Thousands of residents are expected to hit the streets on May 4 and 5 for Jane’s Walk, a citywide event that celebrates local businesses, public spaces, and the city’s history. Launched in Toronto in 2007 in honour of the late activist and author Jane Jacobs, the walks have quickly grown in popularity and spread all over the world, beginning in Ottawa six years ago. An expert in urban literacy and city planning, Jacobs was known for saying “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” In this spirit, the free events are led by experts and locals with a passion for their neighbourhoods. With an expected 50 walks taking place around Ottawa-Gatineau, here are five we’re especially eager to try.
By Sanita Fejzic