Trees and Houses of the SLUM (Simpson Leo Upton MacGregor)

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Jane’s Walk is a series of neighbourhood walking tours that put people in touch with their environment. Since 2007, this international free walking festival seeks to better acquaint people with their neighbourhoods and each other and highlight personal accounts of how people use public spaces. On Friday May 5-Sunday May 7, over 1000 walking tours will take place across 6 continents, 36 countries, and in approximately 200 communities. This year, Sault Ste. Marie will host its second annual series of Jane’s Walks.

Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents at a time when scale models and grand visions of the future removed designers from the experience of the city by foot. The walks help bring people together into strong and resourceful communities, cultivating belonging and encouraging civic leadership. For more information on Jane’s Walks and to stay updated on the Sault Ste. Marie walk schedule, visit:janeswalk.org

This circular stroll begins and ends at 1875 landmark building, Bishophurst, official residence of the Bishop of Algoma. Meet us at 134 Simpson Street where two of Sault Ste Marie’s grandest trees stand nearby: a rare example of the endangered American Chestnut and a pre-settlement old growth bur oak.

Share stories as you walk the same streets as Roberta Bondar, Ken Danby and William Hearst. Discover the second oldest house in Sault Ste Marie (the Upton on Kensington) and the secret behind Bishop’s Court. Old meets new in this lovely walkable neighbourhood that is anchored by homes built in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, where long-time residents live side-by-side with young families, and where the streets are graced by some of our city’s most stately and notable trees.

This year’s festival will kick off with a screening of “Citizen Jane: Battle of the City” on Friday, May 5 at 7pm at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. This widely renowned film premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and recounts Jane Jacobs’ 1960s showdown between New York City’s Chief Planner Robert Moses, who planned to raze Lower Manhattan to make way for a highway. Admission is by donation. For more information about the film, visit: altimeterfilms.com

Do you have an idea for a fun, informative way of looking at a Sault Ste. Marie neighbourhood? Contact Nicole at [email protected] to organize a walk. Stay tuned on Facebook atwww.facebook.comfor a detailed schedule of walks!