Walk Across Canada

Who would think that a 94-year-old woman could walk across Canada? Not only did she do it, but she’s on her way back.Of course it’s not as if she’s really out there on the Trans-Canada Highway in the elements and the traffic, but she did actually put the miles in, locally.

My mother-in-law, Myrtle, is living in the Berwick independent living retirement home in Comox. Berwick has an excellent recreation program which Myrtle just loves. They offer osteo-exercise classes and strength and balance classes and they encourage the residents to get out walking as much as possible. As we all know, the sedentary lifestyle is not good for our health.

In Berwick’s lobby is a map of Canada where participants’ names are pinned as they clock miles on their regular walks around the Comox neighbourhoods. The goal is to virtually walk across Canada. It is not a race, but an incentive to get out walking, and to have fun.

002a Myrtle loves to walk and always has. For her 94th birthday she got a pedometer so she could know exactly how far she walked each day. When she walked two miles, we told her not to overdo it, but she’s quite stubborn when she sets her mind to something, and the daily distance increased along with our fears that she would keel over one day, as she constantly tried to improve on her personal best. We’ve nagged her to slow down and she insists that she feels fine doing  sometimes five miles a day. We’ve given up now and will have to trust that she knows her own limits.


For the “Walk Across Canada,” everyone starts in Comox, on Vancouver Island. Each day someone on the recreation staff at Berwick calculates the distance each participant has walked and marks their progress on the map. The red arrows show the direction of the walkers. Congratulations to Lorna, Ruth, Marg, and Bill who are almost there, on the east coast. Special congratulations to Myrtle who is already on her way back.


My amazing mother-in-law.





63 thoughts on “Walk Across Canada

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I agree. It’s really good for the residents to be encouraged to get out and walk. Myrtle did a great job. She would have done it anyway but this way she got some acknowledgment for it.


  1. Dawn

    “There goes Myrtle”.. try keeping up with her!!

    A huge accomplishment for a wonderful woman who has been walking and hiking the hills since a little girl in Bonne Bay.

    You GO Mom!!!

    Hugs and Love from us.

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  2. Penny Corcoran

    Way to go Myrtle. Think of you often as Dawn keeps me in tune with your accomplishments. I need your energy so send a little
    down to Jubilee.
    Hugs, PennyC

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  3. Juanita Kelly

    Well, that does it – I’m buying a pedometer tomorrow!! What an inspiration you are Myrtle. I will never complain about my feet being tired again!

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  4. Karen Benkarski

    I was telling Evan (her great-grandson) about this and he told me how several years ago, she out-gardened him at Dawn’s house in Bellingham. She also once beat me up the staircase at Madeleine’s ballet studio (and these are steep stairs, and a lot of them!) Hopefully we’ll get to see her again soon. it’s been far too long.

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  5. roughwighting

    Your mother-in-law inspires me! One of the worries of growing older is growing isolated and physically inactive. She’s proven that this does not have to happen as we age. Thanks for sharing her success – I’m sharing this idea with others. xo

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  6. reocochran

    I came back to say this is a great way to motivate the people to exercise and I loved the photo of Miss Myrtle with the huge tree! 🙂 I am going to visit your other posts! Weekend catch up wasn’t so successful last week with three grandies cousins!

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