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MEDIA RELEASE: Free Snowshoeing & Urban Poling Drop-in Classes for 55+

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Rainbow Routes is hosting FREE snowshoeing and urban poling courses for those aged 55 and up starting January 19th. There will be a large selection of both indoor and outdoor classes held weekly in various parts of the city.

Through the Trails4Life project (a physical literacy partnership with the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU), The City of Greater Sudbury (CGS), and Sudbury Bioski) all urban poles and snowshoes are provided free of charge for the class. Tracy Sanmiya, project manager of Trails4Life says, “It’s a wonderful program! You don’t have to buy anything – you don’t have to invest in a fancy gym membership or lots of expensive equipment. You can just come on out, meet some people and give it a try. One class or a bunch of classes! Plus, it’s a lot of fun too!”

Participants are encouraged to try a weekly class to improve their health and fitness level. Sanmiya states that, not only is the sport enjoyable, but Nordic Walking or Urban Poling is also a full body, low-impact workout perfect for those wanting a rehabilitative sport aiming to improve posture, balance and stability. Sanmiya also says, “With each class, our Trails4Life instructors will explore Sudbury’s beautiful trails! The outdoor classes will travel the city highlighting the beauty of the outdoors and the history of specific areas of our great city. Our trails are a huge tourist attraction to be celebrated and a great distraction from the long days of winter.”

The Sudbury Urban Poling/Snowshoeing Schedule is as follows and participants can sign up for a free weekly class on one or more of the following days:


Session 1: January 19 – February 28, 2015 *except Science North



Starting Location


urban poling

(*starts FEB 1)

8-9 am

Science North - indoor -

Inside front entrance


urban poling

1-2 pm

New Sudbury - indoor -

St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill church

1248 Lauzon Ave


urban poling

7-8 pm

New Sudbury -outdoor -

Twin Forks Playground (main bldg)

1475 Gary Avenue


spring only



urban poling

10:30-11:30 am

Downtown -outdoor -

Rainbow Routes Office

200 Larch St


urban poling

1:30-2:30 pm

South End -outdoor -

Bell Park

York St parking lot


urban poling & snowshoeing

9-10 am

New Sudbury -outdoor -

Rotary Park

Adanac Ski Hill (main chalet)


There is a limit of 20 people per class, so please register in advance by emailing or call 705-674-4455 ext 4535 for more info!


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