FREE NEIGHBORHOOD POLE WALK GROUPS:
Who wants more accountability, fun, sociability, exercise, adventure, friendship…?
That’s what these groups offer!
Victoria: SATURDAY 8:00am Meet at various locations. “PoleCats” Contact Jennifer Smyth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Bay: TUESDAY 7:30am Meet at Fort/Foul Bay Starbuck’s. “Oak Bay Tweeds” Contact Jennifer Smyth: email@example.com
James Bay: MONDAY 9:30am Meet at Beacon Drive Inn, 126 Douglas Street. “Bay City Polers”
Gorge: THURSDAY 9:00am Meet at VCKC Club House parking lot 355 Gorge Rd W. “Gorge Hilliers” Contact Jennifer Smyth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saanich/Esquimalt: THURSDAY 6:30pm Meet at various locations. “Pole Rockers” Contact Valerie Millard: email@example.com
Westshore: WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY 1:00pm Meet at various locations. “Pole-R-Bears”. Contact: Jan Mosley: westshorenordicpolewalkingshaw.ca
Sidney: THURSDAY & SUNDAY (9:00am Daylight time) 9:30am autumn/winter. Meet at various locations. “North Saanich Walkers” Contact Glenice Barber: 250 656 4076 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sidney: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 9am Meet at various location. “Sidney SeaSiders” Contact Janette Leitch: email@example.com
My vision is to create a community-based legacy of health through fitness with pole walking, and to expose a huge audience to the fun, fitness and benefits of pole walking.
In my role as Nordixx Canada Master Instructor in BC and Alberta, my strategy is to certify and mentor Instructors and encourage them to take over the weekly INTRODUCTORY CLASSES, TRAINING, and WALKS in their communities. I foresee a time when Certified Instructors are the ones teaching people how to Nordic pole walk. Then I can free up my own time to travel to outlying communities and help them create a lasting community legacy of health through fitness with Nordic pole walking quickly with the 4 day start-up strategy.
My role will always be to strengthen the pole walking COMMUNITY so that every person who pole walks feels like a part of a bigger group. A great way to do this is by encouraging participation in fun events like the Victoria TC10km event the last Sunday in April, the Annual Autumn Classic & Party the first Sunday in November, and the Victoria Santa Parade, the last Saturday in November.
TWO GREAT ADVANCES
First, the proliferation of self-directed NEIGHBORHOOD POLE WALKING CLUBS. These clubs are filling a great need for focus, friendship, consistency and fun. By April 2020 I foresee over 20 club teams participating in the TC10km.
Second, the creation of a “POLE WALKING CENTER” in Victoria. By way of a federal grant, Rob Wilson, Linda Schaumleffel, and Jan Mosley have turned the Westshore Rec Center into a Nordic Pole walking center. With a dedicated trail FACILITY called the WESTSHORE WALK WAY, Rec Center staff instructors, and Nordic pole walk programs in their activity catalogue, our dream is a reality. With this resource available, every pole walker or pole walking club can use this walk facility at no cost for a change of pace or to host their own friendly event, In addition, health professionals can refer their patients to the rec center to find Nordic pole walking courses in the community, to add on to the care they have already received.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD THIS COMMUNITY LEGACY:
1) BY BECOMING A CERTIFIED NORDIXX CANADA POLE WALK INSTRUCTOR! Certification courses are held regularly in Victoria. You can confidently teach many people, or just your family.
2) BY SPEARHEADING THE FORMATION OF A NPW CLUB IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD.
Contact Linda4success@shaw.ca for info.
Maps are great! With a map in your pocket even if you get lost or miss the exact turn, you can always find your way home. With a map you can create a great walk and find your way through some very beautiful and often unknown landscape. With the map you can always find your way back to your car and a coffee shop! Enjoy.
GET SOME MAPS HERE:
Go to www.mappedometer.com Enter the route#. Click on kilometer. Click on Load Route.
To Print Map: Go to www.mappedometer.com . Click on Share Map Route. Click on Print Route. Put in route #. Click on Kilometer. Click on Get Route. Print map by clicking on print icon in your computer’s tool bar. It will print the elevation graph as well.
NOTE: if link to mappedometer.com does not work copy and paste it into your browser.
