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!
Christmas Lights Walks!
I shared the Elbow Park, Upper Mount Royal, Stanley Park route from Calgary’s Best Walks on CTV Morning today.
Go winter, oh yeah!
Follow this link to see the CTV segment. Join me for a guided Christmas Lights Walk, following the route I shared today, next Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30. If you purchase a copy of my book, you some on the walk for FREE! (or you get a gift certificate to come on another Winter Urban Walkabout another time)
Details at www.fitfrog.ca
The fall colours are in full glory and so it is a great time to head out for a walkabout in the city. Garrison Woods is a neat community with lots of cut-though pathways; designed with the pedestrian and cyclist in mind. And at Halloween the residents have to remortgage their homes to buy enough candy for all the kids that roam the streets. You can follow the walk in my guidebook, route 23!
Check out my CTV segment
My CTV Walking Wednesday walkabout was in Fish Creek Park, Bow Valley Ranch, SE on September 2, 2015. Just the perfect park to slow the pace, recharge the batteries with fresh air, exercise and a good cup of coffee! Watch the CTV Segment.
I have lots of book events this fall. Check the calendar and drop by and say hi!
Annie’s Cafe, Fish Creek Park, Bow Valley Ranch
Take a fall walkabout in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Situated along the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane, this park is the perfect spot to stoll, have a picnic or watch the trains roll by.
Take a watch of my CTV Walk Wednesday Segment from August 26.
Presentation at the Ranch
And join me at Glenbow Ranch on September 22, 2015 at 7 pm for a slide show presentation about Calgary’s Best Walks! Contact the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation to register, www.grpf.ca
For a more urban walkabout, try out my books Bankview, Scarboro, Connaught, Mount Royal route. Beautiful homes and gardens, and tree lined streets make up Mount Royal. Head into Bankview and walk through pocket parks, along hilly streets with quirky, varied homes . Finish off the walk along 17 Avenue for a cup of coffee or lunch or a bit of shopping. Or, just grab a comfy bench and enjoy some people watching! Here is the CTV segment on this walk
Take a walk through Bowmont Park! Great hill training, fantastic mountain and Bow river rivers and a wonderful boardwalk trail through waterfall valley. Watch my CTV segment from August 12.
Join me on an urban walkabout through one of the cities best walking areas: Sunnyside, Kensington and McHugh Bluffs. My books route starts in Riley Park and travels along Sunnysides side-streets, up McHugh Bluffs for phenomenal vies of the downtown core, the Bow River and the Rockies. Bring the kids and the dogs and enjoy this urban gem! Watch my August 5, 2015 CTV segment here.
I featured the Weaslehead wilderness area for my Walking Wednesday segment on CTV Morning today. A walkabout on the Weaslehead trails in like hitting the recharge button for your brain!
And just in case you need a reminder about why we need a nature fix once in a while, a nice walk in the woods, here you go:
Why a walk in the woods feels so good
There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but trust me, you will find a better connection. Walking in the woods offers a break from distractions. In Japan they call it shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” We call it a walk in the
woods, and we know that it makes us feel good.
Scientists have studied the physical and mental benefits that come from a walk in nature. Many theories suggest various reasons why nature feels good: clean air, lack of noise pollution, and even the fine mist
that comes off the trees, that fresh evergreen smell that makes us breathe deeply through our noses. But the most convincing argument for the peace we feel in nature is that the flowers and the birds never
aggressively grab our attention. The voluntary attention we pay them is very different from the attention we are forced to pay to a car horn honking, for example.
Going for a walk in the park allows your mind to wander, which benefits your brain. Throughout the day, we are required to use voluntary attention repeatedly for cognitive tasks, like responding to texts and
e-mail, or remembering our shopping list. Our brain grows tired and inefficient without a break. Going for a walk in the park or a quiet place without distractions gives voluntary attention a break, lets your mind
wander, and allows you to be involuntarily engaged by your surroundings.
The other benefits of walking in nature are the fresh smells, the clean air, and being surrounded by earthy hues. All of these factors contribute to why a walk in the woods makes you feel good.
My hunch, based on anecdotal on-the-trail research, is that the break from distractions plays a pivotal role in making the woodsy walker feel refreshed. Focusing on walking, one foot in front of the other, is therapeutic. Left, right, left, right. And don’t forget to turn off that cell phone.
CTV Walking Wednesday: The Weaselhead: http://fw.to/KfdQsGJ
On my CTV Walking Wednesday segment last week we talked about the great walking around Sandy Beach, and the communities of Riverdale, Britannia and Elbow Park. Fantastic homes and gardens, the popular River Park off leash and a doggie beach below! A hidden stairway in Elbow Park leads to a slope-side trail that is lined in Saskatoon shrubs. The Saskatoons are ripe along the escarpments right now so plan a grazing trek.
Have you walked Briar Hill and West Hillhurst in Calgary’s northwest lately? How about Hounsfield Heights, the Mount Royal of the North?
I featured the Briar Hill & Housfield Heights on my CTV Morning segment this week. This route is a wonderful mix of neighbourhoods, single track trail green space climbs with phenomenal downtown Calgary views, gardens, and the Bow River. And you’ll be pleased to know that the route travels past Amato Gelato and Dairy Lane Cafe, a wonderful little diner with outdoor patio on 19 Street, NW. Kensington Road is a perfect side-trip option if you want to do a bit of shopping, grab a book at Pages Books, or a fantastic sandwich one home-made breads, from Peppino’s on Kensington Road.
Watch my July 8 Walking Wednesday CTV Morning segment!
Join me at the Marda Loop Farmer’s Market (South Calgary Community Association) at Sat., July 11, 2015 at 9-1 pm. It is Stampede breakie day at the market- free pancakes! Check the events page for all upcoming talks and walks and signings! Or ask me to speak to your group and lead them on a walkabout!