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Mall Walking

Mall walking is an exercise system that involves walking individually or in a group around a shopping mall. This activity is most popular with older adults, and can be a significant activity for exercise and socializing. Walking in indoor malls eliminates the uncertainty of poor weather and allows for easy access to amenities such as bathrooms and water fountains. While some participants mall walk individually, organized mall walking groups are common.

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

While people in the GTA have walked through shopping malls since the first one opened in Toronto in 1884, the exact origins of mall walking as a fitness activity are unknown.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, many of whom are older adults.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Mall walking is practiced regularly in GTA shopping malls year round.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

BBC Mall Walkers Club; Mall Movers Toronto; Sheridan Mall Walking Club

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



Exercise System
  • Toronto Eaton Centre
    220 Yonge St
    Toronto, ON M5B 2H1
  • Bramalea City Centre
    25 Peel Centre Drive
    Brampton, ON L6T 3R5
  • Vaughan Mills
    1 Bass Pro Mills Drive,
    Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4
  • Dufferin Mall
    900 Dufferin Street
    Toronto, ON M6H 4A9
  • Lime Ridge Mall
    999 Upper Wentworth Street
    Hamilton, ON L9A 4X5
  • Toronto Premium Outlets
    13850 Steeles Ave West
    Halton Hills, ON L7G 0J1

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