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Updated Walk Schedule

Updated walk schedule for Sept - Dec 2022 is available at this link

Updated Walk Schedule

Updated walk schedule for Jan-Mar 2022 is available at this link and updated schedule is available in our Facebook Page at this link

2022 PT brochure

New PT brochure for 2022, follow the link to get a copy.

Seasonal Event Update

We will be publishing our upcoming event list on the 7th of March.


National Capital Region Walk Schedule 2020

Get a copy of the 2020 NCR schedule here.

01 January 2020

PT 130 Chances R restaurant, College Sq, Woodroffe Ave


11 January 2020

PT 30 Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave


25 January 2020

PT 54 Circle K/Macs, 5511 Main St, Manotick


01 February 2020

Winterlude Weekend, PT 5, Scone Witch, 150 Elgin St, Ottawa


22 February 2020

PT 100 Greenbank, Circle K, 299 Greenbank Rd, Nepean


07 March 2020

PT 92 Crystal Beach, PetroCan, 3095 Carling Ave


21 March 2020

PT 272 Westboro, Bridgehead


Nomads News Brief

Read the news brief from the Nomads President here.


Perth Festival of Maples

Next Walk: April 26: Festival of Maples, Perth – registration and start point at Last Duel Park between 9:10 – 10:30.

Breaking News:

Oktoberfest Volksmarch in conjunction with Barrhaven Oktoberfest festival. Stay tuned for more details.

Nepean Nomads Annual General Meeting and Dinner

Dear Member(s):

Once again it’s time for our annual dinner meeting, which will be held at St Monica’s Church, 2030 Merivale Rd., Nepean, on Thursday 15 May 2014.

The format will be the same as in previous years. We will meet in the Parish Hall of the Church at 6:15 PM with dinner being served at 7:00 PM. The dinner will be catered by Franz Gierer Catering and will be served buffet style. Dress for the evening is "casual" i.e. no suits or ties required by the men. If you have special food requirements due to allergies please contact me for special arrangements.

What will it cost you? If you’re a paid up member your cost is $21 with the club subsidizing the remainder. Paid up members may bring a non-member guest for $23. We have ordered food for sixty people but we can accommodate more.

Our annual meeting will follow the dinner and in keeping with the past I promise to keep it short and to the point. The club’s activities will reflect the amount of involvement of the membership so please take an active part in the discussions. Please give some thought about where we should go on our annual bus trip.

Please circle 15 May 2014 on your calendar now. We would like to get your answer by noon 12 May and I ask that you send your reply to Angela as soon as possible and of course, with your cheque.

As usual we will have a draw for a pile of lottery tickets as well as several other donated items. For $21 where else would you be able to get a full meal and the chance to become a millionaire?

More information can be found on the attached document


John Desborough

Acting President

Winterlude Skate/Walk

Next Walk is the Winterlude Skate/Walk on Feb 01 2014 at the Dows Lake Pavilion with registration from 09:00-10:30.

Winterlude Skate/Walk

Next Walk is the Winterlude Skate/Walk on Feb 01 2014 at the Dows Lake Pavilion with registration from 09:00-10:30.

Winterlude Skate/Walk

Next Walk is the Winterlude Skate/Walk on Feb 01 2014 at the Dows Lake Pavilion with registration from 09:00-10:30.

Club Calendars

There are 9 calendars left. If you would like one please contact Gord Bell (613) 825-7180. This year unfortunately we have to pay for them so they cost $10.00

New year

All the best to you as we begin 2014.

Our walking season began with 14 hearty souls taking part in the first walk of the year on January First, despite the cold day. Our next event walk will be Winterlude on the First of February.

For many the new year brings a spate of resolutions. Hopefully one of yours for 2014 is to walk more. Walking may also help you improve your heart health and that other perennial resolution to drop a few pounds.

Although all of the statistics are not complete it looks like our event walk numbers were stable, but the participation in YRE’s over the year will be down.

Because of that drop we have closed several walks and made changes to several others, shortening the time of some and eliminating others. Changes have occurred to Richmond, Kanata, Stittsville and Hazeldean. Please check before heading out. At present the South Keys walk is temporarily closed. This is due to safety concern in the area. Hopefully the situation will change and it will re-open soon.

Although there are plenty of volunteers for the desk the number of volunteers to set up trails is small. The position of Trail Master ought to be that of a co-ordinator. The club sponsors some 20 event walks and has 10 YRE’s, some of which require 4 trails a year (5 and 10, winter and summer). This is too many trails for one person to be responsible for. At present we will be ‘recycling’ trails unless a few more people come forward to assist.

