Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate.
Our contributor Adria May took her camera on two different Jane’s Walk this weekend. The first tour was Arthur McGregor, owner of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, walk called Folk on the Street.
“Ottawa has been ‘Folk City’ since the 1950s. Coffee houses like Le Hibou, The Wasteland, The Kitchen Cinq, Le Monde, and Roosters have highlighted some of Canada’s finest talent, a good portion of it local. Currently, Ottawa is the home of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, The Ottawa Folk Festival, The Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (with their annual folk Conference) and the Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame, aka ‘Folk Walk’. Come spend an afternoon in the neighborhood that hosts the Folk Walk and hear about the current plaques, the folk murals, and the state of folk music in our city. There will be live music.”
The second tour was presented by Citizens for Safe Cycling, and took participants around Dow’s Lake to tip toe through the… flowers.
“Ottawa has a strong historical connection to the Netherlands and the tulips, but the area also shows some of the change in land use, with different bridges and roads going across Dow’s Lake. The area is also a draw for cyclists, and we’ll talk about why.”