By Lori Bosworth
Jane’s Walk takes place May 2-4, 2014 in many cities throughout the world including Toronto. What a great way to shake off a desperately long winter and welcome a long-awaited spring by participating in one of the 150 Jane’s Walks taking place in Toronto. A tribute to Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk allows you to become a tourist in your own city. Some of the Jane’s Walk Toronto walks in 2014 include:
Exploring the Cultural University and Discovery District – May 3, 2014, 1 p.m. – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Meet at 135 St. George Street in front of the York Club. The walk continues past the Royal Conservatory of Music, along Philosopher’s Walk, past Hart House and University College and ends at the Arg Gallery of Ontario.
Guide will be holding a sign that says “Jane’s Walk”.
Twilight Labyrinth Walk in High Park – May 2, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 2 hours
Meet at Grenadier Restaurant in High Park, then proceed to the High Park Labyrinth. Learn about the history of labyrinths during this meditative walk.
Guide will have a sign that says, “High Park Labyrinth Jane’s Walk”.
Journalists & Editors in 19th Century Toronto, May 3, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 hours
The walk starts at 160 Frederick Street, where you will learn about William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronot’s first mayor. You will also learn about George Brown, the father of Confederation, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, abolitionist who owned a print shop on King Street East, and Vic Steinberg, a woman who dressed as a man in order to work as a reporter.
Guides will be wearing Mackenzie House signs.
Walk as Workout – May 2, 2014, 7 p.m. and May 3, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Start at Etienne Brule Park parking lot and continue this workout walk south along the Humber River. Stop at the waterfall, see a wonderful view of the CN Tower, stop at the Humber River lookout and finish at Home Smith Park.
Guide will be wearing a neon green reflective vest that says “WoW Power Walking”.
West Don Lands and Pan-Parapan Am Athletes’ Village Walk, May 3, 2014, 2 p.m. – 1 hour and 30 minutes
The walk starts at Underpass Park (Lower River Street, south of King Street East) and continues past the Dominion Foundry Building to view the Canary District/Athletes’ Village. You’ll also stop at the new Corktown Common and see the new surrounding community.
Guide will have Jane’s Walk signs.
Walking and Working: A Woman’s Labour History Walking Tour of Toronto, May 4, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 hour and 30 minutes
Meet at northwest corner of Spadina and College and find out about the Mississauga of New Credit ancestral lands and women in labour and feminist movements including Grace Hartman, Madeleine Parent, Emma Goldman and Amelia Earhart.
Guide will have Mayworks Festival Programs sign.