Jane’s Walk Winnipeg

Jane's Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. On the first weekend of May every year, Jane's Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane's Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods and discover unseen aspects of their communities. Celebrating Jane's ideas and principles, we encourage walking together to create connections between creativity and community, to engage experiences as both observers and participants, and for shared reflection, questioning, and re-imagining.

Jane's Walk Winnipeg 2019 is seeking new walks!

Do you know the hidden shortcuts in your neighbourhood? An unknown history that makes your area unique? A favorite stroll that makes you feel alive? Do you know the perfect spot to catch a sunset, or the street that has the best trees?

Wherever your walks lead, we hope you'll consider sharing them. There's no need for formal training, an elaborate script, or detailed historical knowledge - just two feet, a heartbeat, and the gift of a new perspective. Fill out our form, which allows you to clearly explain the intent of your walk. We believe that walking together is a powerful tool for community change, and we hope that you'll take part if you're able.

Sign up to lead a walk in your community.

  • Public Art, Monuments, and Memorials

    Friday, May 3, 2019 – 12:00pm-1:30pm

    Join us for a walk through St. Boniface, where we will look at old and new public works to discuss the meaning of, and difference between, public art, monuments, and memorials.

  • Circles of Nature - a 1 km natural labyrinth and 300 yr old Big Bluestem Prairie

    Friday, May 3, 2019 – 2:00pm-

    We will walk 1 km through a farm field restored to a willow wetland and enter 800 meters of grassland and aspen forest that used to be a grain field but that is returning to its more natural state. Based on the Chartres labyrinth in France 11 circles will eventually lead you on a pilgrimage to the Centre. 2 years ago we used an electronic talking stick (microphone) to give all participants the opportunity to share with the group why NATURE in the CITY is important to them. Be prepared to walk into the Centre and to walk all the way out without short cuts! A 1 km walk through the bush to the HARTE Trail will follow where we will discover and explore 1 acre of park that was added to a 4 acre park to preserve original 300 year old Big Bluestem tall grass prairie. What a hidden treasure!

    We recommend walkers park cars on Hofsted or Charleswood Rd beside the HARTE Trail and meander down to 1018 Charleswood Rd to view over 180 Gufflewarfs of folk art statues along a 300 foot farm driveway while waiting for other walkers to arrive .The walk will finish with a short trip to the Van Roon Prairie Garden Park site along the Harte Trail of the Great Trail (TransCanada Trai) and back to Charleswood Rd and Hofsted. (Or is a short walk from the end point on the Harte Trail to the Charleswood bus at Rannock Ave or a nice bike ride home along the Harte Trail!

    Highlights of the walk include 188 hidden animal statues in the labyrinth and hopefully lots more real birds and animals and deer (and a few wood ticks!). We will walk through the Heritage habitats of willow wetland, grassland and oak and aspen forest. We will have the opportunity to share our visions for preserving nature and habitat corridors within an urban setting.

  • South Osborne Art Crawl

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 10:00am-5:00pm

    This is a self-guided walking tour to ten different art studios in the South Osborne neighbourhood. At each stop you will have the opportunity to see inside a working artist's studio, learn how the work is created, and to ask any questions about the artist's process or inspirations. In its eighth year, the South Osborne Art Crawl draws visitors from all parts of the city. The artists involved work in a diverse set of mediums: ceramics, jewellery, painting, photography, sculpture, glass, and more. This walk is intended to showcase the breadth of artistic talent in this wonderful, walkable neighbourhood.

    All locations are within walking distance of one another. A map of all locations can be found at http://275days.com/soag or on our Facebook page, South Osborne Arts Group.

    To see us in action, watch this three-and-a-half-minute video.

  • Discover Downtown Transcona

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 11:00am-12:00pm

    Discover the history of the community of Transcona as we walk through the historic downtown. Learn about the founding of Transcona thanks in part to the railway, our community builders, and what makes Transcona unique and wonderful in the City of Winnipeg.

