Calgary is Canada’s BEST city for Walking!

Yes, it is true. I have walked Canadian cities from coast to coast and this I know is true, Calgary is the best city for walking, by a long shot. What makes Calgary such a walking paradise is the way nature is integrated into all parts of the city. When you add canopies of trees to a street, it makes for a nicer walk. Our urban forests blanket communities thanks to early parks superintendents William Reader and William Pearce.     A...

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Calgary Herald Book Review!

It was an excellent start to a Saturday morning when I opened the Calgary Herald newspaper, wait, I didn’t have to open it since I WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE! Sorry to yell, but it was a great start indeed. Click on the photos below to read the stories on the Calgary Herald website. See you out there, walking the city!   BLOG NOTE: I post more often on the www.calgarysbestwalks.ca blog    ...

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Mayor Nenshi’s Calgary Walk Challenge

Mayor Nenshi’s Calgary Walk Challenge

I joined Mayor Nenshi at Calgary’s City Hall this morning to be part of the launch of the Major’s “Walk Challenge”. The Mayor is challenging all Calgarians to walk more, to choose active transportation, for their health and for the health of the city. Calgary Herald Article Calgary Sun Article                   WALK OR BIKE TO SCHOOL Today’s launch focussed on getting...

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My path to becoming an author video

Last week I presented to some Calgary junior high kids at a career day. I was asked to tell them how I became an author. It was a fun event where I was grouped with other professionals who also presented. There was me, a CFL football player, Rocco Romano, who is in the Hall of Fame (how cool is that!), and an artist who paints with various mediums. We were categorized in the room called “other”. Unlike the doctors, lawyers,...

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Take an purposeless walk to boost creativity

Take an purposeless walk to boost creativity

As I work away on my brand new urban hiking guidebook, Calgary’s Best Urban Hikes (due out Spring 2015!), I am happy to be able to procrastinate and read a wonderful article about all the benefits of taking a walk. I know about all of these benefits since walking is what I love, what I write about and how I spend much of my time. Walking through Calgary has become my life; leading people on urban walks, publishing urban hiking guidebooks,...

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Self-propelled kids in Calgary told to make way for drivers when CBE letter should have said: DRIVE LESS!

  The letter below should have began with: WATCH OUT FOR GROUPS OF KIDS ON FOOT AND BIKE! PLEASE DRIVE LESS OR AVOID DRIVING ON THE SIDE-STREETS AROUND SCHOOLS My son has been a self-propelled commuter to school and back all his life. When he moved schools in grade 5 he changed from walking to cycling since the school was further away. I have blogged and videoed about his bike gang and they have been written up by Tom Babin in the Calgary...

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Be healthier in 2014 with these “revolutionary” treatments

Be healthier in 2014 with these “revolutionary” treatments

  From the Globe and Mail article on Jan. 5, Fifteen things Canadians can do to be healthier this year, here are two fantastic suggestions by two experts in mental and physical wellness; get outside and walk more! Living a healthy lifestyle is pretty simple stuff.           Try a revolutionary ‘new’ treatment There is a super expensive new drug coming out. It reduces heart disease by 60 per cent, cancer by 27 per...

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Calgary’s Best Urban Hikes Series: Inglewood, Harvie Passage, The Bird Sanctuary and The Blackfoot Diner

Calgary’s Best Urban Hikes Series: Inglewood, Harvie Passage, The Bird Sanctuary and The Blackfoot Diner

      The Blackfoot Diner milkshake is “Like sucking cake through a straw”               I am having a lot of fun researching my new book, a brand new version of my book Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks. On Mother’s Day, my family joined me to test a new route for the book in the Inglewood, SE area. We started at 15 St, SE and followed the Bow River Pathway to Pearce Estate...

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