT AND WORLD WALKING DAY
DATE: SATURDAY: 14:00 Hours/2:00 PM, 09 MAY 2009
START POINT: Chebucto Street Parking Lot across the street from The Telegraph House
REGISTRATION: 13:30 Hours/1:30 PM
START/WALK TIME: 14:00 Hours/ 2:00 PM
WALK DISTANCE(S): 5 Km and 10 Km Your choice.
CVF RATING: 1B, This is a walk around the Community of Baddeck and is registered as part of the CVF National "Lighthouse Walk' program.
KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WALK EVENTS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Above The parking lot/Start Point for the Marathon Walk Event coming up on Saturday 12 September 2009.
Joe and Elsie point out the midway/rest area for the marathon walkers!
More photos showing the Ceilidh/Trans Canada Trail can be seen in the Photo section of our web site.
The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club will be sponsoring the Annual 42KM Marathon Walk Event that is held in Nova Scotia at various locations throughout the province.
SATURDAY 12 September, 2009
Start now by working out for the event, Meet Joe and Elsie at the Cambridge Suites at 10 AM every Tuesday and Friday and every other Sunday at 2PM, when we do not have a scheduled walk event on our yearly calendar of events.
There will be various walk times and distances available for all participants.
We recognize that all members are not inclined to challenge themselves to the entire 42Km Event, therefore we have setup a program of various distances to allow all members to participate during the day.
The 42km Event Starts at 08:00 Hrs/8 AM, Registration ends at 09:00 Hrs/9 AM for the main walk event.
The Marathon Walkers will continue on a linear style walk (one way) to a finish line located approximately in or near Port Hood.
Support Vehicles will be available thru out the day along the trail.
Walkers who want to do 20 and 30 Km's are asked to register at 09:00 Hrs/9 AM until 10:00 Hrs/10 AM.
To achieve the 20 Km event participants will walk 10k in one direction and return to the Start Point for a total of 20 Km's and the 30 K will continue for 15 km's and return for a total of 30 km's.
Shorter Distances of 5, 10 and 15kms will start at the usual traditional CBIH time of 14:00 Hrs/2 PM and registration will begin at 13:30 Hrs/1:30 PM
The Walk Event will Start at the new Ceilidh Trail parking lot on Highway 19 in the Community of Troy.
The parking lot is on the west side of the Highway and is 1.4Km from the convenience store known as "Downtown Troy".
CBIH SIGNS WILL BE POSTED ON THE HIGHWAY AND AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARKING LOT.
A brochure on the walk Event and the evening dinner is available at all walk events or by email by request.
Registration forms for the dinner at the Hall in Judique are available with the "Marathon Brochure" and must be sent into the registrar by 23 August.
Come out and walk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship with your fellow club members and then enjoy a social evening of FOOD at the Judique hall.
More Information Will be posted during the remainder of the year on this site and on our group e-mail. You can email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer your concerns as quickly as possible.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Cape Breton Island Hoppers
Keith & I and our family would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the
Cape Breton Island Hoppers for the gift to celebrate our recent marriage
on March 14/09. It was so nice that some of you were able to join us in
celebration on our very Special Day-it really meant a lot to both of us!
Keith usually works away and has not been as fortunate as I, to have
made the wonderful friendships since joining this incredible group of
people. He does however feel that he knows so many of you through my
ongoing chatter about our *adventures *as a group!
Again thank you all and I look forward to our next walk!
Phyllis & Keith MacLeod
Photo taken by Donnie MacKenzie:
Friday, March 13, 2009
CBIH MEMBERS AND GUESTS DON'T FORGET:
Shake Off The Winter Doldrums! Get The Spider Webs Off Your Old Walking Shoes! Step Out And Get WALKING For Fun, Fitness and Friendship With Your Walking Buddies!
Cindy Day Says Sunday Will Be Sunny....
The First Group Walk For 2009:
Sunday, 2:00pm, 15 March, Registration Begins At 1:30pm
Start Point: Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade, Sydney
Walk Leader: Joe MacKinnon, 562-3117/562-6089
Friday, February 27, 2009
Come join the group for an evening of Fun.
Ski Ben Eoin will be hosting a snowshoe and cross-country ski event by moonlight with a bonfire going throughtout the evening.
Friday, 06 March 2009 @ 7:00pm.
Bring your own liquid refreshments for the trail.
Regular trail fees apply for this event.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A Nordic Walking Clinic will be held at the Track near the BiCentenial Arena off Cabot Street. CB Island Hoppers are invited to attend at 2:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 3rd.
Additional clinics will be held on Fridays at 5:30pm and again on Sunday at 2:00pm.
PARTICIPANTS must already have a pair of Nordic Walking Poles, these can be purchased and or rented at FRAMEWORK Cycle and Fitness 273 Townsend Street, Sydney phone 567-1909 for details about rental and purchase.
The Baille Ard Trail Association now meet at 7:00pm on the last Tuesday of each month at the Sherwood School Complex on Terrace Street, Sydney.
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