Jane's Walk Victoria_YYJ 2019

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, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Want to lead a Jane's Walk in Victoria? Fill out this Walk Leader form.

RSVP is not required – just show up at the starting location and enjoy the walk. Consider arriving by public transit, on foot or bicycle.

Here are the Jane's Walks in Victoria:

Walk in a Watershed

May 4th, 2019 • 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Walk Leader: Andrea Gleichauf

Densification of a previous agricultural watershed

Meet at the community board of Browning Park on the west side of Bowker Creek

Walk Route: Cross Shelbourne at McRae Ave., head east towards Richmond Rd., cut through at Woodley To University Woods subdivision, back along Camosun College, end at McRae Bistro.

This walk has curbs and steps, sidewalks, busy or noisy vehicle traffic.

Seniors, children and people with bicycles welcome

Walk duration: 90 minutes

Hands of Time Walk

May 4th, 2019 • 10:30 a.m-noon

Walk Leader: Carolyn Gisborne

Have you ever noticed any of the 12 bronze sculptures around the City of Victoria, especially the Inner Harbour? Learn more about these hidden sculptures, what they represent and why they were created.

Meet in front of the Robert Bateman museum on Belleville Street and Menzies Street

We will stop at various locations around the Inner Harbour.

This walk has curbs and steps, sidewalks, and busy or noisy vehicle traffic.

Seniors and children welcome.

Walk Duration: 60-90 minutes

Bowker Creek Connections

May 4th, 2019 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Walk Leader: Soren Henrich

Walk along greenways and sidewalks to see Bowker Creek, raingardens, a metal tree, an avenue of pines and a neighbourhood Spirit Garden.

Meet at Bowker Creek Oak Bay High School creek observation deck

This 90-minute walk from the Oak Bay High School – Bowker Creek restoration, follows the creek above ground, past Fort and Foul Bay offices, restaurants and businesses, to public raingardens at Trent Street, riparian creek restoration near St. Patrick School, an avenue of pines beside the BC Hydro field, to the North Jubilee Spirit Garden. Participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch to nearby Kings Park. We'll negotiate vehicle traffic at Fort and Foul Bay at a signalized intersection, and at Richmond Road at a marked crosswalk. On the way, we'll assess the walkability and accessibility of the route, and consider the value of restoring wetland function and daylighting the buried sections of the creek as proposed in the Bowker Creek Blueprint.

This walk has curbs and steps, sidewalks, busy or noisy vehicle traffic, and some dirt paths.

Seniors , children welcome, people with bicycles welcome, wheelchairs or walking aids welcome

Walk duration: 90 minutes

Bowker Creek: My Life So Far

May 5th, 2019 • 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Walk Leader: Gerald Harris

Meet at the UVic bus loop, near Cincenta entrance

Bowker Creek and valley have been through much in the past 20,000 years. Shifts in geology, climate, ecosystem, human impact - it's been intense and its not over. We will walk from the source of the creek at UVic to the viewpoint atop Mt. Tolmie thinking about our urban watershed as it has been, is now and may be in the future.

The walk ends at Mt. Tolmie summit. People can walk down the hill to Richmond Rd. for a bus to UVic, or walk back to UVic (1/2 hour).

This walk has curbs and steps, sidewalks, dirt paths, and a moderately steep walk up Mt. Tolmie paths.

Seniors and children welcome.

Walk duration: 90 minutes

Walking for Neighborhood Affordability

May 5th, 2019 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Walk Leader: Todd Litman

Meet at the Beacon Hill Park Playground at Cook and May Street.

This walk explores ways to make more affordable and inclusive communities by allowing more compact, affordable housing in walkable urban neighborhoods. We will identify various affordable housing types, including secondary suites, townhouses and low-rise apartments, discuss what we like and dislike about them, obstacles to their development, and practical solutions to inaffordability. We will stop at various locations between the Cook Street Village and James Bay.

This walk has curbs, steps and sidewalks.

Seniors, children, people with bicycles, wheelchairs or walking aids are welcome.

Walk Duration: 90 minutes