Jane's Walk will be held in Ottawa and in cities around the world on the first weekend in May. As well, we'll be hosting Jane's Talk on Thursday, May 1. As usual, all walks and events are free.
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 back to our site in mid-April, and you'll find the list of walks and other events for 2014.
Our email address is operational again. Unfortunately, anything that was sent to us in the past few days will have disappeared. If you sent an email that didn't receive a reply, please re-send it. We do want to hear from you!
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' 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.
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 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
We're phasing out our FaceBook group, and replacing it with a regular FaceBook page. If you're on Facebook, drop by the Jane's Walk Ottawa page. Check it out.
As mentioned, our FaceBook Group is winding down, but if you'd like to go there, you can find it here.
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: