Spring has arrived, and the first walk is posted on our schedule. There are many more in the works, perhaps one of those is yours! Consider sharing something from your neighbourhood or your city with your fellow Ottawans. Click here to submit your own walk for Jane's Walk.
You don't need to be an expert to lead a Jane's Walk. The main idea is to share your enthusiasm and to start a conversation. Help us improve urban literacy by combining the simple activity of walking with personal observations, oral history, and shared experience. Jane’s Walk can help knit us together into a stronger, more connected, more resourceful community.
This year, the Bytowne Cinema will be screening the documentary film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City the weekend before Jane's Walk. The Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau organizers will be at the theatre to share information on this year's walks, and we're planning two events around the screenings on Apr 20 & 30 to kick off this year's Jane's Walk. On Saturday, Apr 29, following the film Barry Padolsky will be on hand to offer some observations on the film and Jane Jacobs' ideas about how cities change and grow. On Sunday, Apr 30, Mathieu Fleury, City Councillor for Rideau-Vanier, will lead a walk in the area. More on these events as the details are nailed down.
There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city. People make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans. — Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.
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.
"Une ville, c'est plus que des pierres, des rues, des édifices. C'est des gens qu'on aime et la vie qu'on y mène.
[A city is more than stones, streets, buildings. It's the people we love and the life we lead there.]"
— Christian Larsen, Le Droit, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: