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Canadian Volkssport Federation

"Fun, Fitness and Friendship"
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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 50 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 $5 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 certificate and recognition in Volkssport Canada. Pins and patches will be available on request as long as supplies last. 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 six programs, download and  print  an application 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 application 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 application 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. Click here for more information about the capital cities and the walks.

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 application form. There are limited sizes of the T-shirt available. Please contact the office before ordering.

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 application 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 only.  Click here for the list of Lighthouse events. 

Dates: Open and ongoing.

Walk 100
walk 100

Location: Worldwidenew

Cost: $5   Click here for application form.

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

Special Characteristics:  NO special stamp. Walk 100 Volkssport events (any type, anywhere in the world) between January 1 and December 31, 2020. The same event may be completed and stamped multiple times.

Dates:  January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Festivals
Festivals

Location: Worldwidenew

Cost: $5  Click here for application form.

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

Special Characteristics:  NO special stamp. Any festival of 2 days or longer duration, holding IVV sanctioned events, anywhere in the world, qualifies.  For each festival, at  least 3 Volkssport events must be recorded, and a photograph taken at the festival included.

Fifteen festivals are needed to complete the Program, but the same festival can be used in different years.

 Dates:  January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2029

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For the following four programs, download the program stamp sheet and then submit the sheet plus appropriate fee after completing the program.




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

Walk in the Footsteps of Famous Canadians
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Location:
Nationalnew

 Cost: Free   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 CVF sanctioned event that goes by or through a famous Canadians birthplace, home, grave, statue, memorial, museum, commemorative structure or park. (Street names do not qualify.)

Famous Canadians may include persons of historical significance internationally, nationally or locally.  They may include, but are not restricted to artists, writers, explorers, architects, inventors, scientists, political and sports figures.

An event stamp may be repeated on different dates, but each famous Canadian may be used only once.  ie 24 different famous Canadians must be named to complete the program.  Click here for a preliminary list of eligible events. 

 Dates:  January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2024

Boardwalks
boardwalks

 Location: Worldwidenew

 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 IVV sanctioned event with a minimum of 50 meters of boardwalk (wood, composite or metal). Traditional events, as well as Permanent Trail & Round & Long Distance events qualify.  Can be used twice in one year.  Twenty-four walks needed to complete the Program.

 Dates:  January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2024

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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

          Description and full details here                Registration form here              Record Sheet here     


              


 

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