The route is mostly accessible along the NCC pathway, however, it will begin and end in grassy areas. There are a few sidewalk curbs along the route.
Note that the starting point and route of this walk have changed.
"They are the ones who want to change and rebuild the city... out of fascination with it and love for it." —Jane Jacobs.
"Black bridge," "the train bridge by Lebreton," or “the abandoned rail bridge,” the Prince of Wales bridge is famous under many names. Popular for photographs, sunset hangouts, and graffiti, this disused bridge was informally used by the community for years. In September 2016, the City of Ottawa made the decision to close access to the bridge. How did we get to this point, and what might the next few years bring for this space?
This Jane’s Walk will explore the bridge’s history, discuss its current state of (dis)repair, and share the City of Ottawa’s future plans. We will also touch on the symbolism of this area as a trade connection and a place of intercultural exchange. Come, and share a story about what this place means to you!
We encourage walkers to bring snacks and blankets to join us for a picnic on Lemieux island following the walk (weather permitting).
We also suggest participants check out the Happening festival in Hintonburg Park prior to or following the walk: www.thehappeningottawa.ca. As part of the Happening, there will be a Park Party running from 1:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Saturday, May 6.
Meet at the Hintonburg Community Center (1064 Wellington St W., front entrance). From there, we will walk through Mechanicsville, and out onto Lemieux Island.
Jane's Walk acknowledges and respects that the bridge is private property. We will not walk onto the bridge.
Aileen Duncan is a policy analyst that began a petition to keep the Prince of Wales bridge open in summer 2016. Russell Burrell is a civil engineer with a specialization in bridges.
Learn more about the Prince of Wales Bridge here.
Learn more about efforts to promote a recreational use of the Prince of Wales rail bridge: www.ottawarailbridge.ca