There is lots of help available if someone wants to try their hand at setting a trail.

Also please check the National Capital Walking Schedule for group walks.

All the best for 2014 and I hope to see you on the trails soon.


Exchange Pub closed

For walk information contact:

Gord Bell

613-825-7180 or

Fall news

As the number of Nomads event walk winds down I would like to say a very big thank you to all of the volunteers who have made the walking schedule so successful. We have just a few events left on our calendar of events and I hope you will be able to join us on them.

Also now that September has arrived the Tuesday morning walks have resumed. The schedule for both the event and YRE walks are elsewhere on the website.

Planning is well underway for the 2014 walking schedule. To assist with the walks we are looking for a few more people who would like to step forward to do trail planning. We are hoping to have a session on trail planning and planning tools and their use. If you've ever walked a trail and thought 'I'd like to do this,' here is your chance. Please send me a message and we'll begin setting a date.

Also I'd like to take a few lines to mention some of the special programs run by the CVF. In about a month we will be resuming the Winter Walking Program. The program begins mid-October and runs until the end of March. All CVF walks, except the RLDW, done between those dates can be recorded. From personal experience this has been the incentive I have needed to get out and walk during the winter.

Two other new programs are also in effect. The first is the TransCanada Trail. You may have noticed that many of the 2013 trails were part of this program. Another program on Murals began on July 1st. Any walk sanctioned by the IVV can be counted in this program. Ottawa has many murals, not just those in Vanier. Both of these programs will continue into 2017. Another new program on Community will begin in January. For more information and how to register for these and the other specials programs visit the CVF website at

National Capital Walkfest

More Information is available in the brocure.

GW – New Years Wake Up

Tuesday 1 January, New Balance Store, College Square, Registration 0900 - 0930

MW, SKA – Winterlude Skate and Walk

Saturday 2 February, Dows Lake Pavilion, Registration 0900 – 1030

MW – Luck of the Irish

Sunday 17 March, Grace O’Malley’s, 1541 Merivale Rd, Registration 0900 – 1030


MW – 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Walk & Lunch

Saturday 3 November, Maki House, Registration 10:00

EGW – Hunters Moon Walk

Monday 29 October, Royal Canadian Legion, Kent St, Registration 18:00

MW – Soft Shoe Shuffle

Saturday 20 October, Royal Canadian Legion, Bells Corners, Registration 9:00 – 10:30. (Bob will be doing a BBQ, (sausage on a bun) that morning)

VM – Autumn Leaves Breakfast Volksmarche

Saturday 13 October, St Monica’s Church Hall, Registration 9:00 – 13:00

MW – Merrickville Artists Tour

Saturday 6 October, Community Health Centre, Registration 9:00 – 10:30

Annual Bus Trip

Friday 28 September to Sunday 30 September.

MW – Stittsville Stumble

Sunday 9 September, Old Stittsville Arena, Warner Colpitts Lane, Registration 9:00 – 10:30

EMW – Britania Breeze

Wednesday 29 August, Busters, Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, Registration 18:00 – 19:00

MW – Almonte Adventure ( CVF - 25th Anniversary Walk )

Saturday 18 August, Royal Canadian Legion Almonte, Registration 9:00 – 10:30

EMW – Longfield’s Loppett

Wednesday 15 August, Johnny Canucks, Woodroffe Ave, Registration 18:00 – 19:00

MW – Mario’s March

Sunday 29 July, East Side Mario’s, Bells Corners, Registration 9:00 – 10:00

Annual Golf Tournament

Friday July 20 at 12:30. Call Bob Hubbard to Register, 613-692-1251 after 01 July.

MW – Les Bateaux et Chemins

Sunday 22 July, Aylmer Marina, Alymer QC, Registration 9:00 – 10:00

EMW – Merivale Meander

Wednesday 18 July, Boston Pizza, Hunt Club & Merivale. Registration 18:00 – 19:00

MW – Presidents Pace & BBQ

Saturday 14 July, Maki Park, Nepean, Registration 9:00 – 10:30

MW – Sensplex Stroll

Saturday 07 July, Sensplex, 1585 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata, Registration 9:00 – 10:30

EMW – Experimental Farm Explore

Wed 4 July, Lone Star, Baseline & Fisher Registration from 18:00 – 19:00

EMW – Canada Day Eve

Fri 30 June, Heart and Crown, 385 Preston Street Registration from 18:00 – 19:00


Winterlude Walk and Skate

Remember to come join us at the Dow's Lake Pavillion 04 Feb 2012. Start Time for this map walk or skate is 09:00 - 10:30.

