members are dedicated to a healthier life-style. We recognize that physical
activities such as walking is a simple but effective form of exercise that
enables us to discover the beauties of central Nova Scotia while increasing our
Volkssports [people walking] is what we call our activity. It is one of four 'volkssports' [sports for all people] supported and sanctioned by the Internationaler Volkssport Verband (IVV), or International Federation of Popular Sports, based in Germany, where members of the Canadian Armed Forces first encountered volksmarching. The other sports are swimming, cross-country skiing, and cycling. Our club is affiliated with the Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF), which is the national body. There are other clubs such as ours right across the country. The CVF is in turn affiliated with the IVV and joins other national clubs in countries like the USA, Australia, and Finland, to name but a few. Most of our walk events are usually of about 1 to 2.5 hours' duration and the distance covered is 5km or 10km, your choice. Our scheduled Guided Walks (GW's) and Year Round/Seasonal Events on Permanent Trails (PT's) programs take place Saturday mornings with some afternoon walks and special walking weekends.
The year-round and mid-seasonal events are also available as self - guided walks to be done whenever you have the time and/or the inclination. These PT’s, as they are known, are also found in every Canadian province, all 50 states, and many countries around the world; so you could, if you wish, incorporate them into your vacation plans. Indeed, many volksmarchers plan their vacations around walking events in areas they have not yet visited. Volkssporting is a safe and healthy walk program for everyone. One of the mottoes of the CVF is " Fun, Fitness and Friendship." That just about says it all. We walk to improve our fitness; we do it because it's fun and we meet new friends along the way. Most importantly, volksmarching is non-competitive. We recognize milestones such as the number of walks completed and distances walked, but these accomplishments are achieved at your own pace-if you don't feel like walking today, that's your choice; no one will try to coerce you. Across Canada, throughout the United States, and in more than 25 countries around the world, unique opportunities are available for safe, healthy exercise, without the stresses of speed and the strain of endurance. A distinctive hallmark of volkssports is that all participants who successfully complete the event of their choice at their own pace (with special provisions allowing the physically challenged to participate) are recognized as "winners"!
Membership and Walk Event Fees are very low and reasonable compared to other
sport events. Membership fees are $10 per person per year, application forms
are available at all walk events. A $2 fee is collected at each walk event for
the International Volkssports Awards Program and this same fee helps in the
cost of club administration.
Trail Rating Guidelines
Part 1 - Incline
1 Very Little hill or stair climbing.
2 Some moderate hill or stair climbing.