Get outside and step-up your walking game with our Nordic Walking Poles. 

How to Borrow

  • Walking poles have a one (1) week loan period and are renewable once
  • Holds are available on walking poles to be picked up at any WPL location
  • Walking poles can also be borrowed in person from the Eastside Branch
  • Three (3) sets of poles can be borrowed per library card

How to Return

  • Return walking poles directly to staff at any WPL location during library hours
  • Walking poles may not be returned through a returns slot

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Waterloo Public Library is not responsible for any injury or damages that may occur during the use of this equipment.

About Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking strikes a perfect balance between an exhilarating cardio exercise and a vigorous muscle workout for your shoulders, arms, core, and legs. Yet, unlike conventional cardio routines like walking or jogging, Nordic Pole Walking offers a more efficient and low-impact exercise that engages 90% of your muscles. In fact, Nordic Walking is an exceptional exercise for lowering or managing body fat, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Nordic walking first emerged in Finland in the early 1900s as a way for cross-country skiers to train during the summer months. “Ski walking” as it was called at the time was developed on the basis of off-season ski-training while using one-piece ski poles.

Over the years, health experts started to take note of the health benefits Nordic walking has to offer, and advocates promoted the sport that grew in popularity and evolved into the modern activity many enjoy today.

Nordic pole walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride to speed up and intensify their gait. As a result, Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) receiving further fitness benefits not achievable with normal walking.

Source: Nordic Pole Walking Ontario Website (

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