1. Gorge Hills: 425966
Park by Gorgeous Coffee shop. This route is demanding and hilly. It is like built-in interval training and GREAT for fitness training. When you have done enough time or hills just go down to the walkway by the water and return home. The Gorge Waterway is always beautiful. You may spot seals, herons, eagles, swans, salmon jumping….
2. Rockland 430652 (long route)
Rockland 430657 (short route)
Park on Thurlow by park. Even though this is in Rockland it is a reasonable easy route, walking by some gorgeous houses. There are a couple of hills. You can add on more hills or take the short way back home.
3. Marigold Hills 433366 Park at the bottom of Grange.
This is a really beautiful area of old oaks and winding lane-like roads.
4. Uplands 435847 UPLANDS
Starting at Willows Beach this is a beautiful walk into Uplands. Turn back at the yacht club, or Uplands gates or go down into Cadboro Bay to the park and washroom, or to Olio’s or Starbuck’s for a coffee. And then back home. Beautiful.
5. Cedar Hill 437990
Park on Finlayson below the rec center. We like to start to the right and walk counterclockwise. If you haven’t done this course you will be surprised at the beauty of it…right in the middle of town. Each circuit is 3.5km. Washrooms in the rec center.
6. Queenswood 438301
Park in Gyro Park by the washrooms. Go up Sinclair, down Finnerty and around the circuit. The Arbutus loop is a bonus add on. Great views from the top. Beautiful forest growth along Queenswood. Olio’s and Starbuck’s are at the end of the route!
7. Oak Bay – King George Terrace 440479
Start at the Marina on Beach Drive (public washrooms) and walk on the side walk south through the golf course overlook beautiful ocean vistas. Up and over King George Terrace, more great ocean vistas to Anacortes. Retrace your steps back over King George Terrace, more great views, and back to the Marina. There is a public coffee shop and patio on the lower level.
8. Rockland Seven Sisters Part one 455811 and Part two 455812
Start at Thurlow Road by park. This is the classic tough route that all the runners are proud to say they have done! You weave back over the same hills so that you go UP and DOWN each of the SISTERS
9. Royal Roads #1 452756
Drive down Ocean Blvd, Belmont Rd, and College Dr to get to parking. This is an unexpectedly wonderful walk. Makes you want to explore Royal Roads more!
10. Tattersall-Tolmie Hills 454610
Park at Cloverdale and Inverness. Washrooms in the park. This is my favorite walk so far! Who knew there were such beautiful quiet oak tree lanes and great houses in this area! New coffee shop on Inverness at Cloverdale.
11. Oak Bay- Sylvan-Barkley Terrace 459138
Each route gets more beautiful and this one is hard to top. Start and finish at Kate’s Café at Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Meander along the golf course, through tree lined streets, and to the top of the world!
12. Monkey Tree Pub-Mt Douglas 461304
Cross the Blenkinsop valley and up the hill to the Glendenning entrance to Mt. Douglas. The this trail skirts the mountain and is fairly level until you hit the end…this part is steep…you can turn around here and go home or you can challenge yourself to climb to the top either on Irvine trail or up the paved road. The view is worth it. Starbucks is at Quadra and Mackenzie, or stop at Monkey Tree Pub.
13. Beacon Hill to Moss Rock Park 462586
From the Top of Beacon Hill Lookout to the Top of Moss Rock Park…this is a great route for distant views and ocean vistas.
14. Esquimalt Top to Bottom 464194
This route surprised everyone! Who knew there was a 360 degree lookout just 1/2 block off the main drag! And then all the way down hill to the rugged Macaulay Point Park.
15. Iconic Victoria Tour 466330
This is a wonderful route to take visitors on to see the iconic places that make up Victoria from the breakwater, through Beacon Hill Park, past quaint architecture in James Bay, legislature, harbor, Fisherman’s wharf…… to Ogden point!!! Did you know that to go out to the end of the Breakwater and back is 1 kilometer?
16. The Wonders of Oak Bay 468691
Park in the civic lot off Hampshire and then start walking to see the natural wonders of Oak Bay…Willow’s beach, Cattle Point, Uplands Park, and then back for coffee at Olivero’s. Quite wonderful!