photo of people walking with urban poles with the text Community League Walking Program

Community League Walking Program

Walking is an activity appropriate for individuals of all ages and most physical fitness levels. One of the best motivators for regular walking is to walk with a group, which makes it a great community program that has the potential to foster holistic community wellness.


Some of the benefits of a community walking program include:

  • Improving your physical and psychological health
  • Getting to know others in your neighbourhood
  • Familiarizing yourself with the resources and amenities of your community
  • Appreciating vitamin ‘N’ature
  • Reducing crime by residents being visible on the street

In 2016, the EFCL received a Recreation and Physical Activity Project Grant from Alberta Culture and Tourism to promote and support walking programs in community leagues. Through this grant, the EFCL supported 20 community leagues in launching the Urban Poling program – a walking workout with poles.


Two Urban Poling leadership training sessions have been organized for spring 2018. A maximum of 20 spots are available for each session so register early! Contact Chantelle Zimmer by email at or by phone at 780.437.2913 to learn more. 


Training Session for NEW Leaders

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: Cloverdale Community League Hall


Community league members who participate in this training session will learn about topics such as urban pole technique, risk management, and route planning and become certified Urban Poling instructors for their community. A maximum of two members per league can register for this session.

Training Session for CURRENT Leaders

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Alberta Avenue Community League Hall


Community league members who were previously trained to lead urban pole walking sessions in their community can participate in a refresher session. 

Current community league walking programs

Aspen Gardens CL

Alberta Avenue CL

Beacon Heights CL

Bellevue CL

Blue Quill CL

Brookview CL

Highlands CL

Laurier Heights CL

Mayfield CL

Newton CL

Oliver CL

Wedgewood CL

Pleasantview CL

Strathcona CL


Check out this CTV video about the #LeagueWalking program!


Thank you to the Edmonton Sport Council and Urban Poling for assisting with the revitalization of the Community League Walking Program.

EFCL Offices:

7103 105 St NW
Edmonton, AB
T6E 4G8 Canada

P: +1.780.437.2913
F: +1.780.437.4710

Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:30 to 4:30