Parkinson’s & Friends Walking Group

This is a new hiking group It started up a short time ago as i could no longer keep up to regular hikers. I had joined the Cochrane Parkinson’s Support Group and it inspired me to start a walking group here in the Exshaw/Canmore area. It isn’t just people with Parkinson’s Disease, but also people who are slower walkers due to health concerns or age or they just want to smell the flowers at a slower pace.

Our walks are not long – anything up to 2 hours – and are followed by snack time. Janet has been great as she brings along special treats and drinks. These photos are from a walk we did in Bow Valley Provincial Park with snack time at Whitefish by the Bow River.




Ruthie’s Little Hiking Group

Hiking groupThe group started in 2005 when Ruthie offered to take a friend hiking. The group goes out every Thursday both in summer and in the winter snowshoeing. Ruthie organizes a summer hiking camp in the Rockies. Everyone looks after booking their own accommodation (Ruthie always camps) and Ruthie plans the hikes or tours. There is always at least one potluck meal. The summer camps run for one week, but people can come for a shorter period of time if they wish. Over the years it has been interesting to learn where each person in the group was born. It is a very international group – from Saskatchewan to North Africa, England, and British Guiana to name a few birth places. It is also a very friendly, social group and new comers and visitors are always welcome. There is usually time to chat.  An email is sent out outlining the hike or snowshoe for the following Thursday and where to meet.

Wayne Robb has taken over the leadership of this group as Ruthie’s Parkinson’s has limited what she can do. The group still goes out on most Thursdays. To contact him go to:   He likes people to let him know if they are going on the trip.

Hikers with Wheels

Hikers with wheelsThis group started out in the fall of 2010 when Ruthie was nursing a serious back problem and was using a walker. It consists of young moms with kids in strollers or on foot. The group mostly does walks in Bow Valley Provincial Park on the paved trail or roadway. It does not run in the winter as it is too cold for the little kids. However, Ruthie has been going to this park several days a week all winter, dressed for cold temperatures and would welcome company.

This group no longer exists as most of the families moved away. We had fun while it lasted and some of the children still remember the different flowers we identified.