Jane's Walk Ottawa to feature More than 50 Walks: May 4 - 5, 2019

Jane Jacobs outside her Spadina Road home in Toronto, 1968. PHOTO: Frank Lennon / Toronto Star File Photo.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


SAVE THE DATES: MAY 4 - 5, 2019

Jane's Walk is an annual weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours throughout Ottawa-Gatineau, led by local citizens who care passionately about where they live, work and play.  The event takes its name from the late urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, born 103 years ago on May 4, 1916.

Jacobs had a profound influence on the way we consider urban space, urban life and urban infrastructure.  Her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities roundly criticized the large-scale destruction of neighbourhoods resulting from urban renewal policies of the 1950's and 60's.  Many of her groundbreaking ideas about urbanism remain relevant today, and are now considered "common sense" by many contemporary architects and planners.

After starting in May 2007 in Toronto, Jane's Walk spread quickly to other cities—including Ottawa—in 2008 and is now a global event.

Tours offer insights into local history, planning, design and civic engagement.  The 2019 edition of Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau features a wide range of interesting walks, in both English and French, including such places as Centretown, Wellington Village, the Fletcher Wildlife Garden at the Central Experimental Farm, Stittsville, Lowertown, Little Italy, and the Re-purposed Heritage Buildings of the Parliamentary and Judicial Precinct, led by Heritage Ottawa's David Jeanes.

Visit the Jane's Walk website for the full schedule of events!


Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be a sponsor of Jane's Walk.