Active by Nature offers 2 & 3 hour Nordic walks, exploring scenic areas of Canmore. There will be ample time to admire and appreciate the stunning surroundings, snap a photo or two, learn about Canmore and all it has to offer and enjoy conversation with participants.
There will be a quick review of Nordic walking technique but the focus of these sessions will be having a great total body workout while maintaining a steady walking pace.
The Three Sisters Pathway tour is about three hours in length and involves a one-way walk (2 hours/6-7 km) along this scenic trail, a quick stop at the Market Bistro in Three Sisters Mountain Village and a ride back to downtown via ROAM public transit. CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE AS THE TRAIL IS UNDERGOING UPGRADES.
Another option is the Quarry Lake Tour. This is a delightful 2 hour walk from downtown Canmore, through West Canmore Park, through a residential area, along Canmore Creek and then a super scenic lap of Quarry Lake with views of the Three Sisters, Lawrence Grassi/Ehagay Nakoda, Ha Ling and the Rundle Range. Return via the same route. There is an approximate elevation gain of 100 metres. Fabulous any time of year!
A 3 hour option is available that includes the Canmore Engine Bridge, the scenic overlook of Canmore, the Nordic Centre and Quarry Lake.
Nordic Walking poles provided.
A walking tour is an ideal way to begin your visit to Canmore. Learn about the town's past, present & future. Discover all there is to experience in this friendly mountain town. Learn where the locals go to enjoy the mountains. Become familiar with how to best get around. Enjoy visiting some scenic photo stops.
Choose from a 1.5 hr loop tour starting from the Malcolm Hotel which visits the Bow River or a 2.5 -3 hour one way walk along the Three Sisters Pathway that finishes at the Three Sisters Market Bistro & a ROAM public transit ride back to your starting point.
Another option is the Quarry Lake Tour. This is a delightful 2 hour walk from downtown Canmore, through West Canmore Park, through a residential area, along Canmore Creek and then a super scenic lap of Quarry Lake with views of the Three Sisters, Lawrence Grassi/Ehagay Nakoda, Ha Ling and the Rundle Range. Return via the same route. There is an approximate elevation gain of 100 metres.
All of these walks are fabulous any time of year!
1.5 Hour walking tours start from the main lobby of the Malcolm Hotel. On road parking is available nearby. Washrooms are available in the hotel lobby.
This 3 hour tour starts from the parking lot for the public boat launch on the Bow River. Washrooms are not available at this location.
Where to meet:
These hikes require guests to self-drive to various trailheads. Details are provided upon receiving a booking request.
These hikes require having or purchasing a daily or annual Kananaskis Conservation Pass from Alberta Parks. The per day cost is $15 per car. Purchase your pass here: Alberta Parks Kananaskis Pass
Pit toilets are available at the trailheads for all the hikes listed below.
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. You could spend a lifetime exploring the magnificent hiking trails it encompasses!
For the summer and fall of 2023 Active by Nature will provide guided hikes on the trails listed below for small groups of up to 6 people. To request a hike, Click Here
The advantages of a going on a hike with a certified guide include:
Parking at the trailheads for the hikes below will require a daily or annual Kananaskis Pass.
The hikes listed below have been arranged in order of difficulty, from easiest to more difficult. To further determine if an Active by Nature hike is perfect for you, and how to pick the appropriate hike, click on the button below:
This is an out-and-back hike totalling 15 km with 470 metres of elevation gain. We will allow a full day to complete this iconic Rocky Mountain hike. It starts off on a logging road through forest, bypassing the Burstall Lakes. Next up is a marshy section of gravel flats, where we will switch out of hiking boots into water shoes or sandals to cross the many braided channels of water, surrounded by towering peaks. The trail steepens and becomes forested again. Soon the trail emerges into a stunning alpine meadow with an impressive wildflower collection at the right time of the year. In fall, the larches put on their display. Next, we negotiate the steepest section of trail as it ascends to the pass, from which the views of Banff National Park and off in the distance, Mt. Assinobine, will take your breath way! After spending some time at the pass to admire in the scenery, the return trip will begin. Poles are provided for the hike (sanitized before each use) or purchase your own poles with a 20% discount. For ages 12 & over.
Availability: Monday to Friday in July, Aug & Sept with start time between 8:30 am and 9:30 am to avoid busy times.
Cost: $239.98 for 1 or 2 people; $119.99 per person for 3-6 people
Guests must provide their own transportation to the trailhead for these hikes.
What to wear & bring (Spring, Summer, Fall):
What to wear & bring (Winter):
It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Simply click the "Book Now" button, select your preferred date to check availability, 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.
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:View the 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.
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.
Parking is available on-street or in public lots throughout Canmore. It is a good idea to arrive early on busy days to locate suitable parking.
Restrooms are available at the Malcolm hotel in the lobby.
Public restrooms are available within a short walk:
Public pit toilets are available at all trailheads.
Where to meet:
Starting locations will vary seasonally with instructions included in your booking confirmation.
Parking options will vary by location with details included in your booking confirmation.