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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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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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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Merry, snowy Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!             I hope you will join us on the snowy trails this winter! The snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is fantastic right now in the Alberta and British Columbia Rocky Mountains. The urban hikes in Calgary are great year-round. Come on out for a fresh walk and cup of coffee at unique local coffee shops in Calgary. Check our calendar of events, the winter programs begin on...

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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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Snowshoe the Rockies (with the kids!)

Snowshoe the Rockies (with the kids!)

It’s time to play in the snow! Grab your friends and your family,  a duffel bag full of clothes, your backpacks, some snowshoes, a crazy carpet, a shovel (for building snow forts at the trailhead!) and a heck of a lot of yummy food and thermoses of hot drinks; you are going snowshoeing in the Rockies! Snowshoeing is as easy as walking! It’s simply left, right and repeat. There is no skill needed, no technique. But you do need to...

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Self-propelled kids in Calgary, cycling to school, even at -30!

Self-propelled kids in Calgary, cycling to school, even at -30!

Journalist Tom Babin at the Calgary Herald  just did a fantastic story on some cycle commuting kids in Calgary. One of them, my son, was part of that gang. Like I said in my previous post when I critiqued the Alberta Walkability Project, the built environment plays a minor role in getting people to be more active on a day to day basis. What makes these kids bike instead of taking the warm school bus is that it’s fun to bike!! It’s...

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Glaciers, lakes and waterfalls! Hiking the Iceline Trail and ratatouille at Takkakaw Falls

Glaciers, lakes and waterfalls! Hiking the Iceline Trail and ratatouille at Takkakaw Falls

  In Yoho National Park, BC, there is a hike that has it all. The Iceline Trail is a switch-back climb to glaciers, water features spreading across glacier scraped rocks, lakes and views of Takkakaw Falls, Canada’s highest waterfall, pouring off the Daly Glacier. We hiked the Iceline last weekend, on a spectacular blue sky fall day. We’ll repeat this fantastic getaway next summer, on August 23-25, 2013. It will be a lodge based...

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