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What is Volkssport?

Introduction to Volkssporting

photoIf 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 Volkssport Association of British Columbia 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 50 countries around the world, unique opportunities are available for safe, healthy exercise without the stresses of speed and strain of endurance. A hallmark of volkssports is that all participants who successfully complete the event of their choice at their own pace, are recognized as "winners"!

There are no swimming or cross-country skiing events currently scheduled in BC. VABC 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. Permanent Trails (PTs) (formerly known as Year Round Events and Seasonals, Bike Events and Round and Long Distance Walk) are self-guided walks/rides that are in place over a fixed period of time at a specific location. PTs are listed under the tab 'Permanent Trails' above. You are welcome to do these walks on your own at any time. In addition, group walks of Permanent Trails occur throughout the year - for more information on dates and times check with the walk contact or on the Club's website.   

Scheduled Events. Also referred to as Map Walks.  We meet at a specified place and start time. Maps and directions are supplied for each participant. The group will start off together and then spread out as participants walk at their own pace. Scheduled Events are listed under the tab 'Calendar of Events' above. 

Trail Ratings

All of our walks are rated with a number (which indicates the amount of hill climbing) followed by a number (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

A 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.

Walking Programs

CVF and VABC have 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. Full details of the CVF programs, including downloadable stamp sheets, can be found on the CVF website by clicking here.

Summary of BC Special Walking Programs 

 

 Walk BC

Location: Wherever a BC club organizes a walk.

Cost: Free to join challenge; $4 for a patch or pin.

Awards and Recognition: Certificate to everyone who walks with every club. Patches and pins are optional extras.

Special Characteristics: A great way to meet walkers in other clubs. Contact vabc@volkssportingbc to obtain a challenge book.

Dates: Open and ongoing.

 Walk BC YRE/Seasonal Challenge

Location: From Sooke to Mount Robson to Whistler and many points in between.

Cost: Free to join challenge; $4 for a patch or pin

Awards and Recognition: Three levels - bronze, silver, gold. Certificate for completing all PTs and seasonals in one, two, or all three regions of BC

Special Characteristics: A wonderful way to explore BC. Ask your club president or contact vabc@volkssportingbc.ca for a challenge book.

Dates: Open and ongoing.

Summary of CVF Special Walking Programs 


Winter Walking   winter

Location: Local, regional, national    

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

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

Special Characteristics:  Any walk type sanctioned by CVF

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

150-30 Program  new
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in celebration of Canada’s 150th and CVF’s 30th Anniversaries
Location: Canada

 Cost: IVV Credit;  $5.00 – certificate only

 Participant to download and print their 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 proram..  

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

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


GO FOR 30!! ... (or more)
gofor30

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   

Dates: January 1 – December 31, 2017
Capital Cities  capital

Location: National

Cost: $10 for special registration card  

Awards and Recognition: Patch, certificate, pin, IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport Canada

Special Characteristics: Specially designed walks in each of the national, provincial and territorial capitals. Two levels of achievement - 11 or 14 capitals.

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

Location: National

Cost: $10 for certificate; $25 for certificate and t-shirt

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

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

Dates: Open and ongoing. Walks done previously may be counted

Canada Walks A-Z a2zLocation: National

Cost: $10 for special registration card

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. 

Dates: Opening January 1, 2015 and ongoing
Trans Canada Trailtct   

Location: National

Cost: $5. Participant 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 kind of event (walking, cycling, snowshoeing, skiing) that goes on a route that is designated or signed, as part of Trans Canada Trail. Traditional Events, as well as PTs, Seasonals & Round & Long Distance events qualify.  Can be used in 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

 Lighthouses  lighthouse

Location: Regional, national

Cost: $10 for special registration card

Awards and Recognition: Pin and certificate. Three levels of achievement possible. IVV credit and awards, mention in Volkssport Canada.

Special Characteristics: Specially designated walks and stamps only. 

Dates: Open and ongoing.
Murals   mural 

Location: World Wide

Cost: $5. Participant 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 Programcommunity

Location: World Wide

Cost: $5. Participant 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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Bridges ProgrambridgeLocation: National
 
 Cost: $5.00 – IVV credit, certificate only. Participant to
download & print own      stamp card from CVF website.

 Awards & Recognition: Certificate IVV credit & Awards.
Mention in      Volkssport  Canada.

 Special characteristics: No special stamp. ANY CVF event,
of any kind, that  goes  over or under a bridge. Gold Level – Six 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 Covered Bridges. Permanent Trails,  Seasonals  and Round and Long Distance events qualify and can be used once in  each half of the year.

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




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