Club Walk and YRE Brochure

The 2012 club walking Brochure and YRE Brochure are now available on the web site in PDF download from the Events – Walks page

NCR Walking Schedule

The 2012 NCR walking schedule is available as a PDF download from the Events – Walks page


Thank you to all the volunteers who spent their time running checkpoints, Registration and pre-walking all the trails. Without your help the walks would not be as successful.

The Volunteer book for next year (2012) will be available at our first walk in the new year, 02 January at the New Balance Store @ 09:00.

Gord Bell


Bowling Night

Who would be interested in having a club bowling evening in November? Please let me know ( by the October 21 2011, with suggested dates so we can see if there is the interest and a consensus to a day.

Fall Walking Seminar

18 Oct @ 19:00 – 20:30

Location – Sport4 Kanata Centrum Plaza (near the Chapters store)

This session will include walking in the cold, discussion on shoes and new technology and a few other subjects. Please register on the new balance site (link -

Stittsville Stumble

11 Sept 2011 – stumbling around Stittsville.

Start Point: Goulborn Community Centre

Registration: 09:00 – 10:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Boats and Paths

17 Sept 2011. a walk through the town of Aylmer

Start Point: Aylmer Marina

Registration: 09:00 – 10:30.

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Club Constitution

The revised Constitution will be emailed for ratification Aug 7. Votes will be due back to the President No Later Than August 31, 2001. More to follow.

Bus Trip

Northern Swing II is set for 23-25 Sept 2011

Details to follow as Bob is still working on the details. If you have questions please contact him at 613 692-1251


For those who have ordered a 2011 calendar please arrange with Gord to pick them up. There are a few extra, but if there is demand for more we can get some printed.

Presidents Pace

06 Aug 2011. A Walk around the Britannia Beach area.

Start Point: Trolley Stand Britannia Beach

Registration: 09:00 – 10:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Barrhaven Bramble

10 Aug 2011. An evening stroll in Barrhaven.

Start Point: Johnny Canucks Woodroffe Ave

Registration: 18:00 – 19:30.

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Merivale Meander

27 Jul 2011. An evening walk around the Merivale area.

Start Point: Grace O’Malley’s, 1541 Merivale Road, Nepean

Registration: 18:00 – 19:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

National Capital Walkfest

30 Jul – 01 Aug. Walk the downtown area and explore parts you may not have seen!

Start Point: Jack Purcell Centre, 1 Jack Purcell Ln( Elgin & Lewis St), Ottawa

Registration: 08:00 – 13:00 each day.

Walks: 5, 10, 11, 21 km trails

Mario’s March

09 July 2011. Exploring Bells Corner

Start Point: East Side Mario’s, 1 Stafford Rd. Bells Corners

Registration: 09:00 – 10:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Experimental Farm Saunter

13 Jul 2011. An evening walk through the cities farm.

Start Point: Lone Star, Fisher & Baseline Rd

Registration: 18:00 – 19:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Club Golf Tournament

08 July 2011 at Richmond Centennial Golf Club

Be there for 12:00, tee off is 12:30. The cost is $22.00/person. BBQ afterwards location TBD. This is a fun event and last year we had 25 golfers. More to follow in the eNews and bulletins. To register email Bob at

Canada Day Eve Walk

30 June 2011. A nice evening walk starting from the Prescott Hotel in Little Italy

Start Point: Heart & Crown 353B Preston St, Ottawa

Registration: 18:00 – 19:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Broadways Brunch

07 Jul 2011. Exploring Kanata and enjoying brunch afterwards

Start Point: Broadways, 64 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata

Registration: 09:00 – 10:30

Walks: 5 & 10 km

Renfrew Revisited

June 11, 2011. Returning to Renfrew for a nice walk through the town.

Cookhouse Stroll

June 15, 2011. Walking around South Keys area. Registration 18:00 – 19:30, Montana’s Cookhouse, South Keys Plaza.

Whispering Winds

June 1, 2011. This evening Map walk will be from Whispers at 249 Richmond Rd @ 18:00.

Spring Walking Seminar

On April 28th at 19:00 hrs in the Sports 4 location in Centrum Plaza, Kanata, Registration will be done from the New Balance website ( – Events Page). The list of topics is shown on the event notice

Annual Memberships 2011

For those who have renewed thank you. Just announced is a new benefit for being a member of the Nomads! Our sponsor New Balance has just announced not a 10% discount but a 15% discount on all regular priced merchandise in all three stores. To receive this discount you have to present the store Partner Card. Gord just received this news at the Algonquin Trails walk and has a bunch of cards to give to paid up members. So once your membership fee is submitted a card will be made up then you can arrange with Gord for pickup.

