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Introducing Active by Nature's 2021 Season

Introducing Active by Nature's 2021 Season

Walking, Nordic Walking & Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

Active by Nature is thrilled to be offering more things to do when visiting Canmore and Kananaskis this spring, summer and fall.  Here is a rundown of what is new as well as a few returning favourites:


Mountain Vistas Hike

  • Join us for a 5.5 hour hike that has a fantastic scenery reward for the effort you put into it.
  • Located just 20 minutes from Canmore, this Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park hike is a personal favourite, yet to be discovered by the masses.
  • The trail meanders through a forest alongside a mountain stream before ascending steadily but gently up a forest road which brings you out into a stunning alpine meadow with spectacular views.
  • We take a lunch or snack break at a lookout with panoramic views… thus, the name “Mountain Vistas”.
  • 11 km long with 400 metres of elevation gain.

The Ha Ling Half

  • Have you wondered what it might be like to hike up Ha Ling, but you are not sure if this hike is for you?
  • This guided hike leads you a little over half way up the well-defined designated hiking trail that finishes as the “saddle” of Ha Ling. 
  • The Ha Ling Half goes to a spectacular lookout with views of the Spray Valley, Goat Creek Valley, Bow Valley and East End of Rundle.
  • Allow 3 - 3.5 hours for this hike, which is approximately 3.5 km with 400 metres of elevation gain.
  • Up for more of a challenge, then Active by Nature also offers a longer hike to the saddle of Ha Ling, at the end of the established hiking trail.  We do NOT scramble up to the summit.

Burstall Pass

  • This is a full day hike that will cover 15 km with 470 metres of elevation gain in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
  • We will start out on a logging road, traverse gravel flats with a braided stream, ascend into a stunning alpine meadow and finally top out at Burstall Pass, with spectacular views into Banff National Park that will take your breath away.
  • If timed right, the alpine flowers are spectacular.



Starting June 22nd, we will be partnering with Canmore Raft Tours to offer the 2hr 15 min walk and float on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 5 time slots to choose from throughout the day.  This is the perfect pairing of an active and invigorating Nordic walk with a relaxing, super scenic float down the Bow River.  The Nordic walking portion will have most people learning a valuable new activity they are bound to love and practise wherever and whenever they go walking or hiking.  The float will offer opportunities to see wildlife as well as seeing and photographing the Town's iconic mountains from the perspective of the river.   


The Three Sisters Pathway Walk or Nordic Walk

This tour will take people from the edge of Canmore’s downtown, past beautiful homes, past the historic #2 mine site, along the Bow River and through the woods.
The tour will end at the Market Bistro in Three Sisters Mountain Village where we will enjoy a drink before taking ROAM transit back to our starting point.

For a full listing of all Active by Nature walks and hikes and more details, visit To learn more about other things to do when visiting Canmore, be sure to check out the following blog posts:

An Introduction to Canmore, Alberta
Canmore, Month-by-Month

In consideration of the continuing COVID pandemic, group sizes will be limited to eight on the walk and float package and six on all other Active by Nature outings. Nordic walking poles are sanitized after every use. Two metres of physical distancing is maintained between people of different cohorts.

We look forward to seeing you on the pathways and trails this season!

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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