Unlucky Canucky Ducky

Unlucky Canucky Ducky

One of the things I really appreciate about social media is the opportunity to connect with Nordic walkers around the world. In particular I have enjoyed becoming “Twitter pals” with Janine Lewis of 3J Fitness in Reading, England. I love her creative marketing savvy! I have been inspired by her successful business – offering Nordic walking clinics and adventures in her hometown. When Janine announced a virtual race to raise funds for the Whizz-Kidz charity in support of disabled children, I was keenly interested. The idea was to complete as many kilometers as possible using human power. She billed it as “your race in your place at your pace.” I signed up as the one and only contestant from Canada. As I began to contemplate my role in the international spotlight via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I thought of how much fun it could be to showcase my backyard: the Canadian Rockies. Thus my husband and I planned a day of outdoor winter adventure in the Lake Louise area with a goal of completing 30 km or more through various Nordic activities.

The virtual challenge was called the Lucky Duck Race and took place on National Rubber Duck Day, January 13 or the following day, January 14. We begin the day by posting pictures of my mascot, Canucky Ducky preparing for a big day. Stage one of our adventure consisted of cross country skiing the Pipestone Trail on the outskirts off the Village of Lake Louise. It was 13 km of cross country skiing bliss. Because it afforded incredible photo opportunities, stage two consisted of a few runs at the Lake Louise Ski Area. Before we hit the slopes we almost lost Canucky Ducky to a grizzly bear but we snatched her from the jaws of death and she was thrilled to be swooshing down the runs with me. We were delighted to see the Lake Louise Ski Area was also celebrating National Rubber Ducky Day.

Stage III of our virtual challenge involved ice skating on Lake Louise. It has to be the most beautiful skating rink in the world. We were even able to find a little open water against the shoreline for Canucky Ducky to swim in. After taking some photos for social media it was time to register some more kilometers by skating around the rink and indulging in one of our Canada’s favorite pastimes, shinny hockey. The light was fast fading and we were contemplating calling it a day when my accident happened. For whatever reason, my feet flew out from underneath me and I fell backwards. As soon as I hit the ice I knew I had seriously injured my wrists. A quick trip to the emergency department at the local hospital confirmed I had fractured both wrists. The casts will come off in six weeks at the end of February. Then extensive physiotherapy will begin in the hopes I can enjoy the tail end of the ski season and prepare to return to my beloved Nordic walking activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the well wishes for a speedy recovery. I am adapting well to life with casts on my arms. It has been a blessing to have so many people pitch in to help me with simple day-to-day tasks. I really appreciate the benefits all modern technology such as dictation on my computer which has allowed me to speak these words into my computer and not type them slowly with one finger. I cannot let this opportunity pass by without plugging the benefits of Urban Poling/Nordic walking. There’s no doubt that a spring summer and fall of Nordic walking prepared me well for this full day of outdoor activity which I completed with energy and muscle power to spare. I still intend to complete my 2018 goal of walking 1000 kms and 1000 miles, although I will have some catching up to do. Why don’t you join me by signing up and logging your steps at UWalk? Happy trails!

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 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 are available at the Malcolm hotel in the lobby.

Canmore Public Restrooms


Public restrooms are available within a short walk:

Canmore Public Restrooms - Trailheads


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 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

Hikes Cognito Form

Winter Hikes Cognito Form

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