Hiker Lori Blog


Welcome to my blog! I also keep an updated Walk Blog on my books website, Calgary’s Best Walks. It is updated daily.

I’ll write about all things self-propelled and tasty. My favourite subjects are walking, urban hiking, hiking the Rockies (or anywhere else!), active transport on foot and bike and cooking colourful food with fantastic flavours. I also love to write about my active adventures with my kids and husband in Calgary, across Canada and anywhere else we visit.



Why walk you ask? Because it is enjoyable!

I like Michael Moore’s reasons, check WALK WITH MIKE.

Also, check out Doc. Evans on YouTube 23 1/2 hours for a bunch more reasons.


Check my other blog, Calgary Walk Blog, which is updated daily on my book Calgary’s Best Walks, website. Thanks!

CTV Morning Walking Wednesday: Edworthy Douglas Fir Trail & Wildwood, NW Calgary

Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

I featured the Douglas Fir Trail and Wildwood on my CTV Morning segment today. Wanna sweat? Check it out! Hidden amongst the most easterly stand of Douglas fir trees that tower above the Bow River is the Douglas Fir Trail. Stairs, bridges, creeks, and narrow winding paths dip and climb 60 m from the river valley to the lookout point. A fantastic trail for physical training, it is also a shaded wilderness oasis in the height of the summer. Trees, some more than 2 m in diameter, and multitudes of western Canada violets line the trail. Descend...

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CTV Walking Wednesday Segment: Calgary Downtown Art Walk, River Walk, Beltline and 17 Avenue

Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

We explored to Downtown Art Walk on my CTV Walking Wednesday segment today. Check it out here: http://ow.ly/Osnlq  Engage in this public-art treasure hunt through the downtown core. Public art is always a surprise, a distraction from the business towers above you and the cars, people, and sidewalks surrounding you. Modern-day urban planners design streetscapes for the benefit of pedestrians, integrating the unexpected into the everyday built environment. The unpredictable is what makes walking in the city so enjoyable. Slow your pace and...

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CTV Morning Walk Wednesday – Nose Hill Park

Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

This week I featured a Nose Hill Park route from my book, Calgary’s Best Walks, on my Walk Wednesday segment on CTV morning. Nose Hill is Canada’s second largest urban park. The largest is Fish Creek Park, also in Calgary. It is also the highest point in the city so the views from the hill are phenomenal. Watch my segment and then grab my book to take a walk and explore the natural oasis in the heart of the city. CTV MORNING NOSE HILL...

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Calgary is Canada’s BEST city for Walking!

Posted by on June 6, 2015 in active families, Active kids, Blog, self-propelled, Urban Adventures, urban hiking, Walking, walking for transportation | Comments Off

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 walk in Calgary, from most neighbourhoods, can lead to a complete immersion in the wilderness...

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CTV Morning Walking Wednesdays!

Posted by on June 3, 2015 in active families, Blog, guidebook, Urban Adventures | Comments Off

I am so HAPPY to be sharing a walk from my book every Wednesday, June through September on CTV Morning at 7:56 am. Today I featured Ramsay and Inglewood, route 35 in Calgary’s Best Walks. It is quirky and varied, with views of the Rockies, and lots of nature and artwork along the River Walk pathway.  Oh yes, and some great coffee, restaurant and shopping stops along 9 Avenue. Check it out here! Next week, Nose Hill!

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Calgary Herald Book Review!

Posted by on March 29, 2015 in active families, Active kids, author, Blog, self-propelled, urban hiking, Walking | Comments Off

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 video!

Posted by on February 19, 2015 in active families, Active kids, active transport, author, Blog, guidebook, Urban Adventures, urban hiking, Walking | Comments Off

My book, Calgary’s Best Walks, is released on March 9, 2015! Here’s a teaser video to get your pumped up about walking in Calgary. Check the books website for more information on the book, and a full list of book launch events!  

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WIN a copy of Calgary’s Best Walks Guidebook!

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Blog, guidebook | Comments Off

What is your favourite place to walk in Calgary? Why do you walk? Write to me and send you photos! There are so many reasons to take a walk in Calgary, in any city. Urban walking can be about art or wilderness, sidewalk shopping or training on stairs. Perhaps your favourite walk leads you to a diner with a great breakfast or maybe you get away, into nature and enjoy fewer distractions. I want to hear from everyone and anyone about their favourite Calgary walks. I want to see your photos. I hope to learn about hidden pathways and stairways...

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Calgary’s Best Walks Guidebook coming March 2015!

Posted by on January 20, 2015 in active families, Active kids, Blog, guidebook, Urban Adventures, urban hiking, Walking, Wellness | Comments Off

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 and pathways of Calgary. Stroll the River Walk past the East Village, climb out of the downtown core...

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Chester Lake Snowshoe, the best Christmas present of all!

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in active families, Active kids, Blog, Rocky Mountain hikes, snowshoe | Comments Off

Give the gift of the Rocky Mountains this Christmas! I snowshoed Chester Lake in The Kananaskis Rockies, yesterday and it was absolute perfection. And abundance of glittering powdery snow, and mountain peaks all around. MERRY CHRISTMAS I say! For details on snowshoe trails in the Kananaskis, check the Alberta Parks website.  You can also join us, on our many snowshoe outings in December through March. BE PREPARED, BE SAFE and HAVE FUN!   1. AVALANCHE AWARENESS- Be aware that the snowshoe trails in the park are created to keep you away...

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