Active living in Kingston Ontario

Jane’s Walk Weekend May 7-8: Free Historical Walking Tours in Kingston

Jane's Walk Locations(KINGSTON, Ont.) –Kingston, it’s that time of year to get your walking gear out! Several area neighbourhood associations and community groups have once again come together to present a Jane’s Walk Weekend this May. Kingston’s 2016 Jane’s Walks are on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th mornings and afternoons.

Tour leaders are co-ordinating their efforts to offer another round of stimulating walking tours on a variety of subjects throughout Kingston neighbourhoods including Barriefield (“The Heritage District: Buffered or Besieged?”), Inner Harbour (“Life and Labour in the Inner Harbour”), Portsmouth (“From Villa to Insane Asylum”), Sydenham (“Then and Now”), and Williamsville (“Main Street – the Evolution”). The locations and tour subjects are diverse, and tour leaders hope that participants will opt in to more than one to explore stories about their own and other neighbourhoods in Kingston.

“These are more than historical walking tours. This is a great way for people to find out about places they may have wondered about, but never knew who to ask,” says John Grenville, of the Williamsville Community Association and Jane’s Walk Kingston co-ordinator. “Residents have an opportunity not usually available, and it is a chance for our organizations to showcase where we live,” he adds.
“We are all excited to present the tours and the stories they tell to the community, and hope everyone who attends enjoy the varied approach and subjects. We look at this as a chance for neighbourhood associations and community groups to work together on the Jane’s Walk Weekend and promote healthy outdoor activity as well,” says Grenville.

Jane’s Walk Kingston tour descriptions and details on start time, duration, accessibility and start location can be found on the Jane’s Walk website

and take place Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th mornings and afternoons rain or shine. Tours are free and you can even add your own.

Jane Jacobs, a journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies and book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) introduced the concepts of “eyes on the street” and “social capital”. Her grassroots efforts stimulated residents’ interest in their own neighbourhoods and precipitated a world-wide phenomenon of volunteer citizen-led tours.

For more information, contact: John Grenville, Kingston Co-ordinator

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