If you're new to Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau (and even if you're not), you may find this summary of features helpful. 

If you are new to Jane's Walk:

  • the walks are free to attend
  • for 2024, you need to sign-up to attend a walk. Go to the walk page and click on the sign-up button. For 2024, the sign-up button will appear on Apr 24.
  • the walks take place rain or shine.

Navigating the schedule:

1. Viewing the list of Walks: Click on Schedule in the Walks menu. The list of walks starts below the intro at the top.

  • To work better with small screen devices, the list of walks are given in pages of ten. Click on the successive page numbers to see the full list of walks. 

2. Viewing a walk description: Click on the walk title to open the walk page.

  • Each walk page has a detailed description presented in a standard format, beginning with the title, the text description, and a photo. 
  • A box on the right (or, for small displays, below the description text and photo) gives a summary of the logistics of the walk (who, when, where)
  • Below that are a map showing the location of the starting point, route details, a short bio of the walk leader(s), and a photo gallery. These may be in a slightly different order on mobile devices.

2. Sorting walks: The walk titles in the schedule are listed in order of day and time at the bottom of the schedule page. You can sort the walks by language, day, and area of town by selecting the settings you want from the boxes above the list.  

3. Using the interactive map. The map at the top of the schedule page shows the starting point for all walks as pins. The map is interactive: you can zoom in or out, and move the map by dragging. Putting your pointer on a map pin will show a pop-up of the walk title. Clicking on a pointer will open the walk page.. 

4. Signing up for a walk. Once sign-up opens, there will be a button on each walk page. Click on the button to sign up. You will be able to sign up for one to four attendees. You will need to enter your email address to sign up. We will confirm your place, or if the walk is full, we will add your request to the waiting list. If you sign up more than a few days in advance you will receive a reminder a day or two before the walk. If you cannot attend a walk you signed up for, you are asked to cancel so that someone on the waiting list can take your place.

5. What if a walk changes? Once the schedule is confirmed and sign-up has started, we won't change start times or starting places without clearly flagging that a change has been made. We don't expect to make many changes, but refresh your browser and check walk details close to the weekend to be sure you have the latest information. If by some chance we need to cancel a walk, it will be indicated in the walk title.  In the past, the main reason for cancelling walks is that the walk route is close to one of the rivers and has been flooded.

6. Walks will take place rain or shine!  Check the weather report and dress accordingly. If the weather is heavy, walk leaders may decide to take shelter in a coffee shop or pub for a lively discussion in place of the walk. 

7. A portable schedule. A 'timeline' schedule with a graphic depiction of the starting times and time duration of each walk will be posted for download in a pdf format on the Wednesday or Thursday before the festival weekend. A link will be included in the intro to the schedule