Active by Nature offers 2 hour guided 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.
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 winter of 2020 - 2021 Active by Nature will provide guided hikes on the trails listed below, on an as requested basis. Tours are available 7 days per week, with start times between 9:00 am and 10:30 am to avoid busiest times on the trails. Minimum group size is 2 with a maximum of 6 people, with physical distancing of 2 metres between non-cohorts. To request a hike, Click Here
The advantages of a going on a hike with a certified guide include:
This is a 2 hour winter hiking/snowshoeing trail, 4km long, on flat terrain through forest. It skirts small lakes which allow for scenic views of the surrounding mountains. It is a perfect place to go snowshoeing when equipped with poles & snowshoes. Nordic walking poles are included in the price of this adventure. Bring snowshoes or contact Active by Nature about renting them for you ($19 extra). For ages 12 & over.
Cost: $59.99 per person
Enjoy a lovely 2 hour, 4 km round-trip winter walk to the picturesque Grassi Lakes in Canmore while practising Nordic walking. Poles are provided. This is easy terrain with a gradual climb of 125 metres. If there has been a recent fresh snowfall, this will be a snowshoe hike. Bring snowshoes or contact Active by Nature about renting them for you ($19 extra). Nordic walking poles are included in the price of this adventure. If there has not been a recent snowfall within a few days, ice cleats will be provided instead. For ages 12 & over.
A guided snowshoe 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. Nordic walking poles are included in the price of this adventure. Bring snowshoes or contact Active by Nature about renting them for you ($19 extra). For ages 12 & over.
The High Rockies trail is a beautiful area to go snowshoeing 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 are included in the price of this adventure. Bring snowshoes or contact Active by Nature about renting them for you ($19 extra). If the snow is well-packed down, ice cleats will be provided instead. For ages 12 & over.
Cost: $59.99 per person
Troll Falls is a magical place in the winter time! This is an easy hike on gentle terrain that takes you to a fascinating frozen waterfall. Time permitting, we will also trek up the new and improved trail to Upper Troll Falls, seeing other frozen falls along the way. Distance 5 - 6 km. Nordic walking poles are included in the price of this adventure. Bring snowshoes or contact Active by Nature about renting them for you ($22.95 extra). If the snow is well-packed down, ice cleats will be provided instead. For ages 12 & over. Time: 2.5 hours.
Cost: $59.99 per person
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 tours start from the main lobby of the Malcolm Hotel. On road parking is available nearby. Washrooms are available in the hotel lobby.View Map
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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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.