Active by Nature
Active by Nature
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Walking Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Active by Nature leads walking tours & Nordic walking tours, & guided hikes, year round, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Canmore. Walks are conducted on the town's recreational trail system, featuring spectacular scenery and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The initial focus on the Nordic walks is developing the skills of Nordic walking. Think of it as cross-country skiing without the skis! This activity TURBO-CHARGES a walk, turning into a workout that targets all your core muscles as well as your arms and legs. Nordic walking burns mega-calories compared to just walking while the use of poles also promotes great posture, off-loads stress from hips and knees and provides exceptional stability on all terrain. There is lots of opportunity to explore and learn about this unique mountain town. Outings are between 1 hr 30 min & 2 hours. Age 12 & over. Hikes & snowshoe hikes on select trails in nearby Kananaskis Country are also scheduled on a monthly basis.
Canmore, Alberta, Canada

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Deep M
Dubai32 contributions
Oct. 2022
We travelled 13500kms to Alberta all the way from Dubai and knew little about the area. Given it was October, the weather was expected to be unpredictable and our experience in dealing with wildlife was minimal.

Mandy Johnson was very patient and attentive to our needs and provided us with much necessary guidance and contacts for our onward journey on our private hike. Mandy had something amazing two days planned for us where we did the three sisters pathway during the late afternoon of our arrival and we also did Wind Ridge Viewpoint.

Mandy was patient and moved at our pace all throughout the hike. Mandy also clicked wonderful pictures and overall it was a great experience. For our onward journey to Banff/Lake Louise, Mandy connected us with a great guide Jenna. Mandy provided us with hiking sticks, introduced us to Nordic Walking and snow cleats as a personal favour.

Mandy's guidance was invaluable in making our trip a success.

