CTV Calgary Walking Wednesday: Briar Hill and Hounsfield Heights Urban Hike, NW

Have you walked Briar Hill and West Hillhurst in Calgary’s northwest lately? How about Hounsfield Heights, the Mount Royal of the North? I featured the Briar Hill & Housfield Heights on my CTV Morning segment this week. This route is a wonderful mix of neighbourhoods, single track trail green space climbs with phenomenal downtown Calgary views, gardens, and the Bow River. And you’ll be pleased to know that the route travels past...

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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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Calgary’s Best Walks Guidebook coming March 2015!

www.calgarysbestwalks.ca Best-selling author of Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks and Calgary’s Best Bike Rides and Trails, Lori Beattie is back with a brand-new guidebook. Full colour maps, informative walk descriptions and sidebars, lead and inform you as you walk throughout Calgary. Calgary’s“Queen of the Urban Hike” is back with a new guidebook that leads locals and visitors throughout the best parks, neighbourhoods, people-watching streets...

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The Joy of a Good Walk this Holiday Season

  With the Christmas season is upon us, things start to get a bit hectic. The malls fill up with shoppers (including you), family come from afar to stay in your guest room, you cook and bake for said family, you make lists, and look for parking at Chinook mall, and then you start to wonder WHAT exactly what is so great about the “holiday” season. I am here to tell you that a good walk is all that you need.   Turn off your...

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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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