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What is Volkssport?

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Trail Ratings                           Achievement Awards                        Volkssport Canada                        Walking Programs


Introduction to Volkssporting

If you are among the growing majority who believe that regular outdoor activity in congenial company can improve one's health, fitness and quality of life, then volkssporting is for you. 

Volkssporters share your belief and enjoy walking as members of a volkssport club. We also believe that the physical activity and social contact available through volkssporting is a significant beneficial part of our lives. To us, and millions of others world-wide, volkssporting affords opportunities for adventure in active living, healthy recreation, fellowship and fun.  The Canadian Volkssport Federation is proud to be  a member of the international volkssporting community.

Literally, "Volkssporting" translates as "people’s sports". It all began over 30 years ago in Europe where a need was recognized for healthy, organized, non-competitive activities, suitable for people of all ages. Efforts in several communities resulted in the development of local "volkssport" clubs, which sponsored events for walking, cycling, swimming and cross country skiing. The movement grew rapidly.

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Now, across Canada, throughout the United States, and in more than 40 countries around the world, unique opportunities are available for safe, healthy exercise without the stress of speed and strain of endurance. A hallmark of volkssporting is that all participants who successfully complete the event of their choice at their own pace, are recognized as "winners"!

CVF clubs primarily host walking events which are by far the most popular activity among volkssport club members in Canada. They sponsor two types of walks: Permanent Trails and Scheduled Events.

Permanent Trails.  These walks used to be known as Year Round Events (YREs) or Seasonal Walks in North America. They are permanent routes which are walked as a group several times per year. In addition, you can enjoy these walks on your own anytime throughout the year or the designated season.

Scheduled Events (also known as Map Walks, Guided Walks or Volkssmarches)  are held once during the year on a specified date. For a Map Walk participants are given maps and directions so they can walk at their own pace. On a Guided Walk there is a leader who guides participants around a route. 


Trail Ratings

All of our walks are rated with a number (which indicates the amount of hill climbing) followed by a letter (which indicates the smoothness or roughness of the trail). This is to help walkers gauge the degree of difficulty of the walk. Here is a summary of the ratings.

PART 1  -  INCLINE PART 2  -  TERRAIN
1 Very little hill or stair climbing A Walk is almost entirely on pavement, probably suitable for baby strollers
2 Some moderate hill or stair climbing B A significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little more difficult terrain
3 Some significant hill or stair climbing C A significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths)
4 A good deal of significant hill or stair climbing D A significant part of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain
5 Many steep hills or high altitude trails E The majority of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain

Note:  Extreme weather conditions could raise the difficulty of the routes.


Achievement Awards

ivv patchA unique feature of volkssporting is the optional achievement award programs. This personal achievement program allows you to record the distance and number of events that you participate in. You may purchase 
Event books and Distance books in which to record your volkssporting accomplishments.  These are available from all clubs at their regular events at a cost of $7 each.  The cost of these books includes the awards for which you are eligible at the completion of each book. 
To receive recognition in Volkssport Canada and to receive your awards, completed books should be sent to 
            Marion Boom 
            CVF Awards Coordinator
            42 Billingham Crescent
            Ottawa  ON   K2K 2T7

Marion's email address is walking4fun2@gmail.com

 

Every time you send Marion a completed book, you will receive a pin, patch, and certificate to recognize your achievement. The first time you send a completed book, you will receive a Canadian Volkssport Federation “Passport,” in which your achievement will be recorded.  This passport should be included for updating each time you send Marion a book.

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Walking Programs

CVF has a number of Special Walking Programs which encourage you to explore some of the scenic wonders of Canada. Participants receive special pins and certificates to recognize their achievements.  

Note: the mailing address of the CVF office has changed.  If you are using a form with the old address, please  remember to mail it to the new address:

Suite 604 - 251 Bank Street, Ottawa ON K2P 1X3

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For the following four programs, download and  print  a registration form  and submit it with the appropriate fee to the CVF Office before beginning the program.

Canada Walks A-Z  a to z Location: National

Cost: $10.  Click here for registration form

Awards and Recognition: Certificate and mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion. IVV credit and awards

Special Characteristics: NO special stamp required. One walk of any kind in 26 places    A - Z  e.g. walk in Annapolis Royal for A; Quebec City for Q. A distinct community within a larger city/regional district would count. The letters X and Z would be a 'wild card' meaning any walk can be used if it has not already been used for the program. Any place with an 'x' in it would count. No stamp can be used twice. Click here for a list of qualifying permanent trails.

Dates: Opening January 1, 2015 and ongoing
   Capital Cities       capitals

Location: National

Cost: $10. Click here for registration form  

Awards and Recognition: Special registration card and patch upon registration; certificate, pin and mention in Volkssport Canada  upon completion. IVV credit and awards

Special Characteristics: Specially designated walks in each of the national, provincial and territorial capitals only. Click here for the list of Capital Cities events.

Two levels of achievement - 11 or 14 capitals each including national capital.

