Jane's Walk

Follow in Jane Jacobs' footsteps by leading 

a tenth anniversary Jane's Walk May 5-7, 2017.

Jane Jacobs was passionate about community and city life. If you have similar passions, why not share your stories, insights and ideas about your community or favourite part of Calgary? Lead a Jane’s Walk this year. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. 

For more information, EMAIL or call Julie Black at the Calgary Foundation at 403-802-7720.

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If you want to LEAD a walk - please use the international website to post your walk. The site can be cranky so if you run into trouble, contact us and we’ll help.

If you want to JOIN a walk -  Click HERE to view all of the walks available May 5 - 7.

If you want to VOLUNTEER – please contact us. There are volunteer roles available that let you volunteer and still participate in the walks that interest you.

10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk – In partnership with Theatre Junction, a special 10 year anniversary project was implemented to encourage community-based groups to create a 10-minute theatre piece that celebrated a Calgary neighbourhood.  Five groups have been selected and assigned to neighbourhoods. 

  • On Saturday, May 6: Each group will perform their piece at Theatre Junction GRAND. 
  • On Sunday, May 7: Each group will perform their piece in their assigned neighbourhood that inspired their piece.
  • Groups that were chosen to perform are:
    • University of Calgary Improv Club
      Community: Beltline
      Theatre Junction GRAND area: Vintage Room
    • Apile of Parts Productions
      Community: Ramsay
      Theatre Junction GRAND area: Grand Staircase
    • Tangy Lime Dance Projects
      Community: Montgomery
      Theatre Junction GRAND area: Ocular
    • Gula
      Community: East Village
      Theatre Junction GRAND area: Lobby
    • Valour & Tea
      Community: Mayland Heights
      Theatre Junction GRAND area: Mezzanine

A Global Movement 

Jane’s Walks are free, locally-led walking tours inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Walks can focus on almost any aspect of a neighbourhood, and on almost any topic you can think of. Walks can be serious or funny, informative or exploratory; they can look at the history of a place, or at what’s happening there right now.  Anyone can lead a walk–because everyone is an expert on the place where they live! To learn more about the global movement of Jane's walks, visit the Jane's Walk International website.

Jane's Walk Calgary

Jane's Walk Calgary has been an initiative of the Calgary Foundation since 2008 in partnership with Jane's Walk international. In our first nine years, over 250 volunteer walk leaders have led over 200 distinct walks in 88 neighbourhoods across Calgary and nearby. 2016 saw 2,139 walkers at 68 different free tours around Calgary on topics as diverse as the human health benefits of walking our dogs, how new suburbs can build their sense of identity, the main street urban design framework and the murals of Chinatown.

Jane  Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With a keen eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. At the core of her work and thinking was the need to get out and walk your city and observe how people, through their actions and interactions, create communities with a strong sense of belonging.