Walking and Volkssport Association of Ontario

"Walk ..  Discover .. Enjoy."


At most of the Ontario Director’s Permanent Trail Start Points, there is NO WALK BOX for registration. You may register in two ways:

Instructions by regular mail: Contact the Ontario Director for the instructions. The registration fee for walks in Canada is $2.00 CDN. You may pay for your fee total by personal cheque, payable only to ‘WVAO’ for the required sum.

          Karen Venema,

          CVF Ontario Director

          1261 Portland Ave,

          Ottawa, ON  K1V 6E8

After your registration form and check have been received, the Director will mail you the instructions. Please allow several weeks delay for receipt and return of your registration and instructions by regular mail.




What is a ‘Permanent Trail’? All across Ontario, there are special walks that have fixed start points and are open for extended periods of time, not just a single day. Some Permanent Trails may vary in duration from four months all the way up to 359 days per year. Check the dates shown with each event listing. You may go to these start points and do the walk at your own convenience. These walks are self-administered. At the start point, ask the person in charge for the ‘Walk Box’, and he or she will give you a large box that has registration materials in it. Find the Registration list, usually in a three-ring binder, sign the Waiver of responsibility, and then choose the written instructions for the walk distance of your choice. This is the perfect way to get to know and explore different communities across the province. If travelling, it is always a good idea to check the walks.ca web site for updates, and the contact person by email or phone before departure.

Another type of Permanent Trail has no registration box on site at the Start Point, but rather requires online registration. There are almost 20 such Permanent Trails run across the province by the Ontario Director. They are found in areas where there are nice walking possibilities, but no local club.

Frequently Asked Questions

Waiver of Responsibility

Each and every participant is required to register before departure, especially if they wish to take part in the IVV Awards program, where accumulating distances and participations are noted in special booklets for that purpose. In the case of several people walking at the same time, ALL must pre-register individually and sign the Waiver of Responsibility**.

**As a condition of participating in this event, the participant releases and holds harmless the CVF Ontario Director, the Canadian Volkssport Federation - La Fédération Canadienne Volkssport, its members, officers, employees, representatives, event officials and event sponsors from any injury to person, property and/or reputation that may be received by the said participant and from all claims of said injuries to the parties listed above, growing out of or resulting from the event contemplated under this application, or caused by any construction or condition of the course over which the event is held. The participant releases the parties listed above from any liability listed above, notwithstanding that same may have been contributed to or occasioned by the negligence of the said parties, any of them, their agents, officials, servants or representatives. The execution of the 'Waiver of Liability' is a condition of and will be signed prior to participation in the event.