The schedule for Jane's Walk Ottawa 2014 is shaping up, including some exciting new walks and some old favourites. We're expecting about fifty walks altogether again this year. Check the schedule page for a list of walks and links to walk details.
Generally, you don't need to sign up for walks, unless specified in the walk details. If the walk leader wants you to sign up, there will be an email address or other method to reserve a place. Otherwise, just show up at the starting place about ten minutes before the start time, and you're 'good to go.'
There are no rain dates for the walks. Jane's Walk goes ahead rain or shine. If we get rain, dress for the weather and bring your umbrella. If there's a real downpour, we might seek shelter until it passes.
To get things started, we'll be hosting two Jane's Talk events this year:
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa
Second floor: Courtroom and Library
The program will feature a video art installation by Jessica Aylsworth "Ottawa in One Room" and speakers on the connections between art and community. Our MC for the evening will be CBC Ottawa news anchor Adrian Harewood. Doors open at 7:00 and the program begins at 7:30. We would like to thank the Downtown Rideau BIA for their kind sponsorship of this event.
Friday, May 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Dépanneur Sylvestre, 9 rue Fortier, Hull
The theme of this event will be story-telling, with special guest Michel Prévost. More details soon. Thanks to the Dépanneur Sylvestre for their support in providing the venue for this event.
Put up a poster in your neighbourhood. Perhaps your favourite restaurant would put a Jane's Walk poster in the window. Post one at your local community centre. Display one in your cube at work, or just staple one to the nearest hydro pole. Download a poster file here (pdf):
If you're on Facebook, drop by the Jane's Walk Ottawa page. Check it out.
Jane's Walk has published a book---the first Jane's Walk annual, with dozens of stories from Jane's Walk 2013! Assembled from text and photos submitted by Jane's Walk organizers, walk leaders, and participants from cities around the world.
"In Guadalajara, they made a citizen’s crosswalk by tracking paint across the road. In Zurich, they took turns wearing blindfolds and being led through a busy shopping concourse. In Calcutta they ventured out to the wetlands at the city’s brink; in Ottawa and Colchester, children led tours of their favourite parks. . . . "
Find out more here.
To thank everyone this year, we've tried our hand at producing a video to share with our volunteers, the Jane's Walk Ottawa community and Ottawa at large. More on thanks for all the help we got . . . .
Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing. more
"No one can find out what will work for our cities by
looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing
dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.
"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.
Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: