Hiker Lori Blog

Welcome to my blog! Mostly you find my “everything outdoors & tasty” updates on Instagram and Facebook.

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 across Canada and anywhere else we visit.

 

 

Calgary’s Little Free Libraries Map

Posted by on October 18, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Calgary’s Little Free Libraries Map

Calgary’s Little Free Libraries Map

I found this fantastic map for Calgary’s Little Free Libraries so wanted to share it. There is also a Facebook group for Little Free Libraries in Calgary. These libraries make for wonderful destinations while on walkbout. Pick up or drop off books while exploring new neighbourhoods. Get a copy of my NEW expanded edition of Calgary’s Best Walks and start exploring Calgary on foot! Or join some FREE book launch...

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My Travel Alberta article on Best Walks in Calgary and Edmonton!

Posted by on October 15, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on My Travel Alberta article on Best Walks in Calgary and Edmonton!

Here are some great STAYCATION walkabouts for you as you think about some adventures to have in Alberta. Check out my Travel Alberta Article for suggestions with maps. So many great walks and tasty pitstops. Let’s Walk! #UpTheAlley behind the Calgary Central...

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CTV Staycation Series: Fall Rockies Hikes, larches and more

Posted by on September 16, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Staycation Series: Fall Rockies Hikes, larches and more

CTV Staycation Series: Fall Rockies Hikes, larches and more

So much colour in the Rockies right now! I shared a few beautiful hikes with CTV viewers and you can watch the segment below. Raven’s End trail at Yamnuska is all Apsens and colourful shrubs, Three Lakes Valley in Spray Lakes Provincial Park is spectacular larches and turquoise lakes and The Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park is year-round waterfalls and glaciers and stunning views. So many colours right now, in the city and the mountains. See you out...

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CTV Staycation Series: Fun Family Walks

Posted by on August 15, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Staycation Series: Fun Family Walks

CTV Staycation Series: Fun Family Walks

What makes a great family walk? Destinations, single track trails, massive glacial erratics that traveled from Lake Louise area on glaciers 15,000 years ago, chickadees that land on your hands, off-leash running, waterfalls, creeks with fish and ducks, folk art and fairy gardens and little free libraries in neighbourhoods. Oh yeah, and great snacks!! Check out my CTV segment to learn of three excellent kid, parent, grandparent, and dog Calgary walks. Find these walkabouts in my book, Calgary’s Best Walks! Everyone loves a...

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CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Urban Pup Walks

Posted by on August 7, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Urban Pup Walks

CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Urban Pup Walks

There are so many great walkabouts for dogs in Calgary. I shared a few today on CTV Morning Live. A mix of on and off leash, views and saskatoon berry grazing made these walks pretty awesome for pup and her people. All of the walks, with off-leash areas marked, are in my book Calgary’s Best Walks. Grab a copy from me or at bookstores, Steeling Home, or at Mountain Equipment Co-op. Happy pup...

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CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Wild Walkabouts in Calgary

Posted by on July 31, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Wild Walkabouts in Calgary

CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Wild Walkabouts in Calgary

If you are craving some big nature but don’t have time to leave the city, you are in luck. I shared some wild walkabouts with CTV viewers that get you away from it all in the heart of Calgary. And if you need walking route maps for all of these areas grab a copy of my book, Calgary’s Best...

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CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Calgary wildflower & Botanical garden walks

Posted by on July 24, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Calgary wildflower & Botanical garden walks

CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Calgary wildflower & Botanical garden walks

The wildflowers and gardens are in full bloom in Calgary right now! I dropped into CTV and shared a couple of fantastic flower walkabouts. Join me at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and The Botanical Gardens of Silbersprings. And check out the blog post that I wrote about these area. Blog Post: Calgary Flower...

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Flowery walkabouts in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, Calgary

Posted by on July 20, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Flowery walkabouts in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs, Calgary

  I am featuring NW Calgary flower walks this Friday, July 24, 2020 (8:38 am) on my CTV morning live outdoor staycation segment. The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park are two walks with an abundance of colour; one manicured and one wild. You can find the Glenbow Ranch map and suggested walks in my book, Calgary’s Best Walks. And you can find Glenbow Ranch interpretive brochures in Arabic, Tagalog, Punjabi, Spanish, French at the Glenbow Ranch website and at the parks info centre. Happy walking!  ...

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CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Spray Lakes Provincial Park hikes and afternoon tea

Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Spray Lakes Provincial Park hikes and afternoon tea

CTV Outdoor Staycation Series: Spray Lakes Provincial Park hikes and afternoon tea

I featured some amazing hikes and routes in Spray Lakes Provincial Park on CTV today. Be sure to read my Hiking Kananaskis 101 blog post for critical info on maps and routes and when a hike is not a hike before venturing into this remote area (with no cell coverage!) And plan to have time to stop at Mount Engadine Lodge for afternoon tea (2-5 pm every day, reserve at the moment). Sit on the deck and watch the world (and moose) go...

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Hiking in Kananaskis 101: Maps, route finding and when a hike is not a hike

Posted by on July 14, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Hiking in Kananaskis 101: Maps, route finding and when a hike is not a hike

Hiking in Kananaskis 101: Maps, route finding and when a hike is not a hike

It is wonderful to see so many people discovering the Kananaskis. There are many amazing walks, hikes, routes and scrambles in this part of the Rocky Mountains and the foothills. If you are new to the area it is critical to understand that most of the hikes you read about on All Trails have very little or no signage. Many of the “hikes” you read about are actually routes or scrambles. Routes and scrambles do not have any trail signage, they are simply a route that users have created. And even though the path may be well followed,...

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