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This weekend is a great time to get outside and walk! Participate in one of our neighbourhood walking tours taking place this Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7.

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.

Check out our awesome schedule of walks!

Friday, May 5

Accessibility Committee Downtown Walk – 12pm

Led by: Nancie Scott and Diane Morrell

Meet at the Heritage Parking Lot, beside Skeggs Paciocco Law at 819 Queen Street East

Shingwauk/Algoma Historic Site Walk – 2:30pm

Led by: Krista McCracken and Skylee-Storm Hogan

Meet at Algoma University front steps (1520 Queen Street East)


Saturday, May 6

Bayview Neighbourhood Walk – 11am

Led by: Sean Meades

Meet at Polish Canadian Hall (232 Goulais Avenue)

Let’s get inspired about vacancies! – 12:30pm

Led by: Katie Blunt

Meet at King Street Parking Lot, beside 30 King Street

Queen Street East Historical Walk – 2pm

Led by: Michael Burtch

Meet at Clergue Park, big table and chairs

Trees and Houses of the SLUM (Simpson, Leo, Upton, MacGregor) – 4pm

Led by Peggy Lauzon and Jeff Hinich

Meet at 134 Simpson Street – Bishophurst


Sunday, May 7

A Promenade through the P-Patch: Past and Present Perspectives – 11am

Led by Tori Prouse

Meet at Ben R. McMullin Public School (24 Paradise Avenue)

Food Accessibility Downtown – 3pm

Led by Nicole Dyble

Meet at Westside Café (260 Queen Street West)

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:

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