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.

The 2021 Jane’s Walk Festival Weekend is May 7, 8 and 9. With consideration of current public health guidelines, Jane’s Walk Winnipeg will share maps online that you can use to follow along from the comfort of your own home or by heading out onto the same route on your own time. 

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We believe that sharing a walk (or ride or roll) is a powerful tool for community change, and we hope that you'll take part...

Do you know the hidden shortcuts in your neighbourhood? An unknown history that makes your area unique? A favourite stroll that is helping you through the pandemic? 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 your personal experience, ideas and perspective, and an interest in sharing them!

Fill out our I want to lead a Jane's Walk Form (by April 30), which allows you to clearly explain your walk. We will use this information to build a virtual tour through Google Maps that anyone can use to follow along. You may also build your own Google Map and send us the link.

Would you like some tips for how to lead a Jane's Walk? Check out JanesWalk.org

Read stories from a few past Winnipeg walks.

2021 Walks!

North/East Kildonan 5 km Walk - Pokemon GO by Holly P.
*coming soon*

Three River Run/Walk by Andrew McLaren
"As the race director for the Pride Run - I wanted to develop a walking/running course that shows off the trails in the centre of the City. I developed this course that crosses the Assiniboine, Red and Seine rivers. It also takes in The Forks, Taché promenade, Whittier Park and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. I live in the Exchange District and I love that I can run trails along all three rivers in Winnipeg within a 10km loop of my home."

West Broadway Spooky History Walk by Robert Shaw

Winnipeg Walking Maps & Resources

Winnipeg organizations have developed a wide variety of resources to help guide you around our city:

  • Bunn's Creek Public Art Tour (coming soon)
  • BLUE Line Public Art Tour (coming soon)

2020 Archive

Check out the guided walking tours below from 2020. Follow along from the comfort of your own home or by heading out onto the same route on your own time. 

May 26, 2020
The final virtual Jane's Walk of 2020 was created by Sarah Hodges-Kolisnyk, a photographer and art educator who is passionate about making art accessible and engaging to everyone. Sarah has taught creative photography techniques for over 10 years, delivers public art tours in Winnipeg, and is continuing to learn about diversifying the viewer experience while pursuing her Master's Degree in Cultural Studies. This tour was designed to introduce key art concepts and give you critical tools to form a personal response to the artworks. 

Take the tour!

May 8, 2020
Our next Jane's Walk comes from West Broadway resident and walk enthusiast Rob Shaw, who loves to share his love for Winnipeg by creating and leading tours of all of the hidden and unique parts of our city. 

West Broadway is a community rich in diversity, culture, and people. This self-guided, socially-distanced walk will give you a new insight into this vibrant, inner-city neighbourhood while discovering some of its beautiful public art.

Follow the map and read along!

May 1, 2020
Check out these two Jane's Walks from the University of Manitoba's Office of Sustainability:

Bannatyne Campus Walk
This tour explores the history of the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus and Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) and its relationship to the community through its buildings, campus design and sustainability features. This walk will feature Jacob Penner Park, Central Energy Plant and the Medicine Garden for Indigenous Learning.

Fort Garry Campus Walk 
This walk explores sustainability topics such as Energy, Transportation, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainability Education, Health & Well-being, and Indigenous connection to this land on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus. This walk will feature the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the campus Re-Shop, UMCycle and Migizii Agamik.