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 […]

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 […]

Hiking Centennial Trail in Kananaskis Country

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 […]

Experts in Unforgettable: The Adventure Hub

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 […]

Hiking Mt. Lipsett Trail, Kananaskis Country

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 […]