Walking and Volkssport Association of Ontario

"Healthy Exercise for a Healthier Ontario"

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What is the WVAO?

Our mission is to promote walking for good health and physical condition to all Ontarians, especially seniors, youth and new Canadians. We will achieve this goal through increased pubic awareness, networking, flexible programs and the organization of high-quality walks throughout Ontario. Our walks are organized by seven clubs and a provincial Director in numerous communities acress Ontario. All are welcome. According to the season, we also organize skating, snowshoe, cycle, and cross-country skiing events each year.


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     We are a not-for-profit organization registered in the Province of Ontario. We depend completely upon our volunteers, and belong to the Canadian Volkssport Federation, which organizes hundreds of walking events across Canada every year. There are more than 40 such member countries around the world. We do our best to share the pleasure of walking for fitness in many interesting locations across this province. We explore both urban and rural environments, and try to make the best possible use of city and country trails alike.


     We organize safe walking events in dozens of communities across the province. Our events are designed to respond to the needs of all: single-day events, ongoing walks, walks over several days, and a program of independent walking. The distances for our walks vary from 5 to 200 km, but the majority are for 5 km (1 hour) and 10 km (2 hours). Shorter distances are possible through our Independent Walking Program. All are welcome. Our goal is 'fun, fitness and friendship', and we encourage and recognize participation and achievement through a system of awards.


     In 2019, we will organize approximately 50 single-day walks and 53 Permanent Trails in communities where one can register at one's convenience almost every day of the year. We offer various means to encourage Ontarians to walk whenwever and wherever they may be found.


What are the advantages of belonging to a club?

     Belonging to a club offer several advantages: peer encouragement, social contact, newsletters, emails, information sharing, awards recognition, trips, etc. If there is no club near you, you can always register yourself through our ‘Personal Walking Challenge - Record Sheet’


Do you have other questions?

     Consult our FAQ for other possible answers.

Autumn Scenes in Ontario

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Fall colours
Fall colours
Woodland pathway
Woodland pathway
Flowers by the trail
Flowers by the trail
The Rideau River
The Rideau River
Mud Lake, Ottawa
Mud Lake, Ottawa