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This is a blog about walking. Walking anywhere for any reason. Do you like to walk? What’s your favourite Calgary walk? Do you walk for transport? Do your kids join you and walk? Or walk on their own?

Share your walks, your thoughts on walking, and tell everyone why walking is so enjoyable!

 

You can email me at lorib @ fitfrog.ca or send me a tweet from the link below. I’ll share your stories on this blog and through Twitter!

 

Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Calgary are phenomenal!

Posted by on August 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Calgary are phenomenal!

Silver Springs Botanical Gardens in Calgary are phenomenal!

The Silver Springs Botanical Gardens are simply spectacular. I found out about them as I researched my CTV Homes and Gardens Walks segment, that airs tomorrow, Aug. 24, 2016. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook pages to learn more about guided garden walks and about the gardens themselves.

Upcoming FREE guided garden walk:

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1:30-3 pm

Meeting in the main parking lot at 1:15 to begin the tour at 1:30. Location details 

www.facebook.com/Silverspringsbotanicalgardens

www.botanicalgardensofsilversprings.ca

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Silver Springs Calgary Botanical Gardens

CTV Walking Wednesdays: Calgary’s Top Notch River Walks

Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesdays: Calgary’s Top Notch River Walks

CTV Walking Wednesdays: Calgary’s Top Notch River Walks

Walking along the Bow and the Elbow Rivers, connecting communities and climbing to viewpoints, makes for some wonderful urban walking. In my CTV segment I also feature Fish Creek and the Douglasdale escarpment, The Reservoir single track pathways that dip and climb and take you away from the bustle of the city and some neighbourhood river walks with character! The routes are all in my book, Calgary’s Best Walks so grab a copy and let your self-propelled urban exploration begin!

Watch the CTV segment here!

 

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CTV Walking Wednesday: Calgary’s Quirky Neighbourhood Walks

Posted by on July 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: Calgary’s Quirky Neighbourhood Walks

CTV Walking Wednesday: Calgary’s Quirky Neighbourhood Walks

If you are looking for some surprise on your urban walkabouts, then look no further than these quirky neighbourhoods. Not knowing what you might find around the next corner makes for a fun walk. I featured Sunnyside and Kensington, The Beltine and Connaught and Ramsay/ Inglewood in this CTV segmentAll these routes are in my book Calgary’s Best Walks. But remember to deviate from my suggested route to find more surprises!

Watch the CTV Segment here!

 

 

 

 

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CTV Walking Wednesday: Alberta Rocky Mountain Wildflower Hikes near Calgary

Posted by on July 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: Alberta Rocky Mountain Wildflower Hikes near Calgary

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I headed out of the city to the Rocky Mountains in my latest CTV segment. Fantastic Wildflower Hikes near Calgary. Check it out here!

 

CTV SEGMENT Rocky Mountain Wildflower Hikes

Here are the four wildflower hikes that I featured. Meadows of colour, some with snow on top!

 

 

Sulpher Springs/ Riverview Loop: Elbow Valley, Kananaskis
Grass Pass: Highwood, Kananaskis (20 minutes west of Longview)
Cox Hill: Sibbald Flats, Kananaskis
Stanley Glacier: Kootenay National Park

Once again, get the Gem Trek maps (see my previous blog post)

 

CTV Walking Wednesday: STAIRWAY walks of Calgary

Posted by on June 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: STAIRWAY walks of Calgary

CTV Walking Wednesday: STAIRWAY walks of Calgary

 

I highlighted my favourite STAIRWAY walks in Calgary yesterday on CTV Morning! So many great places to sweat! And all of them, and many more, in my book, Calgary’s Best Walks…of course.

Check out my CTV segment here

 

 

 

 

Douglas Fir Trail, Edworthy Park, is one of the Stairway Walks that I featured 

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CTV Walking Wednesday: Kid Favourite Urban Walkabouts!

Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: Kid Favourite Urban Walkabouts!

CTV Walking Wednesday: Kid Favourite Urban Walkabouts!

 

All walks are great for kids of course, but there are some urban walkabouts that are clear favourites. Bring on the ice cream stops, watermarks, massive hills to roll down, single track trails along escarpments, waterfalls and for the teenagers in the group, a burger stop in Kensington!

