World walkers converge on City

A four-day event will feature non-competitive athletic feats.

A sea of walkers are swarming Langley this week, as part of a four-day national convention getting underway today at the Cascades Casino and the Coast Hotel & Convention centre.

Canadian Volkssport Federation members are holding their annual convention in Langley – and it’s nothing to do with science fiction or German made cars.

It’s all to do with non-competitive sports such as walking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and cycling.

CVF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, non-competitive volkssport activities for people of all ages throughout the country, and one of its member agencies – Surrey Trekkers – is hosting this year’s convention here in Langley. There is no member group in Langley.

Last year’s event was held in Banff, while the Surrey Trekkers and joined forces a few years back to host the CVF convention in Vancouver, and specifically at the University of B.C.

According to chair Rick Bortolussi, this event is bringing together 300 people to Langley from throughout North America, and from as far away as Australia and England.

While it is a CVF event, Bortolussi said there are a number of five- and 10-km walks being hosted throughout the weekend that are open to the public, for a $2 registration fee.

The convention and the walks both kicks off Thursday night. There’s a 10-km Parks of Langley walk taking participants through the Nicomekl flood plains, Portage Park, and a number of urban parks. That starts at 5 p.m. from Coast Hotel.

As well, there’s a five-km historic walk leaving at 5:30 p.m., taking participants through the flood plains and Brydon Lagoon, as well as through Portage Park and by Michaud House.

There’s also a five- and 10-km president’s walk on Saturday, leaving from Innes Corners plaza at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) and another on Sunday, starting at the same time and location.

There are also five other walks organized away from the hotel, offering tours through Brae Island, Derby Reach, Walnut Grove, Barnston Island, and the new Surrey Bend Regional Park.

Bortolussi reiterated that the public is invited to participate in any of the walks, with registration information and details available from the CVF information desk at Coast Hotel during the weekend.

 

 

Just Posted

Court tosses Port Moody’s ticket for anti-SOGI rally

A group founded by a Langley woman was fined for a rally in Port Moody in 2018.

VIDEO: Dragon’s Den star headlines Unapologetically Her show in Langley

TV celebrity, author, and renowned entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson speaks truths about powerful women.

Aldergrove Kodiaks drown Whalers 6-3

Aldergrove Junior hockey team secure in PJHL playoffs spot next month

Langley women’s group fundraises by celebrating life of Scottish poet

The Soroptimists of the Langleys are hosting a Robbie Burns Night as a fundraiser for local seniors.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

VIDEO: Langley grocer serves up breakfast to neighbouring school

Willoughby Elementary students and their families could enjoy a free breakfast on Thursday morning.

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

Manure company causing ‘toxic’ stink at Abbotsford school seeks permit

Property across from King Traditional Elementary cannot operate manure facility without permit

Vancouver city council endorses free transit for youth

Mayor Kennedy Stewart will write a support letter to TransLink

Most Read