Thursday, June 21, 2012


Members CB Island Hoppers,
We are getting ready for 2013 and a very special year of walking for the fun of it!

As many of you already know we must begin now to produce a schedule for the following year to ensure our walk events are published in the "World Book of Walking". This book is published and ready for 1 January each year and in this case for the 2013 walk events.

To ensure we meet this deadline and especially for the very special program that has been developed by our club for next year;
The club president Elsie Buck and Rollie have taken on a project to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fortress Louisbourg.

Organizations such as ours had been invited to produce a program of celebration for this anniversary.
The National Historic site has been very helpful in this regard and they are pleased with the program we have developed.

Other members of our club such as Dianna MacDonald, Barbara Thistle and Cal Thistle have contributed their time and resources to ensure we will have a Luncheon, Picnic and a Meet and Greet during this long weekend of walking. 
Our club treasurer Lucy Nardini will be registering our dinner guests etc.

Other members have been asked to be walk leaders, sweeps. If you would like to help out during the weekend please contact Elsie.
Please help your club to make this a successful weekend by joining your friends on the walk events and coming out to the dinner, picnic, luncheon, Meet and Greet or at least to one or more of the events.

The long weekend of 28 June - 01 July 2013 has been set aside for this walk adventure in and around Fortress Louisbourg.
Due to the many other programs at the Fortress we had to make this our special weekend at the historical site.

Very shortly we will begin to advertise these walk events to the remainder of the Canadian Volkssport Federation and to our friends in the USA and across Europe. We want you the club members to be informed before these events are published in the CVF VOLKSSPORT Newsletter.

The remainder of the schedule for the same year is still being worked on and if you have walked a new trail that you want to introduce the club too, then please come forward with the details and the walk committee will place this on the schedule for the year. We are always in need for new walk leaders! We need you the members to come up with trails and walks as well.

2013 will also be the CBIH's turn to host the 42k Marathon event, so the above walks will be a good practice as we will put on about 52k for the weekend.

Please find attached three (3) .pdf's, brochures and an explanation of what the Island Hoppers will be doing for the Louisbourg300 celebrations.
Brochures can be sent in .rtf (rich text file) if needed

At a later date the brochure will be available at all walk events.

Thank You for your support!

rfc for Elsie Buck, president
Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club

Walking for Fun,Fitness & Friendship

Barb Thistle, Elsie Buck, Cal Thistle on the Lighthouse Coastal Trail


Walk Event:

Sunday, 24 June @ 2pm in Port Hastings

A part of the Trans Canada Trail System beginning at the Canso Causeway.

Please see details on the Events Calendar

A photo from the past: Official Opening of the Trans Canada Trail Kiosk at the Canso Causeway

Monday, June 18, 2012


Lionel Conrod from the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club has sent the following to members of CBIH:

sad newsl  Elizabeth Flood was the partner of Sunny Cluett and they met at a CBIH walk.
FLOOD, Elizabeth
On Thursday June 14, 2012, peacefully at the Elizabeth-Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick on December 14, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Josephine Flood. Survived by her children, Gillen (Bruce) Reed, Saint John; Lisa (Gary) Zed, Ottawa; Stephen (Marjean) Frink, Burnaby BC. Her greatest love and source of joy were her grandchildren, Cuyler and Sidney Frink; Olivia, Colin and Liam Zed. She will be deeply missed by her dear friend and companion of recent years Gordon (Sunny) Cluett. Elizabeth is also survived by her brothers, James and Michael Flood, as well as, numerous nieces and nephews with whom she remained close. She is predeceased by her brothers Harry and Richard, sister Eleanor and former husband Tim Frink. Liz loved everything about life and looked for the very best in everyone. She lived life to the fullest and had no regrets. She had a passion for travel, the arts, dancing, healthy living and sharing a meal with her family and friends. Her joy and attitude towards life will continue to be an inspiration to all who met her. A Memorial Service will take place at Shadow Lawn Inn, 3180 Rothesay Road, Rothesay, N.B. on Tuesday, June 19th at 1:30 p.m. In
lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital
in Ottawa.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Sunday 10 June 2012
The Cape Breton Island Hoppers participating in the Annual Diabetes walk event.
The Registration Desk for walkers - Volkssporters and participants  on the The CB Diabetes walk events
The CBIH is a non competitive walking club devoted to walking for Fun, Fitness and Friendship. We usually do not participate in pledge walk events however this year has been an exception; club members had the option to sign pledge sheets with the Diabetes Society and to walk with the club using an IVV stamp and to participate in our usual 10k event. Members of the general public were invited to walk with us or to walk on the nearby track to show their support to help control Diabetes.

More photos of this event can be found in our photo gallery.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012



Registration 9:30am
Walk begins: 10:00am
Start Point: North Sydney Civic Centre
King Street
Walk Leader/Guide: Elsie Buck 


Come join the CBIH in North Sydney on Sunday 10 June, 2012 (10:00am) for a walk in support of the CB Diabetic Society. Throughout the year we are overwhelmed by many groups wanting us to support their special cause by joining them for a fund raising walk. This year we will ask your support to walk with the local Cape Breton Diabetes Society.

For those members who give in other ways throughout the year to their own special causes please consider this as our normal weekly walk event, it is simply starting at the Civic Centre along our regular walk route.
The CB Diabetes Society is also looking for used clothing to help support this cause. 

CBIH members will continue to do the regular 5 and 10k walk event in North Sydney and the general public is invited to walk along with us as well. However the track next to the Civic Centre is available to those non-members who feel they are not up to a longer walk event.

Saturday, June 02, 2012


The Lighthouse Trail Saturday, 02 June 2012
DSCF0437(1) The 5k and 10k group before splitting up, The Lighthouse can be seen in the background.
DSCF0438 DSCF0439One of several bridges installed by the Louisbourg Trail Association

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Above is Wolfe Cove Landing site
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Above is Gun Cove
DSCF0451 Barb Thistle, Elsie Buck, Cal Thistle


Canadian Volkssport Federations National Walking Weekend held in on Sunday 27 May, 2012.
Photos from the album of Suzanne Lazaro:
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