Discover Guelph with Jane’s Walk 2016

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Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours taking place throughout the city, which encourages people to learn more about where they live and each other.

The walks are in remembrance of Jane Jacobs, an urban thinker, writer and activist. Born in 1916, her work discussed a community-based approach to city building, and saw cities as ecosystems. This year marks the centennial of Jane Jacobs’s birth.

Here is the 2016 Schedule for Guelph

All walks are free with the exception of the one hosted by the Guelph Arts Council.

Saturday, May 7th

Why is it named The Petrie Building?

10:00-11:30pm

Walk down Wyndham St. with Alexander’s great grandson. Learn about Alexander’s contributions to and influence on local architecture; which buildings are still named after Mr. Petrie and why.

Meet: Planet Bean Coffee Shop (corner of Carden & Wyndham),

End: 39 Wyndham St.

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Lands, Leaders and Opportunities

10:30pm – 12:30pm

Come meet the people, or share your stories, & learn about the oldest neighbourhood in the city and, how it is ever evolving.

Meet: AY Catering, 23 Garibaldi St.

Magnificant Magnolia Ride

1:00-3:30pm

Join in a casual, festive bike ride to kick off Spring and, enjoy the Magnificant Magnolia trees in blossom. The ride is about 12km and ends with a garden party. You can join or leave the ride at any time. Prizes for most outlandish ensemble and best spring bonnets.

Meet: Speed River Cycle, 135 Wyndham St.

End: Arthur St. N

Sunday, May 8th

There’s no there, there? Walking Wellington St. East

11:00am – 12:00pm

Walk don’t drive! Explore downtown Guelph’s “fast food alley” and help reveal the unique history, ecology and beauty of Wellington Street. Come share your stories of the business that have come and gone.

Meet: Cash Money, NE corner of Wellington & Gordon. Please park across the street.

End: Mr. Sub, at Wellington & York.

Spring Wildflowers at Starkey Hill

1:00pm-2:30pm

The deciduous forest floor explodes with white, pink and yellow wildflowers, for six short weeks, every spring. Don’t miss the show!

Meet/End (Loop): Strarkey Hill Trail Parking Lot

Park Avenue Stories – a child’s perspective

2:00-3:00pm

Porches play a transitional role between inside and outside play. Local, past and, present residents show you Park Avenue from some of the most majestic porches in the city.

Meet: London Bed and Breakfast, 80 London Rd. (outside on Park Avenue.)

THE SLOPES OF THE SPEED ($5 charge for Guelph Arts Council)

2:00 – 3:30pm

Participants will explore the slopes of the Speed River between Norwich and Macdonell Streets, where many of Guelph’s largest and most distinguished historic homes are located.

Meet: Guelph Public Library, 100 Norfolk Street

Sustainable Infill: What does that mean & what can it look like?

3:30-5:00pm

See how existing neighbourhoods can be integrated with diverse, small scale complementary infill development. These healthy, low impact design and construction buildings will support sustainable lifestyles.

Meet: GCVI Highschool, 155 Paisley Rd. (Yorkshire St. parking lot)

Why is it named The Petrie Building?

3:00-4:30pm

Walk down Wyndham St. with Alexander’s great grandson. Learn about Alexander’s contributions to and influence on local architecture; which buildings are still named after Mr. Petrie and why.

Meet: Planet Bean Coffee Shop (corner of Carden & Wyndham),

End: 39 Wyndham St.

For more information see the Jane’s Walk Website page for Guelph.

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Related Links:

What makes a great city? Just ask Jane

Jane’s Walk Website

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