Join Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks (March 2015)Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks and Calgary’s Best Bike Rides and Trails and owner of Fit Frog Adventures, and learn about off-the-beaten-path self-propelled adventures (hiking, snowshoeing and xc skiing!) in the heart of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. This slide show wellness presentation takes over hill and down dale through Calgary’s natural areas and eclectic neighbourhoods and into the Rocky Mountains and Southern Alberta wilderness.

While most Calgarians head to the Rocky Mountains for adventure, it seems unlikely that Calgary could be an outdoor destination in itself.  For intrepid urban hikers, Calgary’s concrete jungle is more than office towers, SUVs and suburbia. It is a mix of funky shopping districts, architecturally-interesting neighbourhoods, pockets of nature, parks, pathways and tasty local eateries. It’s the vast range of treasures in a small, easily navigated space that makes exploring the city on foot so appealing.  And if you are one of those time-crunched urbanites that are over-booked and under-vacationed, urban hiking is your ticket to being a tourist in your own city. Self-propelled urban mini-vacations keep your body fit and your mind intrigued. And there’s no better time than the long days of summer to start your walking habit. You’ll get landscaping and gardening ideas en route, soak up the smells of wild roses and barbecued steak, shade yourself under the canopy of full grown poplars that line inner-city streets, and enjoy a picnic lunch or supper that you purchased at a local shop. A cultured walk could include pit-stops at galleries, the Glenbow Museum or, yee haw, the Stampede grounds in July.

Mother Nature is easy to find in Calgary, so if you prefer solitude and earthy terrain then point your walking shoes to the Glenmore Reservoir, Nose Hill Park in the north, or Fish Creek Park in the south. And for the ultimate mix of the urban vibe, breathtaking vistas and architectural variety, start your travels on the populated shopping streets of Kensington, Inglewood, Bridgeland, Mission, 17 Avenue SW or Marda Loop.

Keep walking year–round and see how neighbourhoods change with the seasons and with renovations. Move beyond the city trails and learn about the hikes and snowshoe treks in the Southern Rockies and foothills. For anyone who wants step off the beaten path, slow their pace and rid their body of stress then an endurance activity like walking is ideal. Join Lori and see for yourself why Calgary is the perfect place for self-propelled outdoor exploration.

Slide-show & urban walk presentation options


  • 30 minute- 1.5 hour presentations





Calgary’s Best Walks

WALK THERE! The benefits and pleasures of walking for all ages

Self-propelled living: hang up the car keys and lace up your walking shoes

Snowshoeing is as easy as walking! Learn how and where in Calgary and the Rockies

Calgary’s Urban Cycling & Transit adventures for the whole family

Choose a Lifestyle not a Gym: Hikes, walks and strolls in Calgary and the Alberta Rocky Mountains

Urban Hiking: Healthy Communities = Healthy citizens

Hiking to Health: Marketing the Great Outdoors


Why walk you ask? Walking is wellness! Check out Doc. Evans on YouTube 23 1/2 hours.


More topics are possible.
Please call Lori at 403-229-4299 or email at lorib @ for a speakers proposal and quote.