The City of Champions is found in the western part of Canada and this city is, for at least half the year, a winter wonderland. We put the term #weatherproof to the test with temperatures going lower than -30C (or -22F for our American friends) making it one of the toughest winter climates on the planet. As much as that description may lead you to believe, it is not always cold here…it can even be…warm. In the summer months we are blessed with sunny skies before 5am which makes our 6am start time seem like the middle of the morning!
Sun, snow, rain, frost or hail – nothing can stop the November Project Canada crew from doing the bounce and screaming a good ol’ “fuck yeah” each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
No we don’t represent all of Canada but we were the first Canadian city and the fourth in the world – in homage to this history the name has stuck.
Pre Covid and since 2013 our community has met three times a week at 6am
- Monday: locations vary – check out our Friday Blogs and/or our social media announcements every Sunday for details
- Wednesday: stairs (Royal Glenora Stairs in fall/winter and Commonwealth Stadium in the sping/summer)
- Friday: the bottom of Walterdale Hill
During Covid, our members have stopped meeting in person, but the workouts are still going strong in our virtual community.
Check out our social media accounts to see what our crew is crushing any given week.
There is no registration and there are no fees; all you have to do is Just Show Up. Every person no matter their fitness level is welcome. No matter your age, you are welcome. No matter what your look like, you are welcome. Our leaders and members will do everything they can to let you feel welcome in the community and to enjoy the workout.
The History of NP Canada
2013 – NHL defencemen, Andrew Ference, made his way back to his hometown of Edmonton after signing a contract to become the Oiler’s captain. He thought to himself what better way to get settled back into town than continuing the November Project movement that he had lovingly experienced during his time in Boston. Within a few weeks of starting November Project Canada, he put the responsibility of leading this group onto his sister Jen Ference and a random dude who liked to play outside, Nadim Chin. Together Andrew, Jen, and Nadim shaped the sandbox that is NP Canada for all our members to play in.
2018 – The trio thought that Rob McDougall had a nice beard and decided to bring him on as a leader too.
2019 – Andrew hung up his hat as a co-leader of NP Canada. We wore Andrew’s face on our shirts, ran stairs, and ate cake/cookies in honour of him. We are forever grateful for what he brought to our city.
2020 – Jen and Nadim decided that they could use a few sleep ins. After 7 years leading NP Canada, they deserved it. These two global legends of November Project hung up their hats as co-leaders with a final 6k sunrise run.
Also 2020 – Rob needed a partner and thought that Lazina Mckenzie, long time NPer – who, turns out like running in the winter – would make a good co-leader.
So long as there is one person willing to #justshowup, NP Canada will always be here.… and yes, if you are out there with us as the thermometer dips below -30, you’ll be sure to earn an NP Canada badge of honour. #weatherproof