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!

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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The Joy of a Good Walk this Holiday Season

Posted by on November 29, 2014 in active families, Active kids, Blog, Urban Adventures, urban hiking, Walking | Comments Off

  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 texts and in fact, leave the phone behind and walk away. Keep walking until you feel alive (sane),...

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Mayor Nenshi’s Calgary Walk Challenge

Posted by on September 9, 2014 in active families, Active kids, active transport, Blog, cycling, self-propelled, Urban Adventures | Comments Off

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 kids to walk or bike to school and my video of my son’s bike gang was part of the launch. Mayor...

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My path to becoming an author video

Posted by on June 9, 2014 in author, Blog, self-propelled, urban hiking, Walking | Comments Off

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, architects and police, we were hard to categorize. I guess you could have called us “niche” or...

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Take an purposeless walk to boost creativity

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Blog, self-propelled, urban hiking, Walking, Wellness | Comments Off

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, speaking about slowing the pace and walking more, and always encouraging people to leave the...

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

Posted by on January 13, 2014 in active families, Active kids, active transport, Blog, self-propelled, urban cycling, walking and the built environment, walking for transportation | Comments Off

  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 Herald. Last week his school sent the letter below to the school community and handed it to some of...

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