Walking meetings

Walking is increasingly part of the program at urbanist conferences and wellness conferences, and it shares the stage with cycling and mass transit at active transportation and sustainability gatherings, but we obsessive walkers get really excited when there’s an event where walking, as Henry David Thoreau wrote in his 1862 essay “Walking,” is “itself the enterprise and adventure…

Edmonton trails — and media

I did some walking last week in Edmonton, the city where I lived for 10 years before moving to Ottawa. The trails in the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Mill Creek Ravine were as beautiful as ever, with the scent of spring in the air and on the trees. Unfortunately, I had to head home before…

Alberta bound

The Born to Walk travelling roadshow heads to Alberta next week for events in Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton on April 28, 29 and 30. The full scoop is below, but I’m thrilled to be joining Tom Babin, the author of Frostbike, and Stephen Legault, who wrote Running Toward Stillness, to talk about the commonalities and differences…

Walking home

What a weekend! After launching Born to Walk at Ben McNally Books in Toronto last Thursday evening with friends, family and fans (and wine), I gave talks and took questions from staff at both Indigo and Kobo headquarters on Friday — it was inspiring to meet so many people passionate about books and walking! The conversation…

Walking every street

“I’ve always enjoyed just getting out, and I’ve led historic walks in the past years in older communities. And I thought, I would give this a try and see how much I can do and learn more about the city.” So says retired Calgary teacher David Peyto, who has embarked on what is being called…

A book is born

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fox and Feather pub in Ottawa last night for the official launch of Born to Walk. (We put the “pub” in “pub date”!) It was great to see so many familiar faces, and so many unfamiliar faces too. An extra thank you to Ottawa city councillor…

Multimedia mayhem!

It’s been a busy few days here at Born to Walk headquarters. Yesterday, I was interviewed by radio host (and walking convert) Larry Fedoruk on 610 CKTB St. Catherines. You can listen to the conversation here (and I promise not to say “you know” as often next time). Last week, I was interviewed by the…

Final countdown — walking songs!

In the lead-up to the release of Born to Walk on April 1, I’m going to be tweeting the video to a different walking song each day. These will be posted in no particular order; there won’t be a No. 1. But like “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Scottish band The Proclaimers, who are not…