I will confess right from the outset: I am a snow lover! As soon as the snow arrives, I can barely control my excitement about getting outside! On any given day, I find it is quite stressful trying to decide which activity to choose and what beautiful part of Canmore or Kananaskis Country to experience.
Despite my enthusiasm for the beauty and brilliance of a winter’s day, I truly can empathize with the snow birds and others who dread winter. I know there are many of you who are disappointed and even depressed about giving up your winter get-away to someplace warm.
But all is not lost. We can choose to make the most of what COVID-19 has dealt us and change our mindset to embrace the Canadian winter, like we never have before. Or as I have heard people say too often recently, we can stay inside, cooped up and miserable for many long months.
I am inviting you to “wake up to winter” this season and experience the magnificent mountain scenery by being active, in nature. By far the easiest way to do that is to engage in Canada’s favourite form of physical activity: walking. Did you know Canmore has over 75 km of maintained trails within town limits, in addition to approximately 85 km of provincial trails ideal for winter walking?
Join me in Canmore for a Winter Walking Tour. Click HERE for details.
TIPS To Get The Best Winter Experience:
Join me in Canmore for a Winter Nordic Walking Tour. Click HERE for details.
This summer, record numbers of people got out to experience the beauty of Canmore and Kananaskis Country on hiking trails. But in my opinion, that beauty is magnified when a heavy blanket of snow covers everything. Added to the visual beauty is the soft “whumpf, whumpf” of snowshoeing on fresh snow. This does come with a warning however. Many of the hiking trails we use in summer are dangerous in winter because of avalanche risk. Unless you have done your research on avalanche safety and have taken avalanche training, avoid hiking trails in winter and explore the many designated (thus, safe) snowshoe trails in Canmore-Kananaskis or go with a guide.
Join me in Canmore or Kananaskis Country for a guided snowshoe hike.
Snowshoeing can give you a challenging aerobic workout, especially when combined with Nordic walking poles. Unlike other winter pursuits such as alpine skiing or Nordic/cross-country skiing, there is a very short and simple learning curve with snowshoeing, It is simply walking with bigger feet! There is a much lower risk of injury. This makes snowshoeing an ideal winter activity for snowbirds looking for something new to try this winter.
To recap, whether snow walking, Nordic walking or snowshoeing, you can be:
But the benefits of being immersed in nature continue:
When so many activities are likely to be curtailed this winter, walking outdoors, in its various forms, will not be one of them. We may once again face some restrictions on where we can walk, but walking will be one activity we can always look forward to.
Let's book a time together soon when I can make a Snow Lover out of you!
What to wear & bring (Spring, Summer, Fall):
What to wear & bring (Winter):
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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.