Do you WANT TO PARTNER and build a walking initiative into your organization’s programming? Get in touch in you have an idea! Check out my Walk 150 initiative below to get an idea of partnership possibilities.
Making Calgary feel like home, one step at a time!
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Lori Beattie, owner or Fit Frog and author of Calgary’s Best Walks, created WALK 150. Lori donated 1500 copies of her book, Calgary’s Best Walks, to local charities and worked with many of them to build a walking initiative into their programming.
Walk 150- the experience
“Young and old, all backgrounds, newcomers and old-timers from all walks of life- chatting, walking and connecting on free guided urban walks. What you cannot hear from the photos are the conversations that were had. Connections were made, to the city and to fellow walkers, eyes were opened to new places, new perspectives and the good feeling everyone had after moving their bodies in the great outdoors, along pathways, sidewalks and nature trails. The simple walk is perfect and pleasurable.” Lori Beattie
READ ABOUT THE WALK 150 WALKS on Facebook
May 13, Walk 150 walk. Feature language was Arabic!
May 22, the walk in the Weaslhead. Feature language was Tagalog!
May 31 Walk 150 Walk from Louise Riley Library. Feature language was Mandarin!
June 3 Walk 150 walk from Central Library. 100 people! Feature language was Mandarin!
The last Walk 150 walk happened in February 2018 but there could be a new initiative around the corner! To keep up to date on ALL FREE walks, and workshops, follow the @calgarysbestwalks Facebook page.
WALK 150: WALKING BUILDS COMMUNITIES
“Calgary is a walking city! Fresh, crisp air, big blue skies, nature tucked into all quadrants, hidden stairways, over 500 km of paved pathways and wonderful independent cafe’s where you can stop and recharge. I think the best way to celebrate Canada’s birthday is to introduce Calgarians to their wonderful city, to help them meet their neighbours, to help them experience the pleasure, the perspective, that comes from taking a walk.” Lori Beattie
Join author of Calgary’s Best Walks, Lori Beattie, for FREE urban walkabouts that lead you along the pathways, single track trails, to viewpoints, into neighbourhoods and into the wilds of Calgary’s parks. All details and registration at Calgary Public Library.
WORKSHOPS: Creating and Leading Great Walks
Join Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks and 20 year walking and hiking guide with Fit Frog Adventures, for a half day workshop on creating and leading great walks. This 3 hour workshop will begin with with a 45 minute presentation on what makes a great walk followed by a 2 hour walk to learn about route creation, group dynamics and management, and how to be an unobtrusive walk leader; letting people discover for themselves, the pleasure, the perspective, that comes from taking a walk.
Walking in Calgary is perfect and pleasurable. It brings people to the sidewalks, pathways and park trails to interact with each other, to soak up the great outdoors and to get to know their city. My goal through my writing, walk leadership and the Walk 150 initiative is to show people that the simple walk is exactly what we all need to feel healthy, happy and a part of Calgary. Once people experience the pleasure, the perspective, which comes from taking a walk, they will be hooked. And with more people out and about, interacting with their city on foot, Calgary becomes a more engaged, vibrant, inclusive and welcoming city. Okay, let’s walk!
Canada 150th Community Fund Grant for Walk 150 initiative
In partnership with the Calgary Library Foundation and Centre for Newcomers, I am happy to have received a Canada 150 Community Fund grant to offer many free walks with my partners organizations throughout 2017. I will also be giving “Leading and Creating great Walks” workshops for the Calgary Public Library and the Centre for Newcomers so that the library and the Centre can continue to offer walk programs in house and for the public. Walk 150 is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
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WALK 150 partners: Walking Builds Communities
Welcoming newcomers and celebrating diversity
Centre for Newcomers: Celebrating diversity and our multicultural city. FREE multi-lingual guided Walks in 2017 as part of the Walk 150 initiative.
Vibrant Calgary! Connecting communities and meeting your neighbours
Calgary Public Library and Calgary Library Foundation: FREE Guided Walks and FREE Workshops on Creating and leading Great Walks in 2017 as part of the Walk 150 initiative.
Celebrating Calgary’s natural abundance, the wilds of the city
Good Grief!: Nature walking through grief and loss: an 8 week program that ran in Spring 2017 with Friends of Fish Creek Park. Check with the Friends of Fish Creek Park for future Good Grief programs.
Friends of Fish Creek Park, Alberta Parks and Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University
Walking for health
Alzheimer Association of Calgary: Improving brain health one step at a time.