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Jane's Walk 2014:   Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4

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Jane's Walk in Little Italy

Jane's Walk will be held in Ottawa and in cities around the world on the first weekend in May. There are many walks already scheduled, with more to come. Visit the schedule page for details on the walks for 2014.

On top of that, we'll be hosting two Jane's Talk events this year:

Jane's Talk Ottawa:  Neighbourhood Narratives

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave., Ottawa
The program will feature a video art installation by Jessica Aylsworth "Ottawa in One Room" and speakers on the connections between art and community. More details soon.

Jane's Talk Gatineau:  Racontez-nous vos histoires de quartier

Friday, May 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Depanneur Sylvestre, 9 rue Fortier, Hull
Program details TBD.

Don't be afraid to volunteer!

Jane's Walk is a volunteer enterprise.   If you'd like to help, please get in touch by email.  You can find out more about volunteering here.  If you'd like to lead a walk, you can get started by downloading our walk leader invitation.   If you'd like to go on a walk, check the schedule page for the list of walks.  Check back often:  more walks posted daily.

Jane's Walk Ottawa on FaceBook

If you're on Facebook, drop by the Jane's Walk Ottawa page. Check it out.

 Jane's Walk 2013 book available

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.

City For Birds

'City for Birds' in Sandy Hill

"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.

Big thank-you for 2013

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 . . . .

'City Soul' Award presentation June 17, 2013

Jane's Walk got an award from the Canadian Urban Institute.  Pictures, video . . .

What is Jane's Walk?

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.

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Apt613 walk in Hintonburg, 2012.

Thank you to all our supporters!

Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: