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Volksmarching is a recreational form of walking that involves exploring an area and, often, socializing with other participants. Unlike competitive or fundraising walking events, volksmarching is undertaken for pleasure and social reasons and it is usually focused on experiencing an area's culture and scenery in an active manner. Typical lengths for a volksmarching event are 5-10km, but this range can vary significantly based on the event organizers and interests of participants. Although usually performed in groups, volksmarching may also be practiced a solo activity.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Volksmarching originated in Germany in the mid 1960s, from where it was introduced to the United States and, later, Canada. There are now 38 clubs throughout Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

This activity occurs outdoors all year round, but is more popular during the warmer months.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Canadian Volkssport Federation

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System

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