Who Is Lynda Pianosi?
Lynda is of the age when Apple meant a snack, not a store you purchase your entertainment from. Finding something to do meant creating your own entertainment, and Lynda’s “go to” entertainment has always been “getting outside and active in nature.”
Growing up in rural Ontario, and spending summers at the family cottage in Muskoka, Lynda had her “pick” of outdoor entertainment. Summer activities included, but were not limited to, hiking, canoeing, camping, and bike riding. Winter activities consisted of snowshoeing (she still has her fist pair of wooden Faber snowshoes) skating on ponds, , cross-country and downhill skiing, building snow forts, and of course, getting her tongue stuck on a metal pole! (Only once)
In 1999 Lynda moved to Calgary, and now calls Canmore, Alberta home.
Her love for the outdoors, nature, and all associated activities was further enhanced when she had her children, and she wanted to share this passion with them. When her oldest was 10 months old, she searched in vain for a book that offered 5K and under hikes that she could do with her family. There wasn’t one!
That’s when Lynda’s research turned practical. They started with easy hikes that would work with their Chariot. These included the Fenland Trail in Banff, Troll Falls in Kananaskis and the Lake Louise Shoreline. Through trial and error, as they tried some hikes mentioned in other books, they found the ones that worked best for their family. Lynda and her family have been on every hike in this book more than once.
Lynda and Doug have used all methods for taking their children out on the trail, including all-terrain strollers, child pack carriers and bribery. For days when none of these worked, Plan B was born. Her children, the best critics of all, have approved all the hikes and Plan Bs in her book.
Some of Lynda’s Credentials
Apprentice Interpretive Guide
The Interpretive Guides Association is a non-profit organization that started as the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association (MPHIA) in 1997. Their mission is to establish and maintain high standards in heritage interpretation in Canada’s mountain parks.
Lynda is a certified Apprentice Interpretive Guide and very close to becoming a Professional Guide in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, and Jasper.
40 Hour Adventure Medic Wilderness First Aid
Lynda has been certified though Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine as an Adventure Medic. This 40 hour wilderness first aid course has prepared her for situations involving delayed access to emergency resources. It is the “industry standard” for those who lead youth and adult groups in the outdoors.
Bachelor of Applied Arts – Hospitality and Tourism Management
Lynda also has her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
I believe, and hope, that my guide gets families outdoors, active and engaged with nature. In doing so, I hope it creates a “recruitment pool” of aspiring naturalists, environmentalists, biologists, outdoor education professionals and nature lovers.
– Lynda Pianosi