It’s Never Too Late To Become a Sporty Outdoors Gal!

Marguerite Friesen of Elk Point, Alberta confessed to never having been a sporty gal or a lover of being active outdoors.  Indeed, she agrees the label “couch potato” suited her well.  Until Valentine’s Day, 2017 when everything changed. On that fateful day, Marguerite sat on her comfy couch and opened the Edmonton […]

Active by Nature To Re-Launch as of June 1st

I am delighted to inform you that Active by Nature has re-opened as of June 1st for Nordic walking, walking and hiking experiences offered in Canmore and Kananaskis. To ensure your health and safety please note the following: Nordic walking poles are sanitized between each use.  You are most welcome […]

May Madness With Mandy!

Join Mandy, owner of Canmore based Active by Nature for an introduction to Nordic walking. These sessions are being offered FREE for Canmore residents in May. Sessions will be limited to a minimum of two and a maximum of four people to ensure appropriate social distancing. Nordic walking is an […]

Monday Nights With Mandy

Monday Nights With Mandy (7 pm – 7:45 MDT) is a free four week series of on-line live events via  web conferencing, starting May 18th that will cover Mandy’s “passion for poling”, her involvement with Canada’s leading brand of Nordic walking equipment and education, Urban Poling Inc., the unforgettable activities […]


In this COVID-19 era, the spring of 2020, Urban Poling/Nordic walking shines as a most appropriate outdoor activity.  It is an ideal form of exercise on the sidewalks and pathways of your local neighbourhood where our country’s public health leaders and government officials are imploring us to stay for physical […]

The Bears of Canmore and the Bow Valley

Where to See Bears Bears are a common sight in the Bow Valley, both black bears and grizzly bears. They are often seen within the town of Canmore and places near to town.  Bears are a huge draw to our surrounding national and provincial parks.  I often get asked where […]


Staying physically active during our present COVID-19 season can be challenging with gyms, fitness and recreation centres closed. Many of our favourite parks and trails are closed also.  However, as long as we are not under complete lockdown, as long as people are not sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 […]

Winter in Canmore Photography Walk

I am not a professional photographer.  I do not even consider myself a good amateur photographer.  I think I am fairly good at the creative side of photography.  But technically, knowing how to use my camera on its various settings, I am but a beginner.   But I do love photography […]

Walking Into the New Decade

WOW! It is 2020: A new year and a new decade are upon us. It is a time when many of us will be doing some serious reflection on goal setting. Let me help you with 10 suggestions for walking-related goals: 1. Resolve to walk more Health professionals the world […]

Exploring Portugal – September 2019

My husband Colin and I have recently returned from a week in the Algarve region of Portugal, to preview the area we plan to tour in October of 2020, with Comfortable Hiking Holidays and a group of enthusiastic Nordic walkers. Portugal was amazing! We enjoyed time spent on several stunning […]