We can think of no better way to experience the Durham Region than to “walk it”. There are a lot of folks who agree with us. People who participate in the annual Jane’s Walk Festival
are like-minded. Every year, on the first weekend in May, tens of thousands of people all over the world take part.
“Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities and connect with neighbours.
Jane Jacobs was considered a citizen activist and urbanist, and she was best known for her writings about cities. Her first book, (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), offered a new vision of diverse cities made for and by the people who live in them. If nothing else, you should check out this “quick primer” on some of Jacobs’ key ideas, Ten Big Ideas
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Jane’s Walk was founded in 2007 with seven walks in Toronto that first year. As of last year, over 1,000 Jane’s Walks took place in 212 cities around the world, including 36 countries on six continents. This will be the first year that the entire Durham Region is participating.
You can walk or cycle through one of six area municipalities and enjoy a range of fascinating walks telling the stories of our region, its history, its characters and its challenges. Here is a list of the opportunities available:
- Camp 30/Jury Lands Walk (former WWII POW Camp) – This tour explores Camp 30, a National Historic Site and former WWII POW camp for high-ranking German officers.
- Werden’s Walk – A guided tour through the historic Werden’s Plan neighbourhood.
- Walking in the Steps of the Bomb Girls: Ajax and the DIL Munitions Plant – Find out about the World War II history and connection to the birth of the Ajax community, while learning stories about the Bomb Girls.
- Camp-X Walking Tour – It all happened right here. Spies and soldiers trained in top-secret skills, not to mention inspiration for Ian Fleming and his 007 legacy.
- Oshawa’s Cycling “Walk” – Find out about the history and be introduced to Oshawa’s cycling network.
- Discovering Oshawa’s historic downtown – Explore Oshawa’s historic Four Corners.
No registration is needed and it’s free! For a complete list with details please visit Jane’s Walk Festival – Durham Region.
Join the fun this weekend, May 5th to 7th, and walk Durham Region with us!