Nordic Walking, Walking & Hiking Experiences in the Rockies
Active by Nature is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, in the spectacular mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. Formed in 2007 by sole proprietor, Mandy Johnson, Active by Nature offers NORDIC WALKING, WALKING & HIKING TOURS.
NORDIC WALKING: Nordic Walking mimics cross-country skiing, but without the skis! It TURBO CHARGES walking, turning into a total body workout that utilizes virtually every muscle in your body in a gentle yet effective way. It promotes good posture, burns MEGA CALORIES, provides exceptional stability on all sorts of terrain, and off-loads stress from the lower body.
Whether you are super fit or just embarking on a fitness program, Nordic Walking is a perfect physical activity choice. Active by Nature exclusively uses Urban Poles for fitness walking and ACTIVATOR™ poles for older adults, persons with mobility issues, and persons recovering from injury. Ergonomically designed and strapless for safety, these poles are the best Nordic Walking equipment in Canada and endorsed by health practitioners across the country.
Active by Nature offers 1.5 & 2 hour Nordic walking tours in Canmore. Can there be any place better in the world to go Nordic walking?
WALKING TOURS: Canmore's network of recreational trails is a walker's paradise! There are over 160 kilometres of trails within the town boundaries, many of them multi-use paved or gravel trails, along with hiking & biking trails. But with limited time, most visitors are at a loss as to where to start. A guided, interpretive walking tour is an ideal way to experience the world's favourite form of physical activity and learn all about this awesome mountain town!
GUIDED HIKES: Kananaskis Country is 4,000 sq kilometres of sprawling wilderness bordering Banff National Park and Canmore. This unspoiled, untamed landscape is equally as spectacular as neighbouring Banff, with a fraction of the visitors. Active by Nature has permits for leading guided hikes in K-Country. These hikes are offered year-round. In the winter some of the outings make use of ice cleats (provided) while others turn into snowshoe hikes.
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Quick-Start Nordic Walking Tours90 Min. Sessions in Canmore, Poles Provided - Year Round
You will learn correct Nordic Walking technique. A popular misconception is that Nordic Walking is simply walking with poles. Nothing could be farther from reality! There is a specific technique to be learned in order to perfect the plant, push, propel actions. There is still time for photo stops & learning about all Canmore has to offer!
Nordic Walking Two Hour TourOffering You Gentle Adventure in Canmore, Year Round
A 2-hour guided Nordic walking tour around scenic areas of Canmore including Quarry Lake, Three Sisters Creek, the Three Sisters Recreational Trail, and the Bow River. Poles are provided. Starting locations will vary depending on time of year and trail conditions.
Canmore Walking ToursGuided Interpretive Walking Tours of Canmore
No matter the time of year or weather, a guided walking tour of Canmore is always a perfect activity. 1.5 & 2.5 to 3 hour walks are scheduled, year-round. Custom walks of a time & place to suit your pace are also available for a minimum group of four. Discover all there is to experience in this friendly mountain town. Learn from a local. Enjoy visiting some scenic photo stops.
Guided Hikes in Kananaskis Country
Kananaskis Country is 4,000 sq kilometres of sprawling wilderness bordering Banff National Park and Canmore. This unspoiled, untamed landscape is equally as spectacular as neighbouring Banff, with a fraction of the visitors. Active by Nature has permits for leading guided hikes on select trails in K-Country.
International Adventure Tours
"Go Where The Poles Take You!" You have learned how to Nordic walk. You have delighted in exploring your neighbourhood in a new and powerful way. You have explored incredible natural places and you are ready to take your skills to the next level. Join Mandy on an international adventure! Portugal in 2020: BOOK NOW!
Your unforgettable Canmore experience doesn't have to end when your Nordic walking session does. Active by Nature is a proud member of the Canmore Adventure Hub which is a collaborative of other great companies offering amazing adventure opportunities for you. #UnforgettableAB Click on the link below to see the incredible options:
Mandy Johnson's BLOG
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What People Say.....
Mandy truly walks the talk of being active in nature. A true sportswoman and enthusiastic knowledgeable sports leader. Outstanding in any field, snow or summer.
What a great experience!! Urban Poling was amazing. I could feel it in my arms, my back and my upper body. Walking was an exercise I definitely needed but was not getting. It gave me stability and confidence... I am so grateful that I received these (Urban Poles) as a Father's day gift...the best gift ever!
Way to go Mandy! Your energy is is boundless, proving that keeping active keeps you young and and always coming up with new ideas! So proud of you and love following your new adventures. This website is the perfect venue for inspiring the world!