Canmore Quick-Start Nordic Walking Tours

ACTIVE BY NATURE has re-opened as of June 1 and we are looking forward to seeing you soon! ACTIVE BY NATURE is following closely Alberta Health recommendations with regards to preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Group sizes have been reduced to 1 - 6 people and physical distancing between non-family members of 2 metres will be maintained.  Nordic walking poles are cleaned after each use, or feel free to bring your own or purchase a pair at a 20% discount.

The purpose of the introductory 90 min. Quick-Start session, offered year round, 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 that turn a walk into a turbo-charged aerobic activity.  Learn more here & be sure to watch the 1 minute video.

This session is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. Minimum age is 12. The walks will take place in scenic locales near the town centre, with minimal elevation change. But the scenery will be outstanding so be sure to bring your camera for a photo stop or two!

The focus of these small group sessions is proper use of the equipment and proper Nordic walking technique.  By the time you are finished, you'll have all the information you need to use your poles on your own, with friends, or on more adventurous outings with other Adventure Hub partners.

COST: $35 includes use of Nordic walking poles, cleaned after every use.


Quick-Start Nordic Walking Tour + 1 Hour Scenic Float With Canmore Raft Tours.

Join Active by Nature for a 60 minute experience focusing on learning the technique of Nordic walking.  Nordic walking turbo-charges a simple walk, turning it into a total-body workout. You will be amazed! After learning the technique on Canmore's Main St., you will be led on a picturesque walk along the Bow River, upstream of the raft tour route.

Canmore Raft Tours' "The Townie" offers guests an opportunity to see Canmore in all its grandeur and beauty from the perspective of the river. During this tour you will explore the natural and cultural histories of the valley and see how the urban and natural attributes of this mountain town have learned to co-exist. Elk, beaver, eagles, deer and even bear have been seen along this section of the Bow River. Bring along a camera and a sense of adventure and join Canmore Raft Tours on the river!

This packaged experience of a walk and a float is offered on Sundays, from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm.  The cost is $70 + GST. To book this package, click on the Packed Tours blue tab in the booking window below and select your date for the Nordic walking portion of the tour for $30. When you select "continue" it will automatically add in the scenic float for $40, starting at 2:00 pm.

If you wish to continue with an exploration of all Canmore has to offer, I can provide a 50% discount on booking your group of 2 - 4 people a unique & thoroughly entertaining Mystery Town Tour, a self-guided walking (or cycling) tour using your smart phone.

What to wear & bring (Spring, Summer, Fall):

  1. Wear comfy casual clothes.
  2. Bring a warm extra layer & rain jacket, just in case.
  3. Running shoes are fine while light trail or hiking shoes provide even more support and are ideal.
  4. Please no flip-flops or sandals.
  5. Leave purses at home. A small backpack is a great bring-along.
  6. Don't forget your water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent and your camera.

Where to meet:

Malcolm Hotel lobby - 321 Spring Creek Dr.

Parking: Nearby, on road

Washrooms: In hotel lobby


Wednesdays, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm,

Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm,

Sundays, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

.... or by appointment with minimum group of 4 people.

Reserve OnLine:
It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Simply click on different dates on the calendar first to see what is available then select the experience you would like to reserve, fill in your personal details and then make a secure payment via credit card. The system will automatically send you a confirmation of your session with the relevant details.

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Liability Waiver:

Liability waivers are a necessary part of any commercial activity experience. I recommend that you take the time now to review this legal document that you will be required to sign before we start our clinic or walk together:  Waiver

Your Health & Physical Activity Readiness:

We ask guests who are experiencing cold symptoms and symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and practice self-isolation under the direction of the appropriate governing body. For almost everyone, the benefits of physical activity far outweigh any risks. For some individuals, special advice from a Qualified Exercise or health care provider is advisable before becoming more active. This questionnaire is intended for all ages – to help move you along the path to becoming more physically active. Please review this questionnaire if you have concerns about your health or fitness level for participating in Nordic walking.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds are given if a cancellation is received 24 hours or more prior to the clinic or tour date.  No refunds are given with less than 24 hours notice. Clinics/tours go rain or shine.  If the weather is extreme, then it may be cancelled with a full refund given.