Festival of Maples Walk

30 Apr 2011 - MW- Starts at the 09:00-10:30 from Code’s Mill Read & Main St. Perth. Contact Gord Bell for info.

Algonquin Trails Walk

09 Apr 2011 – GW – Starts at the 09:00 from the New Balance store, College Square 1371 Woodroffe Ave Start time 09:00. Contact Gord Bell for info

Sportsplex YRE (#30) closed March 17/18

The year round event starting at the Nepean Sportsplex (#130) will be Closed March 17/18 For St Patricks's Day.

St Patrick's Day Walk and Dinner

The Nepean Nomads invite you to a walk and to raise a glass and celebrate St. Patrick's day in Barrhaven.

When: March 17, 2011

Start point: Johnny Canucks, 3050 Woodruffe Avenue

Start times: 10km walkers start at 4:00pm, 5km walkers start at 5:00pm.

Dinner is at 6:00pm (ish). We have reserved 20 seats but more can be added. For more information contact Gord at

Bowling Night

01 Mar 2011 @ 7pm (changed from 24 Feb due to no lanes available)

Merivale Bowling Lanes, 1916 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1E8.

Cost: $14.95 (covers – shoes and 2 games)

I have booked three lanes for this event, if you would like to attend – email me ( we can add more lanes

Winterlude Volksskate and Walk

February 5, 2011 Dowslake pavillion

The next walk is the winterlude Volksskate and walk, February 5. Starting at the Dowslake Pavillion. Volunteers are needed so let Gord know. Registration is 09:30-10:00 in the Second level of the Dows Lake Pavillion. Also watch for the pre-winterlude bowling nights, coming up soon.


Soft Shoe Shuffle Walk

Bell Corner Legion Hall, 4026 Richmond Road. This is the last walk of the year (less the Volunteer Walk) that the club will be holding; the remainder are YRE’s through to the Winterlude Walk next year. So come out and enjoy a stroll through the woods. Then afterwards enjoy a BBQ Sausage cooked for you to perfection by Bob and Marv.

Volunteer Walk

6 Nov – this walk is for all people who have volunteered throughout the year to make our events a success. There will be a walk and then a lunch at the Old School house in Barrhaven.

OIWF is still looking for volunteers

OIWF – is still looking for volunteers for the weekend of the 23/24 Oct at the Ron Kolbus Centre. If interested go to the following site and register here. They are having their Volunteers walk on Sunday 17 October.

Autumn Leaves Walk

October 9, 2010 join us for the Autumn Leaves Walk. Starting at St. Monica's Church. Join us afterwords as Bob and Marv cook up a delicious breakfast.

Walking Seminar

As that dreaded WINTER approaches in conjunction with New Balance we are having a walking seminar to discuss appropriate cloths for the cold weather and the importance of walking shoes. Please register - it will be under Community/Events 2nd event) or at the link on the poster or at the New Balance store in College Square or Sports 4 in Kanata.

The event is taking place at the Nepean College Square location at 7:00pm on the 29th Sept.

We would like to get about 20 people to the seminar and it has been made open to other walkers so book early. Look forward to seeing you all there.

2011 CVF AGM Location Announced

On August 22, 2010, the Board of Directors approved the Vancouver `Venturers Volkssport Club’s offer to host the CVF Annual General Meeting and a Mini-Convention in Whistler, BC, on May 27-29, 2011.

Verni Brown is the Chairperson for the 2011 Mini-Convention and her email address is

More details and website info to follow shortly. In the meantime, please consult the CVF Website ( under “Latest News” Section.

Bus Trip - Scenic Albany New York

September 24-26, 2010

Well walkers I am sure you have been patiently waiting for this news!!! I realize it has taken a bit of time but as you know, I always like to look around and get the “best pricing” and the “nicest area” for you to get your sun burn in. I have been in touch with the club in Albany and they have recommended the walks which I have put in to the programme and apparently they are beautiful. Also, the prices believe it or not, are better than last year. So cost wise, this is what your trip is going to look like.

SINGLE - 1 per - $180.00

DOUBLE - 2 per room - $124.00 each == TOTAL $248.00

TRIPLE - 3 per room - $104.00 each == TOTAL $312.00

QUAD - 4 per room - $93.00 each == TOTAL $372.00

These prices are all inclusive for 2 nights in the hotel, additional cost for the bus after the donation by our club, tip for our driver and those extra goodies purchased by B.B.

