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Ecology Ottawa and Jane's Walk explore Major's Hill Park

Take a break on Thanksgiving weekend for some Ottawa history and a walk in the fresh air! Join us on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2:00 pm to explore the history of Major's Hill Park, led by Michel Prévost.  The walk will be in French.  Full description.

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Long-time Jane's Walk walk leader Michel Prévost.  Photo: Cara Waters

This walk is part of Ecology Ottawa's Friends of Parks program in partnership with Park People, organized in partnership with Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Meet at 2:00 pm near the sculpture of Maman, the large spider in front of the National Gallery. The walk is free, but if you plan to attend, let us know by signing up here.

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Michel Prévost leading his walk in the area around Saint Paul University. 
       Photo: Cara Waters


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Prime Ministers' Row Walk, led by Francois Bregha, 2018. 
Photo by Leigh Thorpe


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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.


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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: