Introduction to Volkssporting

What is Volkssport?

Literally, “Volkssporting” translates as “people’s sports”. It all began 50 years ago in Europe when a need for healthy, organized, non-competitive activities, suitable for people of all ages was recognized. 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, volkssporting provides unique opportunities 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”!

Volkssporters share the belief that regular outdoor activity in congenial company can improve one’s health, fitness and quality of life. To us, and millions of others world-wide, volkssporting affords opportunities for adventures in active living, healthy recreation, fellowship and fun.  Victoria Pathfinders Walking Club is proud to be  a member of the international volkssporting community.

Victoria Pathfinders primarily hosts walking events, which are by far the most popular activity among volkssport club members in Canada. Victoria Pathfinders sponsors two types of walks: Permanent Trails, and Map Walks.

Permanent Trails.  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.