We highly recommend booking a private hike to kick-off your journey in Canmore with Mandy. Once you gain confidence, you can book more group activities or get out on your own.
Written October 26, 2022
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MandyJ719
WOW! Book NOW! What a super review. THANKS so much, Deep! It was such a pleasure to meet you.
Written October 27, 2022
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Rebecca Smith
Cincinnati, OH2 contributions
Aug. 2022
I was in Canmore in late August and really wanted to hike but not alone. I was so glad to have found Active by Nature and would highly recommend taking a tour with Mandy. She led me on the Moutain Vistas hiking trail and it was a great distance for a morning hike. The views were beautiful and worth the hike up. Mandy provided excellent instruction on Nordic Walking and was patient as I tried the technique. She was knowledgeable about the area, and I enjoyed talking with her about her previous adventures. I really appreciated all the photos that Mandy took of our hike, and she shared them in a very timely manner. This hike was a highlight of my trip to Canmore and worth the reasonable fee. Thanks Mandy.
Written September 24, 2022
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MandyJ719
Thank you SO much for taking the time to write this lovely review! It is very much appreciated. I very much enjoyed our lively chat too. See you again, I hope!
Written October 27, 2022
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Alison
Lyme Regis, UK7 contributions
Jul. 2022
I did this tour and the Quick Start tour with Mandy in July. Both were great, Mandy was an excellent teacher of the technique and so knowledgeable about the area. I met a lovely couple from Calgary for the Three Sisters tour who were experts on flora and birds, which added to the fantastic experience. Mandy took lots of photos while walking which are so good to have as memories of a wonderful experience in a wonderful place.
Written August 28, 2022
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MandyJ719
Thank you so much for you wonderful review. Yes, I remember our outing very well and I think I enjoyed it just as much as you! Sorry for my tardy reply as I did not receive a notification and just saw it today, at the end of October.
Written October 27, 2022
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Roz-David B
Witham, UK65 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
What an excellent way to start exploring Canmore. Mandy was an excellent guide. Nordic walking was new to us all but the principles and doing it were really good. Mandy takes excellent photos on the way round. You don’t need to be super fit to do this you just need to enjoy walking.
Written June 30, 2022
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MandyJ719
Exactly.... "You don't need to be super fit to do this. You just need to enjoy walking." A perfect comment. THANK YOU so much for your kind words. Sorry for my tardy response as I just say this review today, at the end of October.
Written October 27, 2022
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rsoxfan
LA.CA10 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Mandy gave great instructions to newcomers of Nordic walking. We then took a beautiful hike to Troll Falls where she imparted history and enormous knowledge of the area. In addition to that we had quiet time to absorb the the forest ! Her suggestions of other activities post hike as well as experiences for the rest of our time in Canmore, Kanaskis and Banff were terrific. I would recommend this to anyone!
Written May 28, 2022
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MandyJ719
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! I SO enjoyed meeting you and introducing you to this most beautiful part of the world. I was delighted to hear the rest of your trip was fantastic and trust you had a safe and enjoyable flight home. I do hope to see you again!
Written June 5, 2022
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Mary P
Boyle, Canada2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I did this hike/tour in early May, 2022 with Mandy and two of her customers from Ontario. As all tours with Mandy this was very informative and thoroughly enjoyed. The education of the history of coal which preceded the development of this now bustling tourist town was fascinating. I highly recommend booking excursions with Active By Nature. You are guaranteed a memorable experience.
Written May 19, 2022
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MandyJ719
Thank you SO much for taking the time to write a review and for being such a dedicated repeat customer! Keep on Nordic walking and I look forward to seeing you again come fall.
Written June 5, 2022
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Swiss70
Sherwood Park, Alberta77 contributions
Girls weekend in Canmore - we had a wonderful dedicated tour! Great interpretive info, instructions and learning about Nordic walking and "why poles are just better!"
We covered just about 10 km, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves to the degree we bought poles from Mandy, and continued another few km on our own! Will sleep well tonite and look forward to taking the activity home!
Written April 30, 2022
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MandyJ719
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy you are new Nordic walking fans. Yes, the Nords sure knew what they were doing.... LOL. Sorry for the tardy reply to your lovely review. I used to get a notification email when a review was posted. But that is not happening of late. Hope you have racked up lots of kilometres on your new poles. Walk ON!
Written June 5, 2022
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Marilyn M
REd Deer7 contributions
Mar. 2022
I recently enjoyed a snowshoe adventure into Chester Lake along the Smith Dorian Road with Mandy Johnson and Active by Nature. As in previous outings with Active by Nature, it was THOROUGHLY enjoyable. The pace was determined with client accessibility in mind and stops were taken to enjoy the breath-taking scenery. Mandy always has safety in mind and full confidence can always be placed on her ta assure a positive experience. Mandy Johnson is a wealth of knowledge. She is an incredible photographer and provides a post-activity package that includes photos, an account of the day and information that may have been inquired about during the activity. I have enjoyed many hikes with Mandy and will continue to participate with Active by Nature
Written April 5, 2022
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MandyJ719
Chester Lake is a jewel, for sure. So glad you got to experience it now in the winter as well as the fall! Which did you like best? Thank you for being such an awesome repeat customer and thank you for taking the time to post this review! Much appreciated.
Written April 6, 2022
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Laura H
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
Jul. 2021
I hiked Chester Lake trail with Mandy as my guide. What an amazing day we had! It was the first time I had hired a guide and I would highly recommend booking with Active by Nature. Mandy knows the trails very well and makes you feel at ease. She is very experienced and you will not be disappointed with any aspect of your adventure. I hired a guide for some trails in Yoho and I wish I would have booked Mandy instead. Her rates are way better and she is such a kind soul. I will definitely be booking more hikes with Active by Nature.
Written August 13, 2021
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MandyJ719
Thank you so very much for your positive review! I look forward to hiking with you again in the future. Hike ON, my friend!
Written August 22, 2021
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Denis H
1 contribution
Jul. 2021
Thank you Mandy, your Urban Polling session was great. I am a stroke survivor; this training has given me another option for my rehabilitation. My arm movement is more fluid, and my walking gait has improved tremendously. I want to thank you for your time and patience. I would definitely recommend this for stroke survivors in the same situation as me. Best regards, Denis Hamel.
Written July 23, 2021
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MandyJ719
Reading your review just made my day! I am so glad to hear of the improvements you have made already. I hope you continue to make terrific gains and may Urban Poling open up a new world of outdoor activity and adventure for you and your family!
Written August 22, 2021
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