Hiker Lori Blog

Welcome to my blog! I’ll write about all things self-propelled and tasty. My favourite subjects are 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.  Please subscribe to my blog!

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My path to becoming an author video

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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

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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!

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  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...

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Be healthier in 2014 with these “revolutionary” treatments

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Be healthier in 2014 with these “revolutionary” treatments

  From the Globe and Mail article on Jan. 5, Fifteen things Canadians can do to be healthier this year, here are two fantastic suggestions by two experts in mental and physical wellness; get outside and walk more! Living a healthy lifestyle is pretty simple stuff.           Try a revolutionary ‘new’ treatment There is a super expensive new drug coming out. It reduces heart disease by 60 per cent, cancer by 27 per cent, Alzheimer’s by 50 per cent and arthritis by 47 per cent. It’s now our best treatment...

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Merry, snowy Christmas!

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Merry, snowy Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!             I hope you will join us on the snowy trails this winter! The snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is fantastic right now in the Alberta and British Columbia Rocky Mountains. The urban hikes in Calgary are great year-round. Come on out for a fresh walk and cup of coffee at unique local coffee shops in Calgary. Check our calendar of events, the winter programs begin on January 7th. Come once or get a membership for the winter session. Join us for a fresh, outdoor, active...

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Where to hike in the Rockies and Calgary after the Alberta flood?

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Helen Lake Trail, Banff National Park I have been researching trails to hike after the June flooding and thought I would share my findings. The most up-to-date information on where to hike after the flood can be found at this link . It is a wonderful resource of all the post-flood trail conditions in Kananaskis and Banff National Park. Thanks to Rachel for putting this together! Douglas Fir Trail, Edworthy Park, Calgary And for those of you who want to hit the urban trails, most routes from my guidebook, Calgary’s Best Hikes and...

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Calgary’s Best Urban Hikes Series: Inglewood, Harvie Passage, The Bird Sanctuary and The Blackfoot Diner

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Calgary’s Best Urban Hikes Series: Inglewood, Harvie Passage, The Bird Sanctuary and The Blackfoot Diner

      The Blackfoot Diner milkshake is “Like sucking cake through a straw”               I am having a lot of fun researching my new book, a brand new version of my book Calgary’s Best Hikes and Walks. On Mother’s Day, my family joined me to test a new route for the book in the Inglewood, SE area. We started at 15 St, SE and followed the Bow River Pathway to Pearce Estate Park and the new Harvie Passage Whitewater Park on the Bow River. Harvie Passage water park...

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Kids winter biking to school video! Self-propelled, independent kids in Calgary

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Kids winter biking to school video! Self-propelled, independent kids in Calgary

My son and his biking pals made the Calgary Herald newspaper in the fall of 2012 after being spotted biking to school in a snowstorm. And they have made the Calgary Herald again in March 2013 due to their cycling habit. They bike year round, on their own, no overseeing parents. This used to be commonplace, but nowadays, parents don’t let their kids enjoy the independence that they so love and crave. The kids were asked to present at the Safe and Smooth Symposium on March 21, 2013. I produced this video for the presentation. Check it...

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Snowshoe the Rockies (with the kids!)

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Snowshoe the Rockies (with the kids!)

It’s time to play in the snow! Grab your friends and your family,  a duffel bag full of clothes, your backpacks, some snowshoes, a crazy carpet, a shovel (for building snow forts at the trailhead!) and a heck of a lot of yummy food and thermoses of hot drinks; you are going snowshoeing in the Rockies! Snowshoeing is as easy as walking! It’s simply left, right and repeat. There is no skill needed, no technique. But you do need to have some cardiovascular fitness because it can be challenging when you step off the beaten trail. And...

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Self-propelled kids in Calgary, cycling to school, even at -30!

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Self-propelled kids in Calgary, cycling to school, even at -30!

Journalist Tom Babin at the Calgary Herald  just did a fantastic story on some cycle commuting kids in Calgary. One of them, my son, was part of that gang. Like I said in my previous post when I critiqued the Alberta Walkability Project, the built environment plays a minor role in getting people to be more active on a day to day basis. What makes these kids bike instead of taking the warm school bus is that it’s fun to bike!! It’s fun to bike on any day and especially through the snow and ice. It’s also fun to do it with...

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