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Active by Nature: The Final Year

  • Written By:
    Mandy Johnson
  • Published
    02 January 2023
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Active by Nature: The Final Year

After a 50 year career in the fields of fitness, health, recreation and tourism, I am planning to retire in early January of 2024. Yes indeed, 2023 will be the last full year of Active by Nature guided hikes in Canmore and Kananaskis. If you have been planning to join me for a guided hike but haven't got around to it yet, you have a year to do it. If you have already hiked with me, let's do one or two more! I am planning for this year to be the busiest yet. I have ambitiously expanded my offerings of guided hikes for this final year.

This winter, why not join my on a snowshoe hike on Ribbon Creek Trail near Kananaskis Village, a hike to Raven's End on the flanks of Mt. Yamnuska or a winter ice walk up Grotto Canyon?

By this spring, local favourites Grassi Lakes Trail and Ha Ling Trail should be re-opened. When the first flowers appear, a hike in Bow Valley Provincial Park including Middle Lake and Many Springs is an excellent choice.

This summer, I would highly recommend a visit to Chester Lake or a brand new full-day 15 km hike circumnavigating Upper Kananaskis Lake. Black Prince Cirque is another fabulous destination, once the snow has melted and Warspite Lake is full, creating magnificent mountain reflections. If you enjoy seeing alpine flowers, then Chester Lake, Burstall Pass or Jumpingpound Ridge are my summer recommendations. I am pleased to announce I have more Canmore area hikes to offer, including hikes in Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park which has some pretty nice alpine flowers in summer!

My fall larch hikes will focus on stunning Burstall Pass and equally stunning Buller Pass.

Any time of year is a good time to visit Troll Falls and new for 2023 Canmore hikes along the Montane Traverse including Meander Trail and Johnny's Trail.

 I hope to see you on the trails this year!


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!

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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

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Winter Hikes Cognito Form

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