What is Volkssport?
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.
belief and enjoy walking as members of a volkssport club. We also
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
healthy recreation, fellowship and fun. Garden City Wanderers is
proud to be a member of the international 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.
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"!
GCW primarily hosts walking
events which are by far the most popular activity among volkssport club
members in Canada. GCW sponsors two types
of walks: Permanent Trails, and Map Walks.
Formerly known as Year Round Events (YREs), Seasonals, and Round
and Long Distance Walk (RLDW). These 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.
Map Walks. Also referred to as Scheduled Events. 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.
The Volkssport Structure
|Internationaler Volkssportverband - International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV)|
is the parent body of volkssporting. They coordinate volkssport events
in over 50 countries around the globe. Events include walking, cycling,
swimming, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Go to their
website to learn about events and activities in all volkssporting
|Canadian Volkssport Federation (CVF)|
in 1986, CVF now has nearly 40 member clubs plus three provincial
organizations, and sponsors hundreds of events across the country each
year. Go to their website to learn more about Canadian volkssport programs, clubs and events in other parts of Canada.
|Volkssport Association of British Columbia (VABC)|
was formed in 1990 and is responsible for coordinating events put on by
clubs in the province of British Columbia. They also sponsor over 30
Permanent Trailss of their own. As of January 2017, VABC has 8 member
affiliate members. Go to the VABC website to learn about clubs and
walks in every part of British Columbia.
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
Very little hill or stair
Walk is almost entirely on pavement, probably suitable
for baby strollers
Some moderate hill or stair
A significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed
trails with very little more difficult terrain
Some significant hill or stair
A significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat
difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths)
A good deal of significant hill or stair climbing
A significant part of the walk
takes place on very difficult terrain
Many steep hills or high altitude
The majority of the walk takes
place on very difficult terrain
Note: Extreme weather
conditions could raise the difficulty of the routes.
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, along with your CVF passport, should be sent to
CVF Awards Coordinator
42 Billingham Crescent
Ottawa ON K2K 2T7
Marion's email address is email@example.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.
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. Full details can be found on the CVF website by clicking
of CVF Special Walking Programs
|Canada Cup of Walking|| Walk in 10 or 13 provinces and territories|
|Capital Cities|| Walk in 11 or 14 capital cities including the national capital|
|Lighthouses|| Specially designated walks which offer views of lighthouses|
|Winter Walking|| Any walk in Canada between October 15 and March 31|
|Trans Canada Trail|| Walk
20 events on a route that is part of the Trans Canada Trail, including
two that pass a Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Murals|| Walk 20 events that pass a mural|
|Community|| Walk 20 events that pass a Civic Centre, a Church, a Community Centre or a Community Services building|
|Canada Walks A-Z||Walk in 26 different places beginning with the letters A to Z|
|Bridges ||Walk 20 events that go over or under a bridge|
|150 - 30 Program|
Go for 30!
Winery, Cheesery, Brewery
|These programs have now all ended|
In addition, British
Columbia (VABC) has two special programs. One challenges you to walk
with every BC club, the other challenges you to complete every Permant Trail in British Columbia! This is a significant challenge that could take several years but in so doing
you will explore most of the corners of this beautiful province. Full details
available on the VABC website by clicking here.
are $1 per walker.
- PT discount cards may be purchased allowing 20 walks for $10.