Dates: Open and ongoing; walks back to 2000 may be counted
 Canada Cup of Walking       walk canada

Location: National

Cost: $10 for certificate; $25 for certificate and t-shirt. T-shirt available separately for $15 plus shipping.   Click here  for registration form. 

Awards and Recognition: Certificate, mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion, IVV credit and awards. Two levels of achievement: 10 or 13 provinces and territories.

Special Characteristics: One walk of any kind in each of the provinces and territories

Dates: Open and ongoing. Walks back to 2000 may be counted

   Lighthouses     lighthouse

Location: Regional, national (in some areas, local participation alone may be sufficient for first level of achievement)

Cost: $10 for special registration card. Click here for registration form.

Awards and Recognition: Special registration card and pin upon registration; certificate and mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion. IVV credit and awards. Three levels of achievement possible. 

Special Characteristics: Specially designated walks and stamps onlyClick here for the list of Lighthouse events. 

Dates: Open and ongoing.

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For the following five programs, download the program stamp sheet and then submit the sheet plus $5 after completing the program.

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150 - 30 Program



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To celebrate Canada's 150th  and CVF's 30th anniversaries

Location: Canada

Cost: $5    Click here to download and print your own stamp sheet

Awards and Recognition: Certificate, (different certificate for completing both challenges); Mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion.  IVV credit and awards

Special Characteristics: NO special stamp. ANY CVF sanctioned event.  A stamp can be used more than once, if necessary, for each part of the program.

Walk 150 km and / or complete 30 events during the year.

Dates: January 1, 2017, ending December 31, 2017

GO FOR 30!! ... (or more)go for 30

In celebration of CVF’s 30th anniversary

A Volkssport challenge with a Canadian theme

Participation: Individual or Clubs

Challenge: to accumulate points, up to 30 or more, for participating in the activities listed on the Challenge Sheets

Award and Recognition: A Certificate upon completion and mention in    Volkssport Canada

Cost: $5 for Certificate  Click here for a Club form. Click here for an individual form

Dates: January 1 – December 31, 2017




Bridges

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Location: National

Cost: $5.    Click here to download and print own stamp card

Awards and Recognition: Certificate - Two levels of Achievement. Mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion.  IVV credit and awards

Special Characteristics: NO special stamp. ANY Canadian CVF sanctioned event route that goes over or under a bridge.

Gold Level - Six (6) in each of the following three categories - River (any body of water); Road/trail; Railway Line (active or inactive).  Platinum Level - the above, plus two (2) Covered Bridges. Permanent Trails, Seasonals and Round and Long Distance events qualify and can be used once in each half of the year.

If a walk covers more than one category, it must be completed once for each 
category stamped.

Dates: January 1, 2016, ending December 31, 2020

Winter Walking snowman 

 Location: Local, regional, national

               Cost: $5.  Click here to download and print own stamp card to record distances walked. 

               Awards and Recognition: Certificate, IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport  Canada upon completion. Multiple levels of achievement possible:

            100 – 199 km         Pierre-Espirit Radisson

            200 – 299 km         James Knight

            300 – 399 km         La Vérendrye

            400 – 499 km         Alexander MacKenzie

            500 – 599 km         Vilhjalmur Stefansson

            600 – 999 km         David Thompson

            1000 – 1499 km     Richard Weber

            1500+ km              Canadian Yeti

 Special Characteristics:  NO special stamp. Any event sanctioned by CVF

 Dates: Annual program from October 15 each year to March 31 of following year

Trans Canada Trailtct  Location: National

 Cost: $5. Click here to download and print own stamp card

 Awards and Recognition: Certificate, IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport Canada upon completion.

Special Characteristics: No special stamp. ANY kind of event (walking, cycling, snowshoeing, skiing) that goes on a route that is designated or signed as part of the Trans Canada Trail.  Traditional events, as well as Permanent Trail & Round & Long Distance events qualify.  Can be used once in first half of year & once in the second half of year.  Twenty walks needed to complete Program including two that go past Trans Canada Trail Pavilion. 

 Dates:  January 1, 2013 ending December 31, 2017
Murals mural 

 Location: World Wide

 Cost: $5. Click here to download and print own stamp card.

 Awards and Recognition: Certificate, IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport Canada

 Special Characteristics: No special stamp. Any IVV sanctioned event that passes a mural. Twenty events needed to complete program.

 Dates: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.  
Community Programcivic centre

 Location: World Wide

 Cost: $5. Click here to download and print own stamp card.

 Awards and Recognition: Certificate, IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport  Canada.

 Special Characteristics: No special stamp. Any IVV sanctioned event that goes past

  • Civic Centre
  • Church
  • Community Centre
  • Community Services Building
 5 in each category. Twenty events needed to complete program.

 Dates:   January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018
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Dock and Walk Events
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These Events are routes which go past a cruise ship terminal. Click here for the list of Dock and Walk events.

For information about the routes, please communicate with the contact shown.

And, last but not least, a free program for people who want to exercise by walking and thus accumulate kilometers as well as credit and awards on their own time, place and pace.

Personal Walking Challenge

Find a description and full details here                  Download a Registration form here



 

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