Merry Christmas Bow Valley Residents!

Merry Christmas Bow Valley Residents!

Join Active by Nature for a Complimentary Nordic Walk

Active by Nature provides Nordic walking instruction and guided tours in Canmore. Usually, guests are visitors from out of town. But this Christmas, Alberta is under strict gathering restrictions and non-essential travel is strongly discouraged. Out-of-town visitors have cancelled all bookings for this month and been refunded.

As a result, Active by Nature will offer a select number of activities for locals (residents of the Bow Valley), for free. Consider bringing a non-perhishable item for the Food Bank, if appropriate. The maximum number of participants will be four and 2 metres of physical distancing will be maintained at all times. Nordic walking poles (sanitized after each use) are provided. Several pairs of ice cleats are also available for use (also santizied between uses). This is an ideal way to get in some joyful, social, immune-boosting exercise while meeting Alberta Health's COVID-19 restrictions.  Nordic walking is a valuable skill to learn and the sessions are perfect for residents living alone in the Bow Valley who are most in need of opportunities to socialize safely.

Here is a list of outings on offer:

Sessions must be pre-booked and booked at least 24 hours in advance. See below for details.

Saturday, December 19: Nordic walking tour, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, meeting on Hubman's Landing near Three Sisters Blvd. and walking to the waterfall on Three Sisters Creek via the Highline connector trail.

Wednesday, December 23: Quick-Start Nordic walking session, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.  Starting from the front of the Malcolm Hotel and finishing with a walk along the Malcolm Hotel's "Candy Cane Lane."

Thursday, December 24: Quick-Start Nordic walking session, starting from the front of the Malcolm Hotel, 9:30 am - 11:00 am.

Saturday, December 26:  Nordic walking tour, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, meeting in the Grassi-Lakes day-use area and walking to Grassi Lakes

Tuesday, December 29:  Nordic walking tour, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, meeting in front of the Malcolm Hotel and walking up to and around Quarry Lake and return.

Thursday, December 31:  Nordic walking tour, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, meeting at the Goat Creek day-use area and walking along the High Rockies trail.  


  • Grassi Lakes

  • High Rockies Trail

  • High Rockies Trail

  • High Rockies Trail

  • Grassi Lakes

HOW TO BOOK: Please book on line at this link and go to the blue "Nordic Walking Tours" tab. Go to the calendar and select the date and tour you wish to register for.  Select "book now" then click on Promo Code and enter the code BVXMAS. Valid photo ID must be presented at the start of your tour. While multiple bookings can be made, if demand exceeds capacity, then the number of bookings per individual may be scaled back.  Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Wishing you all the best for a very different holiday season!  

Season's Greetings!

Mandy Johnson

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:

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.

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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