About Active by Nature
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 instruction in 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.
Mandy provides clinics and leads walks in Canmore. Can there be any place better in the world to go walking? Mandy is the Alberta Ambassador for Urban Poling, promoting Canada's leading brand of Nordic walking around the province. Working in partnership with Vision Travel, Mandy is hosting Nordic walking adventures in exciting global destinations: "Go where the poles take you!"
Quick-Start Clinics (offered year-round)75 Min. Sessions in Canmore, Poles Provided
The purpose of this introductory session is for you to 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...
Nordic Walking: Gentle AdventuresOffering You Gentle Adventure in Canmore (spring, summer, fall)
Join Mandy for guided walks ranging from 1.5 hours to 2 hours around scenic areas of Canmore including Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes, the Three Sisters Recreational Trail, and the Bow River. Participants should be familiar with the fundamentals of Nordic Walking.
Nordic Walking in a Winter WonderlandWalking With Snowshoes or Icers + Poles = Powerful Combination
Winter is a wonderful time to be active outdoors in the Rockies. Depending on snow conditions, which can be highly variable, these 1.5 to 2 hour outings will also make use of snowshoes or icers. All equipment is provided. Don't worry - you will be toasty warm!
Urban Poling Alberta
Mandy is the Alberta Ambassador for Vancouver-based Urban Poling, Canada's leading provider of Nordic walking training and equipment. In this role, Mandy travels the province sharing her "passion for poling." She speaks at conferences, provides on-site training to organizations, certifies instructors, provides in-service training to health care professionals and supports a growing network of instructors and retailers.
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!
Your unforgettable Canmore experience doesn't have to end when your Nordic walking session does. I am 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
The Centennial Trail is the highest maintained trail in the Canadian Rockies and an absolutely breathtaking hike. It is definitely the most challenging day hike my husband Colin and I have completed as we racked up 26 kilometres with 1900 metres of elevation gain as we traversed from the Ribbon […]
When travelling near or far, few would argue that the best way to experience new destinations is by self-propelled means. Walking tours are an especially intimate, interactive and sensual way to experience the world. Whether it be an urban stroll, a wilderness hike, or an epic pilgrimage, Nordic walking with […]
Canmore and the surrounding area is an outdoor adventure paradise! While the Rocky Mountains, the foothills and the Bow River provide the setting, it is a group of passionate, independent small adventure tourism operators that are providing the magic – the unforgettable Alberta experiences. This group has formed a unique […]
This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of Urban Poling/Nordic walking adventure stories. I love being active in nature by self-propelled means, whether that be hiking (always with my Urban Poles), biking, kayaking, skiing or snowshoeing. I am also a geocacher and I usually try to […]
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!