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Urban Poling

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Urban Poling instructors will be providing basic instruction and tips for families attending the Silver Skate Festival. Try it!

Urban Poling will be operating out of the main information tent. Walks at 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm each day.

As Canada’s leading provider of Nordic walking poles and Nordic walking instruction, Urban Poling is thrilled to be participating in the Silver Skate Festival this year.

Nordic walking is a perfect winter activity for people of all ages and abilities. It is very much like cross-country skiing, but without the skis—or the snow, for that matter. Specialized poles are purposefully planted with each stride. Pushing firmly on the poles propels you forward. The easy-to-learn technique originated as dry-land training for Nordic athletes. It mimics Nordic skiing and affords walkers similar benefits:

  • Uses virtually all the body’s major muscle groups with every stride
  • Contracts your abdominals over 1000 times per km
  • Burns on average 20% more calories than walking
  • Offers great cardiovascular conditioning

Nordic poles come with specially-designed booties that cover the same tip you find on a hiking pole. Booties “turbo charge” walks on city streets and paved recreational trails, and are the ideal equipment for exploring the paved Edmonton River Valley trails.

Many people confuse Nordic walking poles with hiking poles. But hiking poles do not have the core muscle-engaging features and the noise reducing features to deal with paved surfaces. On the other hand, Nordic walking poles will take you everywhere you need to go, from city streets to mountain peaks.

Once people try it, the common reaction is “surprise” and even “amazement” as they feel their abdominal, chest and arm muscles working. They love the extra propulsion from the poles that encourages them to pick up the pace and stride out. They love the great pulse-quickening cardio workout without the added exertion and pounding of other aerobic activities like jogging.

No, it is not "simply walking with poles in hand.” Yes, there is a learning curve to get it right. The Silver Skate Festival is your perfect opportunity to ‘test drive’ a pair of poles and experience basic instruction on the technique.


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The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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