Wednesday, February 27, 2013



4th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge

The 4th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place Saturday, July 20th beginning at 7:00 am. Teams of four will hike 3 mountains in one day - Franey (7.4 km), Fishing Cove (5.7 km - short route) and Acadien (8.4 km) - a distance of 21.5 km.  All hikes are in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

All teams will be required to have a park entry pass for each member. Hike the Highlands have worked with the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and secured a group park daily pass rate for July 20th. Your park entry passes will be included in your team registration fee for 2013. The registration fee for teams this year is $150.00, a small increase of $10.00 from last year to help offset the costs of park passes.  The team registration fee includes park entry passes, t-shirts, new Cape Breton Highlands National Park topo map as well the closing ceremonies in Cheticamp. The venue and details of the 3 Peaks Challenge closing ceremonies will be announced in a future newsletter (March or April). It is expected that online registration & payment will be available mid to late March.

White Point & North Mountain in the Winter,   Photo credit Lisa Dixon

Bay Road Valley Snowshoe Hike

The last snowshoe hike of this winter for Hike the Highlands will be Bay Road Valley on March 23rd beginning at 10:30 am.  Above picture of Bay Road Valley and White Point, Photo credit - David Rasmussen

Previously Hike the Highlands hosted the Freshwater Lake - Ful Moon hike on Jan. 29th and the Clyburn Valley Snowshoe hike on Feb.23rd.  The snowshoe hikes are organized in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and Take the Roof off Winter.

Registration for the Bay Road Valley is at 10:00 the parking lot next to Bell Aliant building. Watch for Hike the Highlands sign. It is expected that this hike will take close to 3 hours to complete with breaks and lunch on the trail.

This will be a guided snowshoe hike. There is no cost to participate. Please bring snowshoes and dress appropriately.  Did you know that snowshoeing with poles is a great aerobic workout burning on average 600 calories.

Below photo - Looking toward Cabot Landing Beach, Photo credit - David Rasmussen

Short Notes

1) Three new blog posts with photo slideshows have been added to Hike the Highlands blog in February 2013. They include :
a) Freshwater Lake - Full Moon Hike, Jan. 29
b) Red Island Trail - Snowshoe Hike, Feb .16
c) Clyburn Valley Snowshoe Hike - Feb. 23rd
2)  Cape Breton Highlands National Park will be providing free topographical maps of the park to hikers who purchase a Hike the Highlands Pass to the festival in 2013 as their contribution to the festival's 10th Anniversity.

3)  Fellow hiker Carolyn Pelerine from Alberta is busy working on a slideshow with music for our website.

4) Hike the Highlands board approved developing a mobile website in 2013 for mobile devices -smartphones & tablets. 20% of our visitors to our website in 2012 were are on mobile devices. It is expected to increase significantly in the future. Work will begin in April.

5) Planning is well underway for the 10th Anniversity of the Hike the Highlands Festival in 2013.  The festival will be organizing events throughout the year. This winter, Hike the Highlands will be hosting and organizing three snowshoe hikes in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and Take the Roof off Winter. On June 1st, we will be participating in the International Trails day and on July 20th hosting the 4th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge. The season will end with our 10th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival from Sept. 13-22, 2013.

6) March newsletter will have more announcements on our 10th Anniversary celebrations in 2013.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival April 19-21, 2013

Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:48 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Wendy Bumgardner" walkingguide

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Victoria Volkssport Phoenix Festival April 19-21, 2013
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:31:28 -0800
From: Frances Aknai>

To Volkssport Clubs Presidents

In the past you have been good enough to distribute our email to your 
members and I would really appreciate it if you could do that one more 
time. Thank you.

Hello Walkers! As you may know the 3 Volkssport clubs of Victoria will 
jointly host the third exciting Phoenix Walking Festival on April 19-21 
-- only two months from now! The spring weather is here already, flowers 
are blooming and trees are starting to form their beautiful blossoms. 
So, this a lovely place to be and we invite you all to come and join us 
for our event and meet many old and new friends.

Full details about the event are available on the website> or you can email> if you have any questions. Already, 
registrations are pouring in from many clubs in Canada and the USA. 
The two hotels that are offering special prices to attendees are listed 
on the website but their rooms are limited. Most registrants are also 
signing up for the dinner on Saturday night and, again, there is a limit 
on how many we can accept. So, if you are planning to attend, or 
considering attending, I urge you to sign up quickly. This will help 
us to get a handle on numbers and will ensure that you are not disappointed.

We are looking forward to greeting you in April.

David Cattrall

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Convention 2014 - Membership - Snow Shoe/Walk Event

CBIH Members,

The Canadian Volkssport Federation's National Convention and Annual General Meeting will take place from 30 May - 1 June 2014  in Banff Alberta.

With so many Cape Breton families now located in Alberta perhaps you may consider a mini vacation to see family or friends and then take in the convention at the same time.

You can register online in just a few minutes simply follow the links from our national website:

Our national convention are a great way to meet Volkssporters from across the country, USA and around the world.

Ann and I have just registered and felt the prices were very reasonable compared to other location where the convention has been held in the past.

Note below from Kathy Parr, Convention Vice Chair,

Hi All,
Just wanted to let you know that we are receiving great response for the Banff Convention. We have 24 registered for the convention and 32 rooms booked. 
Due to this wonderful response we have increased our allotted rooms to 125 but that is all we can get, at this time, due to limited availability during the time of our convention. We have 85 rooms at the Banff Park Lodge and 40 rooms at the nearby Bow Valley Lodge. Please pass this information on to your members who are planning on attending. The information on how to make a reservation is on the Accommodations tab on the Convention website
Kathy Parr,
Convention Vice Chair



Annual Membership fees are now due.

The membership committee will be available at the next Walk Event and at subsequent events.

Fees may also be sent by mail:

Elsie Buck, President

Cape Breton Island Hoppers

25 Mt. Florence St.

Coxheath, NS

B1R 1T9

Please note the first walk /snowshoe event for the 2013 season will be held Sunday, 10 February @ 2:00 pm.
Registration beginning at  1:30 pm.
Albert Bridge, 439 Brickyard Road, Mira Provincial Park
Group Guided Walk leader Elsie Buck
For further details click on the site below: