It’s that time of year again folks – the time where we get together to explore and enjoy our amazing city! Many of us take for granted all the amazing sites and activities that Toronto has to offer, especially in the warmer months. Now that spring is finally here, it’s the perfect time to lace up your walking shoes and participate in the annual Jane’s Walk. This year, Jane’s Walk takes place from the evening of May 3rd to May 5th.
Jane’s Walks, named after the famous urbanist Jane Jacobs, are a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that aim to put people in touch with their city and with each other. They do so by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally.
Below we’ve included some highlights from this year’s schedule, but you can click here for the full itinerary and details.
Here are some walks you might enjoy:
Saturday, May 4th @ 10am (3 hours): King and Spadina: One of The Two Kings
The Good Neighbour The Artist The Fun & The Furious The Aesthete
A quick tour of parts of the Roastery building(taking in the 10 foot square portrait of her created by artists John Scott and Deborah Waddington and roof garden – which Jane Jacobs loved and wrote about in the New York Times magazine). It will then proceed through the streets of King and Spadina and discuss the history of the zoning changes that occurred in ’97 and the impact it had on the area, the buildings, and people.
Starting Point: The Roastery, 401 Richmond St. West
Ending Point: Victoria Street Square
Saturday, May 4th @ 11:30 am (1.5 hours): NOT the history of Liberty Village – digging under the skin and behind the curtain.
This walk will explore the contrast between Big Data – the things we know, see and experience about a place vs. Small Data – the questions, insight and, yes, the history that we don’t know, can’t see, never stop to question or couldn’t readily find out about our community.
As we circumnavigate Liberty Village, we will be exploring this concept in a different way – through narrative and with immersive technology – a smart phone app.
Starting Point: Starbucks in Liberty Village
Ending Point: Starbucks in Liberty Village
Saturday, May 4th @ 10:30 am (2 hours): Historical Walking Tour of Yorkville (Part 1): The Parks of Yorkville
Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Architects Ken Greenberg and Michael McClelland for a walking conversation on how the future of Yorkville can be shaped in the context of current development, while taking in the unique heritage of Yorkville including the Yorkville Public Library and the award winning Village of Yorkville Park.
Starting Point: Yorkville Public Library
Ending Point: Village of Yorkville Park, Cumberland St
Saturday, May 4th @1 pm (2 hours): Transforming Queens Quay — Toronto’s Main Waterfront Street
Learn more about the $110 million revitalization project now underway that is completely transforming Queens Quay – Toronto’s main waterfront street – into a world-class boulevard.
Starting Point: Spadina Wave Deck
Ending Point: Canada’s Sugar Beach
Saturday May 4th @ 1pm (1.5 hours): Murder!
A tour of historic murders in the Annex neighbourhood.
Starting Point: Steps of 371 Bloor St W
Saturday May 4th @ 1pm (2 hours): Early Toronto: Heroes and Rogues in the Old Town of York
On this tour, you’ll wander the streets of the old Town of York, and find out where some of the most bizarre people in the town lived and worked. You’ll learn about Toronto’s earliest history, but also have the chance to transport yourself back in to the past, to become a resident of the old Town of York for an hour or two, and spy on your neighbours!
Starting Point: The Market Gallery
Ending Point: Distillery District