Wednesday, November 20, 2013


A reminder that all CB Island Hoppers are invited to attend the  Annual "End of Season Party"

When: Saturday 23 November 2013
Where: 364 York Street, Glace Bay
Time: 6:00pm 
Hosted by: Ann & Rollie Coombes

Directions: Enter Glace Bay, continue to the end of Reserve Street, at the intersection of Union and Reserve Streets turn right and then left on any of the next side streets to York. - 364 is located at the corner of Byng and York.

This will be a "Pot Luck" affair! Bring one of your favorite hot or cold  food items that you would like to share with the group! Coffee and Tea will be provided.  

The last Group Walk Event for the 2013 season took place on Sunday 17 November. Great weather for walking and a change of scenery as the walk leaders, Joe MacKinnon and Elsie Buck, introduced the club to what may become an alternate route for our Sydney Permanent/Year Round Event using a portion of the new "Open Hearth Park". The new children's playground was immensely popular with the adults! See more photos in the "photo gallery",


Tuesday, November 12, 2013


(A) Guided Walk Event:

Sunday, 17 November @ 2pm, Registration begins @ 1:30pm
Location: 380 Esplanade, Cambridge Suites, Sydney
This is the last Guided Walk Event for the 2013 Schedule.
The walk leaders are planning to develop a 3rd alternate route for the Sydney walk event with the intentions of using parts of the new "OPEN HEARTH PARK". This will prove to be a great new addition to our Sydney YRE.

(B) All Members of the Cape Breton Island Hoppers are cordially invited to attend the:


Host: Ann and Rollie Coombes
Location: 364 York Street, Glace Bay
When: Saturday, 23 November
Time: 6pm

This will be a "pot luck" affair, bring along your favorite dish of food (hot or cold) and/or dessert
Your host will provide Coffee, Tea, punch bowl drinks, variety of breads and rolls.

Not sure what to bring! Call or email the Social Committee Chairperson Dianna MacDonald or Ann Coombes

(C) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the CBIH was held on Saturday 9 November at the McConnell Library in Sydney.
The meeting had to be held earlier then what is on the annual schedule of events due to scheduling from the library. Several notices had been published on this website and the club president Elsie Buck passed on the corrected date at several walk events.


(1) The 2014 schedule was presented to the members at the Annual Meeting and over the next few weeks this will be published on the club website under "EVENTS".

For those members who would like a printable copy of the 2014 schedule online please email and I will be happy to send this to you as .pdf 

(2) The Trails Committee, after completing the 2014 walk schedule, are now working on the 2015 events.
This is the backbone of our organization and we are calling upon all members to make an effort to seek out new, to us, trails that you think would be interesting and doable for our Group Walk Events.
If you want new and interesting walk events! We need new members on the Trails Committee who are willing to take the lead in this regard. 
Send us an email or talk to the Walk Committee Chairperson at the upcoming walk events. The club continues to need volunteers to fill positions on all committees. 
I can only tell you from personal experience how satisfying it is to come up with walking programs or special type of events and to ensure they are completed. A thank you from our walk visitors during the Louisbourg and marathon events had been payment enough!

(3) a. The Real Big News from the 2013 Annual General Meeting, Elsie Buck President of CBIH asked to be replaced after 2 years as our president. The presidents position as well as the Vice President, Walk Committee positions, walk registrations, putting up directional signs and many more tasks have been in the MacKinnon - Buck household for the past 6 years, as both Elsie and Joe have shared these duties over the years.
Thank you Elsie for an excellent job - Well done Joe!

b. The Good News for the club, Cal Thistle, one of our founding members and longtime volunteer on walk committees, Guided Walk Leader, and Ways and Means Committee came forward to take over as the 6th President of The Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club. Cal brings plenty of experience to the job and it will be a smooth transition for Cal to take over and for Elsie to take up the reins of the Past Presidents job.

c. The Vice Presidents position remains vacant- There should and must be a backup for the club president - Why not You?
 All committees have a chairperson but again your club needs more committed persons to help continue to keep the CBIH Going for the near foreseeable future.

(4) The CVF 2014 Annual General Meeting and Convention will take place in Banff Alberta and details can be found on the CVF website: 

(5) The CVF Winter Walking Program is in effect and details can be found on the CVF website or contact Elsie Buck for local details, plus:

The following message, from CVF Facebook, is from the Vice President of the Canadian Volkssport Federation

Gordon Bell 9:59am Nov 9
November is moving fast, hopefully you all have your Winter Walking Program booklets to get you out walking this winter season. Its on the site under special programs. Just print it, stamp it and when you send it to the CVF office (in April) with a $5.00 cheque you will receive your certificate.

We are Canadian a little cold and snow doesn't stop us from enjoying every season.

See you on the Path ahead.
Gord - Vice President CVF

 "Walking is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an old person wants to give up"
- John Butcher, Founder Walks21, 1999

Thursday, November 07, 2013


Cape Breton Island Hoppers are "Active Living" people, of all abilities and all ages, who enjoy walking in our neighbour hoods, exploring the many walking trails, and other communities of our Island, join us for the:

 Annual General Meeting Saturday, 9 November @3:30 pm - McConnell Library, Sydney
The Membership Chairperson Carmel Coffin will be available to collect Annual Membership fee.
We continue to hold our fees at a very reasonable cost of $15.00/year/person

The 2014 Walk Schedule will be available at the meeting and shortly thereafter it will be published on our website.
New volunteers with new ideas are needed each year to ensure the survival of our organization.
The walk committee needs you to help organize walk events, selects new trails, develop a more diverse schedule of walks; we also need you to organize the Start Points Registration area before and after the walk - Bring some new ideas to the meeting and then help implement those plans for the following years.
 We are going into our 17th year, now lets get planning for another 17 and beyond...

Note: The Canadian Volkssport Federation Winter Walking Program is in effect, please see the club president Elsie Buck for the finer details on this Active Living Program.

Support Our Veterans:

Saturday, 9 November @ 10-10:30 am, corner of Dorchester and George Streets. there is a demonstration/walk of concern in support of Canadian Veterans. The federal government is closing the local Veterans office as well as 8 others across the country! Please join the parade in support of our Veterans.
Come walk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship!
Walk for the health of It!

"Walking is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an old person wants to give up"
- John Butcher, Founder Walks21, 1999

Monday, November 04, 2013



Saturday, 9 November @3:30 pm - McConnell Library, Sydney

The Cape Breton Island Hoppers were out on the Coxheath Nature Trail Sunday, 3 November 2013.

More Photos:

Heading up the Coxheath Hills using the alternate "Start Point"