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Our May 5 & 6 weekend is shaping up nicely

Registration is proceeding briskly, and new walks are added to the schedule daily.  To see what's posted now, see the Schedule Page

You still have time to submit a walk.  The registration deadline has been extended to April 16.  You can submit a walk through our on-line registration page here or by completing and emailing us a registration form.  

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There are many ways to get involved with Jane's Walk. Most of all, we need marshals and photographers for all of our walks! Check out our volunteer page for more details.                                

Jane's Walk kick-off event will be a 'mob'

Thursday, May 3,  6:00-8:00 pm
'Jane's Mob' will take over Parkdale Park in Hintonburg.  

Square Web

"Jane's Mob" is a kind of reverse Jane's Walk, where instead of a group walking around to different points of interest, we'll bring the points of interest to one location, where people can sample each of them in turn.  We'll have storytellers, neighourhood residents, local experts, and performers to celebrate the Hintonburg’s history, present, and future. 
Tiny Cupcakes

You'll hear the stories behind the grand opening of the Parkdale Market, learn how to navigate the neighbourhood with a Guide Dog, what it is about the area that attracts all the micro-breweries, and where/how to date in Hintonburg,   Between talks, we'll have live music.  Street Art Miniatures, the anonymous artist who has been filling the city with tiny hidden charms, is working with us to offer a photo scavenger hunt.  The Ottawa Public Library’s BiblioBike will be there, too. If that isn’t quite enough, plenty of lawn games, art projects and snacks will keep the whole family busy.  You'll need a program to keep it all straight; we'll provide a map of the park showing where and when each element will take place.     

             What:                Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau Launch Party
             When:              Thursday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
             Where:             Parkdale Park, 223 Armstrong St. (west of Parkdale Ave.)
             Admission:       Free  (but RSVP now if you're planning to come!)

Apt613 Mob 2012
Jane's 'Mob' of earlier years . . . apt613, Hintonburg,  2012

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau presents this event in partnership with Awesome Ottawa, the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, and Synapcity.

White Space
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White Space

Jw Uptown Rideau Walking Near Nelson 2017
Photo: Uptown Rideau Walk, near Nelson, 2017


Janejacobs Withbooks Color

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.

What is Jane's Walk?

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.


Montreal Rd Treasures At The Bia 2016

Photo:  Montreal Road Treasures Walk, 2016.

Thank you to all our supporters!

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau  would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: