Whidbey Walking Festival

September 7-9, 2018
Coupeville, Island County, WA

A three-day festival of walks on Whidbey Island Washington. Explore the beauty of the Puget Sound, with its small towns, mountain views, wildlife, evergreen forests and expansive vistas! New walks and old favorites are being planned for 2018 along with a Native American Style Salmon BBQ hosted by the Coupeville Lions Club.

To register for the Festival, please print, complete, and mail this pdf form.

Just a kilometer north of the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry landing and adjacent to Fort Casey State Park, is the Camp Casey Conference Center.

Built at the turn of the 20th century by the U.S. Army, Fort Casey was designed to guard the entrance to Puget Sound as part of the “triangle of fire,” along with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, which are located on the other side of Admiralty Inlet. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.

The Army used the fortification until World War II and when Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, Seattle Pacific University became the owner of the parade grounds, housing and recreation facilities — updating and renovating the buildings for groups like ours. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.

The military fortifications located at Fort Casey State Park are owned by Washington State Parks.

More information about the events will be added as we finalize walk and festival plans.


A variety of accommodations for groups, including a small campground, are available at the Camp Casey Conference Center (Seattle Pacific University). To see what they offer, check out the list under "Lodging & Event Spaces" on the Conference Center website. If you are interested in any of these accommodations, call them at 866-661-6604 or submit an inquiry to get information about their facilities and requirements for renting.

Just around the corner from Camp Casey is the historic Fort Casey Inn with two bedroom houses (formerly Non-Commissioned Officers Quarters) complete with living area, full kitchen, upstairs bath and sweeping views.

Nearby Fort Casey State Park has campsites located next to the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry terminal.

Information on other lodging options in the area can be found at:

Other Activities in the Area

Art galleries, beaches, wineries, outdoor adventures, shopping and endless scenery are just some of the activities available as you spend time on Beautiful Whidbey Island.

For more information on things to do in the area follow this link.

Check out the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce webpage for a calendar of events.

Festival Registration Form

What is Volkssporting?

Volkssporting literally translates as "sport of the people." Volkssports are organized, non-competitive events designed to appeal to people of all ages. They are not tests of speed or endurance, but exercise at your own pace. Volkssporting is organized to promote physical fitness and wholesome recreation in a safe environment. It is designed for all age levels and people with varying levels of physical abilities. The volkssporting philosophy simply recognizes that everyone cannot and should not attempt to exercise in timed or competitive events where awards are based on order of finish. Volkssporting offers a great escape for people from the pressures and hassles of everyday life and it provides an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Since events are non-competitive, participants travel at their own pace, thus making this an excellent outdoor recreational activity for the entire family.

Volkssporting Events

There are two categories of volkssporting events, a Traditional Event which is hosted for usually one day or weekend with a set start/finish time, and a Year Round (YRE) or Seasonal Event that may be open daily, January through December. A Season event is like a Year-Round event, but is open less than a full calendar year. A volkssporting event is usually a walk (volksmarch), bike (volksbike), swim (volksswim), or cross-country ski (volksski or skiwandering) through a scenic and/or historic area over a predetermined route. All volkssport events are open to the public. Participation is usually free, if no award or credit is desired. Participants may choose to purchase if offered (usually $5-7) an attractive award that commemorates completion of the event. The event award is usually a patch or medallion depicting the theme, location, or honoree of the event.

About Our Club

The NW Tulip Trekkers is an outdoor walking club based in the coastal counties between Seattle and Canada. We promote recreational walking for all ages, through scheduled group walks, AVA-sanctioned volkswalks, a monthly newsletter and occasional meetings. This walker's network provides information about local and out-of-town AVA-sanctioned and non-sanctioned events. The Trekkers Club is designed for the AVA-member walkers and for individuals who just want to walk for the fun and fitness. 

Club Officers:
President: Tim Fisher: 425-626-0492, gotdisc7@gmail.com 
Vice President: Joe Pepia, pepia46@comcast.net 
Treasurer: Barbara Lynn, johnandbarb44@hotmail.com 
Secretary: Margaret Quick, mquick6465@gmail.com 
Trailmasters: Tom Stabile, tandmwa@frontier.net 
      Sue Payton, wishome@yahoo.com 
Webmaster: David Wesley, dowes3@comcast.net 
Newsletter Editor: Joe Pepia, pepia46@comcast.net