Posted by Lori on June 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 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!
Posted by Lori on June 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 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.
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.
Posted by Lori 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.
Snowshoeing is great exercise, just like walking but slower, in spectacular terrain. It is a wonderful family activity (bring the crazy carpets and the shovels for snow caves). It is a wonderful, FREE, outing that refreshes the mind and the body.
Posted by Lori on February 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Snowshoeing in Calgary and the Kananaskis Rockies
Snowshoeing is as easy as walking, but much more fun if you get off trail in the powder and explore. Snowshoeing is much more fun when the snow is deep, and you could not walk there with boots alone. It is rare to have that much snow in Calgary, but on occasion we get a big snowfall in March and this would be a great time to head out in the city.
There are many wonderful, designated snowshoe routes in the Kananaskis, and when Calgary has snow, you can explore in the city as well. Here is an overview:
Calgary and area
on the golf courses.
Sandy Cross Conservation Area (22 x and 130 St)
Any park that is covered in snow
West Bragg Creek
The West Bragg Creek recreation area is multi-use. Cross Country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking (fat biking in the winter) and dog friendly activities area all supported in this incredibly popular (busy) area. You will see a map of the designated snowshoe trails here. This area is very close to Calgary, but the snow cover is minimal most of the year. While find for track-set cross-country skiing, it is not necessary to have snowshoes most of the winter. With the chinooks that role in, the snow becomes very packed and boots with traction devices suffice unless the hiker plans on going off trail into the woods and the clear-cuts. So, snowshoeing is best in this area after a fresh snowfall.
The Spray Lakes Provincial Park and Peter Lougheed Provincial Park have the best snowshoeing within an hour-1.5 hours drive of Calgary. These areas are in a snow belt and the snow last until June. Even when there is not snows in Calgary and very little snow along Hwy. 40, there will be over a meter of snow in the Spray Lakes area.Designated snowshoe routes have been created, with signage to ensure that you do not enter avalanche terrain. This is the biggest issue once into the mountains. You need to know what avalanche terrain looks like so that you do not accidentally enter into it, or even walk at the base of an avalanche slope.This area is popular but much less busy that West Bragg. It is also more remote. When travelling on the trails in this area you should have thesnowshoe trails maps AND the trail and topographical map in hand and know how to use it. It is easy to get disoriented with all of the unofficial trails that scatter the area. And if you do not know what an avalanche slope is, then DO NOT enter this area. You need to learn about avalanche terrainbefore stepping out.