On Sat. May 2 and Sun. May 3, the ninth annual Jane’s Walk is strolling into town. On this weekend, Winnipeggers can choose from more than a dozen guided walks across the city presented in an innovative and uniquely neighbourly fashion.
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walks held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work.
“The overall goal of Jane’s Walk is to get people thinking about their cities and their neighbourhoods, getting outside, opening their eyes, meeting their neighbours,” says Matt Carreau, Jane’s Walk Winnipeg City Organizer.
“The walks themselves are so diverse. Some walks will have a focus on local history, other walks will be about community issues, other walks will be about ecology and environmental issues,” explains Carreau.
Walks are being planned in neighbourhoods across the city, from Selkirk Avenue to the University of Manitoba, Transcona to Wildwood Park, Saint Boniface to West Broadway and many places in between. Walk details including start times, routes and the names of walk leaders are being posted online at janeswalk.org/canada/winnipeg. New walks are posted every week between now and May 1.
“For people who are going out on Jane’s Walks, they have very similar goals: to meet their neighbours, to celebrate their city. Urban exploration is a big part of it, sort of getting to discover a new part of the city that you maybe never go to, Jane’s Walk is a really great weekend to do that,” Carreau adds.
Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk has expanded rapidly. Last year, more than 800 walks were held in over 100 cities in 22 countries worldwide. Winnipeg saw 24 walks organized in neighbourhoods across the city exploring a range of themes including local history, environmental issues, urban design and architecture, accessibility issues, active transportation, public art, social/cultural experiences of the city, and more.
Participating in Jane’s Walk is simple: local community members with a passion for their city and neighbourhood volunteer to organize a walking tour exploring an interesting aspect of the urban experience. Jane’s Walks are about community conversations and the public is encouraged to contribute to the conversation by asking questions and sharing their passion and knowledge with other Jane’s Walk participants.
Some walks confirmed for May 2 and 3 include:
LGBTTQ* Historical Walk
Plane Jane: A Walk to the Airport
UofM Sustainable Campus and Community: Today and Tomorrow
Jewish Winnipeg: A Historical North End Perspective
Rediscover Selkirk Avenue: Revitalized
The Secrets of Old Transcona
On Sun. Apr. 19, CJNU 93.7 FM radio show River City 360, which airs at 8:30 am, will look at what to expect at this year’s Jane’s Walk. Here is a sneak peak of RC360’s coverage that includes an interview with Matt Carreau, Jane’s Walk Winnipeg City Organizer:
The public is invited to join a lively and engaging community discussion about how foot-friendly our city is, as CNC presents What’s Our Walk-Ability? on Thur. Apr. 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, 237 McDermot Ave.