Please take note: I can only hold these rooms until 20 august therefore, I must have your cheques no later than 13 august which will give me time to make up the room list and forward it along with payment for the required rooms to the hotel. (the sooner the better) Please make your cheque payable to “nepean nomads walking club” and forward it to:




K2J 5L6

National Capital Walk Fest

July 31-August 2

Three days of excellent walks in the National Capital. Starting from the Jack Purcell Community Center.

Map Walk June 30, 2010

Starting at the Royal Oak Pub 161 Laurier Ave E. Registration from 6pm-7pm.

Mini Putt

Please come and join us at the Putting Edge ( black-light mini-golf range for an evening of fun. NO expertise in golf or putting is required, and even if you have a good putting game this event will bring you back to par with the rest of us. This is an 18 hole event over an interesting set of obstacles under black light. (Note: wearing white is going to make you stand out under the black light, so beware!)

We have booked the course for 20 people.

Cost: $7.50 plus tax, however if you end up with less than 15 people you will each be charged $9.89 plus tax.

Date and Time: June 24th 2010 @ 7:00pm.

After showing off our putting skills we will head over to the 19th hole (Kelsey’s across the parking lot) to expound and regale each other with stories of great putts!

The Putting Edge is located across for Costco on Merivale Avenue at 5 Roydon Place, Unit 1 Nepean, ON, K2E 1A3

Please email or call Gord/Mich to book your spot by 22 June 2010. (613) 825-7180

20th Anniversary Volksmarch - Thank you

WOW what a weekend! The club celebrated its anniversary in great style and with lots of friends old and new. First I would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL the people that helped in putting together these events and to those who worked the walk on Saturday. It takes a lot of work and coordination to pull these events off and as usual the Nomads did and it was a success. I did not hear any complaints from walkers, but I am sure other members working the event may have, so we will take those criticism in stride.

The weekend started with a lovely meet and greet where we had the rare opportunity to have all the club presidents in the same room! Also we had a brand new walker there, as well as a young one returning to walking. There were lost friends and great conversations as we looked at the pictures of the past 20 years.

On Saturday the weather was a lot cooler than the original walk, but for the most part the rain held off and we had a good turnout. On top of that we were honoured to have Mary Pitt there, not only a former member of the Nepean City councillors but also a former member of the club. Rick Chiarelli’s words were true to what our club represents and we appreciate them taking their time to help us celebrate.

The walk was a success from two aspects we have about 90 walkers out, and on top of that we got 11 new members signed up! So I take my hat off to the following people who worked hard to make this 20th Anniversary a huge success:

  • From the Executive – Bruce Hillier & Ron Gardner for ensuring all things went off well!
  • From the Organizing Committee – Marv Hinton – ‘head honcho’
  • Pre-Walk 5km – Bruce & Marian Hillier
  • Pre-Walk 11km – Lorna & Bob Giles
  • Trail Marker Set-up 5km – Ron Conboy, Anne & Randy Pearse
  • Trail Marker Set-up 11km – Dave Rupar & Jane Estabrooks(maybe)
  • Trail Marker Takedown 5km – Ron & Chris Gardner & Angela & Bob
  • Trail Marker Takedown 11km – Ron Conboy
  • Registration Desk 0830-1000 – Lynda O’Dwyer
  • Registration Desk 0830-1000 – Chris Gardner
  • Registration Desk 1000-1200 – Barb Holm
  • Registration Desk 1000-1200 – Gwen McLaughlin
  • Pre-Registration Desk 0830-1030 – Bruce Hillier
  • Pre-Registration Desk 1030-Finish – Angela Stever
  • Checkpoint # 1 for 5 & 11km Route – Jane Hare
  • Checkpoint # 1 for 5 & 11km Route – Sally Hare
  • Checkpoint # 2 for 11km Route – Kirsten Andreassen
  • Checkpoint # 2 for 11km Route – Arthur Andreassen
  • BBQ Chief Cook & Bottle Washer – Bob Hubbard
  • Sponsor – New Balance/ Sports 4
  • Story Board of the Pictures - Linda O’Dwyer
  • Photographs – Graham Fawcett

Without you guys doing all this work, the walk would not have been a success, so thank you one and all.

Now for some good news, we were lucky enough to have three prizes for the day which were picked from the red tickets you received at registration. The lucky winners were:

  • New Balance backpack – Lorna Giles
  • New Balance backpack – Lorne Hemphill
  • Hydration Bag – Heather Briggs

These can be picked up from Gord Bell, phone(613) 825-7180

Pictures from the events have been posted on the CVF Web site:Here