Walking Builds Communities! Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Lori Beattie, owner or Fit Frog and author of Calgary’s Best Walks, has created WALK 150. Lori is donating 1500 copies of her book, Calgary’s Best Walks, to local charities and working with many of them to build a walking initiative into their programming.
READ ABOUT THE WALK 150 WALKS!
Check out my Facebook post on the May 13, Walk 150 walk. Feature language was Arabic!
And my Facebook post on May 22, the walk in the Weaslhead. Feature language was Tagalog!
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
July 8 and August 13: 1-4:30 pm
Registration is FREE and will begin mid June through Calgary Library
Details on calendar for Walk 150 events
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 Guided Walks in various languages begin in May and June with Calgary Public Library. Check our calendar for FREE Walk 150 events and watch for the May/June program guide and register on-line at Calgary Public Library.
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 Spring through Fall with Calgary Public Library. Check our calendar for FREE Walk 150 events, The Calgary Library Website and Library Connect brochure. Register on-line at Calgary Public Library
Celebrating Calgary’s natural abundance, the wilds of the city
Good Grief!: Nature walking through grief and loss: 8 week program beginning on May 8, 7pm-8pm, 2017 with Friends of Fish Creek Park
Friends of Fish Creek Park, Alberta Parks and Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Mount Royal University
April 20 at 7 -8 pm: Join Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks, for a presentation on Calgary’s Best Walks and learn more about the “Good Grief!: Nature walking through grief and loss” walking program. Registration through Friends of Fish Creek Park.
Walking for health
Alzheimer Association of Calgary: Improving brain health one step at a time.