Urban Poling is an innovative company that offers high performance walking poles and renowned training programs.  We are actively seeking international distributors and  licensees to create partnerships with individuals/companies who share our standards of excellence.


Urban Poling Inc. is proud to be an awarding winning and 100% owned and operated Canadian company.  Incorporated in 2005, it was one of the first companies to bring Urban Poling (generic name is Nordic walking) to Canada!  Today, our evidence based patented specialized walking poles can be found in the USA, AUS, IR and UK and at over 700 retailers.  As an internationally recognized educational centre, our Urban and ACTIVATOR℗ Poles have been adopted as a therapy & fitness tool by more than 5000 graduates of our training programs including, diverse healthcare professionals and fitness/recreation instructors.  We are proudly 100% women owned and operated.  Mandy Shintani, an occupational therapist and gerontologist in Vancouver, BC founded the company and Diana Oliver, a marketing and business professional, based in Toronto, ON later become a partner in 2014.


We are focused on improving mobility and function for people of every age, ability and fitness level. Through our educational programs and uniquely designed patented poles, our mission is to help people realize that their full potential is not only achievable but also sustainable, by doing exactly what their body was designed to do – move. 

What is Urban Poling?

Urban Poling aka Nordic walking is adding poles to your walk using a technique similar to cross country skiing with your upper body while walking in urban setting such as sidewalks and parks.  Just add our accessories to adapt Urban Poling for trekking, snowshoeing and winter walking.  You can use our ACTIVATOR Poles within the home, malls, or community centres. Our products and training programs are uniquely designed and modified to be used extensively for use in both the fitness and rehabilitation industries.

Where are Urban and ACTIVATOR Poles Used?

Rehabilitation and Active Living:  Private clinics, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, Senior Living, diabetes programs and primary care community health centres 
Fitness and Wellness: Community fitness centres, indigenous communities, fitness clubs, yoga and Pilates studios, schools, walking/trekking clubs and associations 

Evidence Based

Our patented ACTIVATOR Poles are the focus of 10 independent current studies at universities and hospitals across Canada and at the renowned Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in the UK.   Our walking poles have been the topic of presentations/posters at international and national conferences including: International Stroke Congress, International 200 Years of Parkinson’s Disease (AUS), ACPIN Neuro Conference (UK), National Fall Prevention Conference, UK and Canadian National Physiotherapy Conference and Canadian Occupational Therapy Conference. 

Best Practices

Patented ACTIVATOR Poles are prescribed in Canada as best practices for orthopedics, neurology, metabolic syndromes, cancer rehabilitation, spinal conditions, older adults and Senior Living (under the direction of a physician or health care professional).

Award Winning Products and Media Recognition

Urban Poles were recognized by GHP Sports and Nutrition Awards and our founder Mandy Shintani was a finalist at the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Urban Poling has been featured in the media over 400 times including: Globe and Mail, CBC (TV, radio), CTV, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Zoomer and Canadian Living. 

Internationally Recognized Training

Our Urban Poling® Instructor Certificate Training programs are CEC approved by 8 health and fitness associations in Canada.  In the USA, the ACTIVATOR® course is CCU approved by Pro-Cert (APTA), Functional Aging Institute (FAI) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). 

Supporting our Community

We have formed partnerships with the March of Dimes, Arthritis Society, International Obesity Foundation, Canadian Diabetes, National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, Cardiac Heart Foundation of Canada, Exercise is Medicine, Volkssport, Canadian Association of Retired Professionals (CARP) and the Functional Aging Institute.

International Distribution

  • Urban Poling® has international distributors in the USA, UK, Ireland and Australia.  We are actively seeking additional distributors in the USA and abroad.
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Licensee and Train the Trainer Program

Urban Poling® has launched a licensee program for the ACTIVATOR® and Urban Poling® Instructor Certificate courses.  Ask us about offering our training programs within your clinic/business.  We also have a Train the Trainer program for internal training for companies/organization/Senior Living and hospitals.  

Contact US

For more information on how to become a distributor, licensee or to learn more about our Train the Trainer programs,
please contact us at info@urbanpoling.com or call 1-877-499-7999

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