The Canadian Urban Institute has honoured Jane's Walk with the Leadership Award for City Soul. More here. The Urban Leadership Awards are given to individuals and groups who are making Canada’s cities healthier, safer, and more dynamic places to live and work. About the CUI.
Of course, Jane's Walk happens only through the participation of all our volunteers and attendees: the walk leaders who put in time and effort to prepare and lead their walking tours, the marshals who keep the walks on track, our organizers over the years, our sponsors and partners who share their resources, and those who come out to see, hear, learn, discuss, and share. You are all recipients of this award. Thanks to everyone who has helped us build Jane's Walk Ottawa over the years.
Jane's Walk Ottawa will be back in May for a sixth year. Jane's Walk Ottawa is our local celebration of the work of Jane Jacobs that begins with Jane's Talk on Thursday, May 2 (see details below), and continues with our walking tour festival on Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5.
Everyone is invited to participate. You can come out as a walker, or lead a tour yourself. There are lots of volunteer roles from walk marshal to organizer. If you can help organize or you would like to lead a tour, please get in touch soon through Contact us.
The schedule is shaping up, with more walks being added daily. Go to schedule.
This year's Jane’s Talk will feature a group of community activators from Vanier from various organizations partnering in a neighbourhood-wide effort to revitalize their community: the Vanier Community Association, the Arts Vanier Registry and Festival of Nations, Crime Prevention Ottawa, MuseoParc Vanier MuseoPark, the Beechwood Village Alliance Jane's Walk, VanierNow, the Vanier Community Services Centre and Embellissement Vanier Beautification. The night's program will describe how individuals and groups have found their role in contributing to the community and at the same time achieving concrete outcomes for the community. They would like to share their experience and accomplishments with our audience: if we did it, you can do it, too.
Jane's Talk will be held
If you're on Facebook, check out the Jane's Walk Ottawa Facebook group. Each walk appears as a separate event hosted by the group. Check it out
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: