Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free neighbourhood walking tours held in Calgary and around the world each May. Inspired by writer and activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk encourages a wide range of people to design and lead a walking tour of an area they know well. Elementary students, seniors’ clubs, architects, refugee support agencies, artists, urban planners, Indigenous educators, ecologists, and people who make their living through bottle picking have all led Jane’s Walks in Calgary. Walks draw from a huge diversity of local interests and knowledge.
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) Jane 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.
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Join James, architecture librarian at University of Calgary, on a walk showcasing Calgary’s library buildings and history.
Enjoy nature in the Pine Creek Valley
Haysboro is a classic example of post WW2 baby boom community. Explore the history, the plan, and the many nodes defining the community
Come join the East Village Seniors Walk and Rock!
What’s “core” to being Calgarian? We asked some local artists. Come witness the results.
Grab a blanket and drum, and head up the East Side of Nose Hill Park for an Indigenous Sharing Circle.
Learn how our transportation systems work and how they impact the livability of our city.
We can’t wait to share the natural beauty of our community with you! Learn some great history and how we keep things looking good!