Written by Denise Deby.
It’s one of my favourite times of the year—Jane’s Walk time!
Jane’s Walk is an international celebration of cities and the people who live in and shape them. It’s a weekend of free walking tours led by volunteers who know something interesting about their city and are willing to share it.
In Ottawa, more than 50 walks will take place in neighbourhoods, historic places and natural spaces on May 2 and 3, 2015.
Here are a few examples:
- Learn about urban foraging with Amber Westfall;
- Explore turtle habitat on Petrie Island with Al Tweddle;
- Discover the Central Experimental Farm with Katherine Fletcher;
- Learn about the history of the Ottawa River’s Chaudière Falls with Louise Boucher;
- See central Ottawa from an Indigenous perspective with Jaime Koebel;
- Learn about the ecology of the Pinhey Sand Dune with Henri Goulet;
- Experience the riverbank at Andrew Haydon Park with Martha Webber and Andrea Usworth.
Check out these and other walks at http://janeswalk.herokuapp.com/sessions/7. All walks are free, take about an hour, and run in English or French.
Jane’s Walk organizers welcome volunteers, too.
There’s a “Jane’s Talk” on New Directions for Urban Infill with Ottawa city planner Alain Miguelez on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 7 p.m. at the NCC’s Urbanism Lab, 40 Elgin St. The weekend wraps up with a party on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin.
Jane’s Walk is a great way to get to know your city, meet other people and get outdoors. Check it out!
From Jane’s Walk Ottawa:
The weekend-long festival of free walking tours is held to celebrate the work of urban thinker Jane Jacobs, who promoted livable cities, street-life vitality and attractive, uplifting places where people feel safe. It’s is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into planning, design, local history, and civic engagement through the simple acts of walking, observing, and discussing.”