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Winter Experiences

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! 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. Plus, you will have had a comprehensive orientation to Canmore and all it has to offer.

Nordic Walking poles provided.

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Active by Nature offers 2 hour guided Nordic walks, exploring scenic areas of Canmore. 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. 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.

The Three Sisters Pathway tour is three hours in length and involves a one-way walk (2 hours/6 km) along this scenic trail, a quick stop for a refreshing non-alchoholic beverage at the Market Bistro in Three Sisters Mountain Village and a ride back to downtown via ROAM public transit.

Nordic Walking poles provided.

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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 2020 Active by Nature will provide guided hikes on the trails listed below for private groups of up to 6 people, with physical distancing of 2 metres. To request a hike, Click Here

The advantages of a going on a hike with a certified guide include:

  • you will learn fascinating information about your surroundings as well as have a local's insight into the top things to see and do while you are visiting the area
  • your guide is trained in wilderness first aid & carries first aid supplies
  • your guide is trained in avoiding conflict with wildlife and carries bear spray
  • you can be confident and relaxed knowing your guide is very familiar with the trail
Grassi Lakes

Enjoy a lovely 2 hour, 4 km round-trip walk to the picturesque Grassi Lakes in Canmore while practising Nordic walking. Poles are provided (sanitized before each use) or purchase your own poles with a 20% discount. Easy terrain with a gradual climb of 125 metres. For ages 12 & over.

Availability: Mondays to Fridays with a start time between 8:00 am and 10:00 am to avoid busy times.

Group Cost: $99.99

Chester Lake

A guided hike of 4-5 hours to a jewel of Kananaskis Country! Surrounded by towering peaks, the hike to Chester Lake is 11 km with over 300 m of elevation gain. Poles are provided. For ages 12 & over.

Availability: Monday to Friday with start time between 8:30 am and 9:30 am to avoid busy times.

Group Cost: $199.99

HIGH ROCKIES TRAIL FROM GOAT CREEK TRAILHEAD

The High Rockies trail is a beautiful area to go hiking for 2 hours! Soaring mountain views and a beautiful creek are the highlights. The new High Rockies Trail begins 880 metres along the Goat Creek Trailhead (18 km from Canmore) and runs over 80 km to Elk Pass just over the British Columbia border. We will be exploring the first 3 - 4 kilometres of this extensive wilderness trail. Nordic walking poles (sanitized before each use) are included in the price of this adventure or purchase your own with a 20% discount. For ages 12 and over.

Availability: Monday to Sunday with a start time between 8:30 am & 10:30 am to avoid busy times.

Group Cost: $99.99

HA LING TRAIL TO THE SADDLE

This 4 to 5 hour hike will take you to the end of the established hiking trail at saddle below Ha Ling Peak. Please note this hike does not include the final 400 m on an unmaintained trail which traverses loose, rocky terrain to the summit of Ha Ling. However, jaw-dropping views are to be had at the saddle! This is a strenuous hike of 7 km with approximately 800 m of elevation gain. Nordic walking poles (sanitized before each use) are included in the price of this adventure or purchase your own with a 20% discount. For ages 12 and over.

Availability: Monday to Friday with a start time between 8:00 am & 9:00 am to avoid busy times.

Group Cost: $199.99

Guests must provide their own transportation to the trailhead for these hikes.

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 includes a non-alcoholic beverage at the Three Sisters Market Bistro & a ROAM public transit ride back to your starting point.

1.5 Hour Walking Tour

$35.00

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.

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Three Sisters Pathway Walking Tour

$59.99

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.

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The 2020 Walk and Float packages are finished for the season.

Active by Nature has partnered with Canmore Raft Tours to offer an exciting, complimentary adventure package. Join Active by Nature for an invigorating 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 combination of a walk and a float is offered daily from 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm. The cost is $70 + taxes.

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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.

What to wear & bring (Winter):

  1. Wear a long sleeve t-shirt/thermal underwear top plus 1 or 2 layers (i.e.: light fleece top, heavier fleece top) & a wind/waterproof shell. Heavy winter parkas and snow pants are usually too warm.
  2. Wear winter boots or lined hiking boots. Icers, which go over your footwear to prevent slipping, are provided when necessary.
  3. Leave purses at home. A small backpack is a great bring-along.
  4. Bring water, gloves/mitts, a hat/headband, scarf/buff/neck warmer, tissues/handkerchief, sunglasses and don't forget your camera!

Reserve OnLine:

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 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:

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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.

Malcolm Hotel

Canmore Public Parking

Parking:

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.

Malcolm Hotel - Onsite

Restrooms:

Restrooms are available at the Malcolm hotel in the lobby.

Canmore Public Restrooms

Restrooms:

Public restrooms are available within a short walk:

Canmore Public Restrooms - Trailheads

Restrooms:

Public pit toilets are available at all trailheads.

Canmore Various

Where to meet:

Starting locations will vary seasonally with instructions included in your booking confirmation.

Parking:

Parking options will vary by location with details included in your booking confirmation.

Tour Canmore

Various Canmore Trailheads

Canmore Walking Tour 1.5 Hour

Canmore Walking Tour 3 Sisters

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