  • Walking in Style: A Garment District Tour

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 11:00am-

    Explore the heyday of Winnipeg's garment district, which was a thriving industrial hub throughout the mid-20th century. See the warehouses of Jacob & Crowley, Stobart & Sons, National Cloak, and the Sterling Stall Company and learn about their impact on the historic Exchange District. A tour of the Costume Museum of Canada workrooms will follow, with artifacts and clothing from Winnipeg’s Garment District as well as items from the exhibit A Stitch in Time!

    This tour is a collaboration between the Exchange District BIZ, The Costume Museum of Canada, and the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada.

    The Costume Museum of Canada is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Saint-Boniface un trésor culturel/ St. Boniface A Cultural Treasure

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 12:00pm-1:30pm

    Saint-Boniface un trésor culturel (dirigée par le Dr Philippe Mailhot, historien) Avec une riche histoire et de nombreux personnages historiques, Saint-Boniface est devenue une destination historique et culturelle unique. Votre guide vous parlera de l’histoire du quartier et du développement qui a eu lieu afin de préserver l’histoire, la langue et la culture et d’en faire une destination touristique et unique. Le tout finira à La Maison des artistes où vous pourrez prendre un verre et continuer le dialogue. Coordonnée par : Tourisme Riel St. Boniface A Cultural Treasure (led by Dr. Philippe Mailhot, historian) A rich history marked by characters such as Louis Riel, romanced by Gabrielle Roy, preserved and promoted by a number of organizations. This tour will talk about the history, and then take you down the main commercial strip, where new tenants have bought into the vision of a French neighborhood. But there's still more to come. Learn about the plans for the future and join the discussion on how we build on this historic area of Winnipeg while making it a destination for business, residents and tourists. The tour will end at the newly licensed La Maison des artistes Art Gallery, where you can purchase refreshments while continuing the dialogue. Coordinated by: Tourisme Riel

  • Bear Clan Patrol West Broadway

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 5:30pm-

    Note: You must pre-register for this walk and it is limited to 15 people. You must be 18 years of age or older.

    The Bear Clan Patrol provides a sense of safety, solidarity and belonging to both its members and to the communities we serve. We have committed to a non-violent, non-threatening, non-judgmental and supportive approach to relationship building and reconciliation.

    We've been patrolling in West Broadway for about a year, distributing food, clothing, hygiene products, water, and various other donations, checking in on vulnerable people, removing items of concern from the street, and providing a visible presence in the neighbourhood.

    We welcome you to join us to see what we do, with a reminder that you must register beforehand. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather, come early for some orientation before we head out at 6 PM.

  • Secrets in your Neighbourhood - Children’s walk in East Kildonan

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 10:30am-11:00am

    A 6-year-old and his mom will host this kid-friendly, short jaunt through the neighbourhood, from a recently renovated themed city park, to a secret path, and then through another secret path to a secret park. During the walk we will chat about topics that are important to kids including street safety, active transportation, and going places that cars can't go! Children should wear brightly clothing for safety. Bikes, wagons, strollers etc welcome. Come early if you want to play at the park before the walk!

  • Historical Walk around Vimy Ridge Park

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 12:00pm-1:30pm

    I'll walk around the outside perimeter of the park - starting at Portage and Canora - and give a history of the park and the houses surrounding it.

  • Historical Walk through Assiniboine Park

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 2:00pm-3:30pm

    Assiniboine Park has been welcoming visitors for 110 years. This walk will visit all of the park's iconic landmarks- the pavilion, foot bridge, English Garden, the site of the former two conservatories, the riverine forest, the perimeter of the zoo and the site of the new Diversity Garden. Along the walk the history of Assiniboine Park and all its features will be explained. The history of the park will be placed in the context of nineteenth and twentieth century park development in Canada and the United States. The walk precedes the launch of a history book on the park by David Spector entitled "Assiniboine Park - Designing and Developing a People's Playground."