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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!

 

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

Wildflowers asters

 

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!

 

Janes Walk logo

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

 s Best Walks Front Cover
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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How I created Calgary’s Best Walks Guidebook video

Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on How I created Calgary’s Best Walks Guidebook video

On the one year anniversary of the publication of Calgary’s Best Walks, I have a big smile on my face. Such a great year, such a lot of work, and so rewarding.

 

Check out my latest video on How I created Calgary’s Best Walks, from the big idea to mapping to the marketing!

 

CTV Walking Wednesday: Snowshoeing in Calgary and the Alberta Rockies

Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Walking Wednesday: Snowshoeing in Calgary and the Alberta Rockies

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Rawson Lake, Kananaskis

 

I took CTV viewers snowshoeing on my latest segment. Watch the segment here!

If you want to know more about where to snowshoe, maps and trails, check out my post on where to snowshoe in and around Calgary. And for more info on snowshoeing, where to rent, what to bring, take a read of my snowshoe page.

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.

 

 

 

 

Eve snowshoeing the Canadian Rockies

Hogarth Lakes, Kananaskis

Snowshoeing the Icefields

Parker Ridge, Icefields Parkway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowshoeing in Calgary and the Kananaskis Rockies

Posted by on February 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Snowshoeing in Calgary and the Kananaskis Rockies

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:

 

 

 

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  • on the golf courses.
  • Sandy Cross Conservation Area (22 x and 130 St)
  • Any park that is covered in snow

 

 

 

West Bragg Creek

Snowshoe trails West Bragg CreekThe 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kananaskis

Snowshoe routes in Kananaskis

 

 

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 the snowshoe 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 terrain before stepping out.

Snowshoe routes Spray Lakes  Kananaskis

 

 

Here is a great website with a review of 5 wonderful snowshoe trips in the Kananaskis.