Members of the Volkssport Club of Medicine Hat participated in the Victoria Phoenix Walking Festival April 17 to 19.

Members of the Volkssport Club of Medicine Hat participated in the Victoria Phoenix Walking Festival April 17 to 19.

Walking festival brings hundreds to Saanich

The recent Victoria Phoenix Walking Festival was a huge success, bringing 356 participants to the trails of Saanich.

The recent Victoria Phoenix Walking Festival was a huge success, bringing 356 participants to the trails of Saanich.

Approximately 100 local walkers were joined by volkssport enthusiasts from across B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories, plus the U.S. states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Illinois and Hawaii, plus almost 50 walkers from Oregon and more than 75 from Washington State, said co-organizer Britta Gundersen-Bryden, of the Garden City Wanderers.

The Wanderers co-hosted the event with the Juan de Fuca Pathfinders and Victoria Y volkssport group.

“We couldn’t have done this without the cooperation of the District of Saanich and our volunteers,” Gundersen-Bryden said.

“The high points were the wonderful trails and places to walk in Saanich, the Greek Community Centre and the food they provided and the friendly and helpful volunteers (plus the fabulous weather),” Gundersen-Bryden said.