Watch my Kid Favorite CTV segment! 

 

 

 

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CTV Walking Wednesdays: Starting Your Walking Habit

Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesdays: Starting Your Walking Habit

CTV Walking Wednesdays: Starting Your Walking Habit

If you are looking for some motivation to put foot to pavement, pathway or wilderness route, then watch my CTV Morning Segment on Starting Your Walking Habit! So much to see while on foot in Calgary and beyond in Southern Alberta.

Watch my segment on CTV Calgary Morning

 

 

 

 

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May 8, Mother’s Day Jane’s Walk!

Posted by on April 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on May 8, Mother’s Day Jane’s Walk!

 

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Join me at 10 am on May 8 for Mothers Day Jane’s Walk!

Celebrate 10 years of Jane’s Walks!

 

 

 

The Walk: Elbow River Communities-hidden stairways, natural area trails, bridges, viewpoints, a mix of funky and grandiose neighbourhoods and cafe’s

Meeting Place: Stanley park official Parking lot at 42 Ave. just west of 1 A St., SW

Led By Lori Beattie

May 8, 2016, 10:00 AM, 1.5 Hours

 

All Jane’s Walks are free. Want to know more? Read below…

 

 

 

 

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What is a Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

A Jane’s Walk can focus on almost any aspect of a neighbourhood, and on almost any topic you can think of.Walks can be serious or funny, informative or exploratory; they can look at the history of a place, or at what’s happening there right now.  Anyone can lead a walk — because everyone is an expert on the place where they live!

Some examples: A walk in Colchester, England was led by two brothers, aged 6 and 4, who showed walkers around their favourite park and shared interesting historical facts about the local castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia, a city councillor came on a walk to discuss the history and potential future of the area around a stalled construction site. In the heart of Toronto, Canada, a Queer Newcomer Youth walk was led by a group of young people who had all arrived in the city recently, but had found a welcoming community there. In Calcutta, India, a group set out to explore the wetlands at the city’s edge.

Free Guided Urban Walks with MEC & Jane’s Walk

Posted by on April 28, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Free Guided Urban Walks with MEC & Jane’s Walk

Free Guided Urban Walks with MEC & Jane’s Walk

 

 

 

Join me this Spring through Fall of a series of FREE guided walkabouts! I have teamed up with MEC Calgary to lead a unique urban walkabout a month. You can register on-line at MEC Calgary.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming FREE events

Register on-line at mec.ca/events for all MEC guided walks.For the Jane’s Walk on May 8, just show up!


April 30: 
Book signing and mini-walk: Indigo Signal Hill: 3-5 pm

 

May 7: Book Signing at MEC Calgary: 12-1:30 pm

 

May 8: Jane’s Walk: Elbow River Communities: 10-11:30 am

 

May 11Blossom Trek: MEC, Mount Royal and Mission: 6-7:30 pm

 

June 8: Cafe & Ice Cream Walkabout: East Village, River Walk and Bridgeland: 6-7:30 pm

 

July 13: Burn of the mini-donuts: Stampede recovery walk on Nose Hill: 6-7:30 pm

 

September 7Quirky Neighbourhoods: Roxboro- Ramsay: 6-7:30 pm

 

October 5: Fall Colours on the Jackrabbit Trail, Glenmore Reservoir: 6-7:30 pm

 

Find more about my book and learn about my FREE walkabouts and book signings at www.calgarysbestwalks.ca

For info on all guided walks and mountain hikes check www.fitfrog.ca

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Get your signed copy of Calgary’s Best Walks here for a reduced cost of $25 and get a FREE guided Fit Frog 1.5 or 3 hour urban walkabout!

 

 

 

CTV Walking Wednesday: Circumnavigate the Glenmore Reservoir this Spring!

Posted by on March 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: Circumnavigate the Glenmore Reservoir this Spring!

My recent CTV segment featured a fantastic urban walkabout around the Glenmore Reservoir. The complete map is in my book, Calgary’s Best Walks, and offers lots of options to get off the paved regional pathway and into the single track trail system in the Weaslehead and other hidden wilderness trails. The Buffalo Bean flowers in the photo below will be in full bloom in May.

Watch my CTV segment here!

 

 

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