Jane’s Walk returns to Calgary this weekend, and this time you have the choice of over three dozen walks to enjoy. Jane’s Walks are free, volunteer-led walks though neighbourhoods that highlight unique and interesting history, architecture, stories, sights, and other fascinating elements along the way.
Jane’s Walk is named for Canadian writer and activist Jane Jacobs, who was passionately interested in topics related to city planning and urban decay. Having passed away in 2006, Jane’s Walk has taken hold in cities around the world to celebrate her ideas about exploration of neighbourhoods and meeting those in your community.
ETA: I find their schedule difficult to read. I’m thinking of going to multiple walks, but with different start times and different lengths, I find it hard to plan. Thinking others might want an easy solution as well, I have come up with a schedule chart that makes it easier to identify which walks are happening when. LINK
Happening on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, these are among the almost forty different walks taking place this year:
Guided by Jing Grace Wang
Want to know more about Chinese culture but never got a chance to visit China? Chinatown tour will be the best choice for you! Chinatown is a small reflection of China embedded in brilliant culture and exuberant history. We have murals that are painted to fight the graffiti in Chinatown, and in turn shares stories of how the Chinese started its roots in Calgary. The 100-year old Canton building, “dinning block” that serves tons of amazing traditional Chinese food, The Chinese Cultural Centre that holds lots of great Chinese events, Sien Lok Park that is always promoting Chinese language, philosophies and culture, and The Dragon City Mall that runs different business related to Chinese culture, these are all fantastic places you don’t want to miss!
Guided by Caterina Gut & Elizabeth Jack, Women’s Centre of Calgary
Curious about how women have helped to create Calgary today? Join us on a stroll through downtown Calgary to discover some of the unknown stories about Calgary women. We will mark the achievements of women who came before us, highlight the work being done by women today, and learn more about current issues women in Calgary are concerned about.
Guided by Paul Chambers
Don’t know where to get that unusual ingredient or favourite treat? The Beltline has a food store for that!
We’ll spend two hours exploring the diverse range of specialty food and grocery stores in the Beltline, all within walking distance of each other. We’ll meet the passionate owners and staff who contribute to the Beltline’s unique gastronomic culture. We’ll learn the history of the stores, where they source their products and even get some tips for cooking your dinner!
We’ll be visiting Community Natural Foods, Epiphany Chocolate, Kalamata Grocery (Greek), Matrioshka Grocery (Russian), Boyd’s Lobster Shop, Rustic Sourdough Bakery, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese & Wine Ink.
Guided by Jason Markusoff
In a city with a mythology of risk-takers, dusty shelves are full of proposals and blueprints that promised a very different-looking Calgary. This walk starts at the Prince’s Island Museum that never existed, retraces the path of the expressway that almost flattened Eau Claire and Chinatown, and ends near the canal that didn’t dissect East Village. We’ll ponder how these alternative realities would have transformed our city.