Jane’s Walk 2010

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The fourth annual Jane’s Walk returns the weekend of May 1st and 2nd. This series of free neighbourhood walking tours are all planned, plotted and led by those who want to share their knowledge about their community.

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The goal of Jane’s Walk is to raise urban literacy and build strong, connected communities by offering a pedestrian-focused event that combines insights into civic history, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing.

Last year there were more than 315 tours across Canada, the United States and India with about 10,000 participants in total.

The tours explore collective history, architecture or city planning. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about how your street got its name, the age of the giant Oak on the corner, or how a new playground came to be.

Walks confirmed in Vancouver so far include:

  • Strathcona – The Other Side of Hastings
  • Wreck Beach – Walk on the Wild Side I
  • Public Art in Vancouver
  • Wandering the Leq’leq’i Portage
  • Opium, Laundry and Pawnshops
  • … and more
  • Sign up online for the walk of your choice May 1st and/or May 2nd. If you would like to show off your neighbourhood know-how and local knowledge, you can sign up to host your own Jane’s Walk that weekend. Hosts also have the option to take a workshop about how to lead their tour, courtesy of Think City.

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    1. ErinTuesday, April 13th, 2010 — 3:45pm PDT

      Thanks for blogging about this, it sounds like a great way for me to get to know my new city a bit better. I have signed up! 🙂

    2. SandyWednesday, April 14th, 2010 — 3:09am PDT

      This sounds awesome! As a newcomer I’m definitely interested in learning more about the city. Too bad it’s only over two days – should be all year!

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