Weston Janes Walk next Saturday, May 5th.

Janes Walks are free, community organized neighbourhood tours, volunteer led by the people who live there.

Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

Named after American born community activist Jane Jacobs who moved to Toronto in the 60s. She revolutionized thinking about what it means to live in a city.

The Weston Historical Society has organized several Janes Walks over the past few years and they are offering another on Saturday May 5th at 10:00am.

A River Runs Through It – And So Much More
Led by Cherri Hurst and Mary Louise Ashbourne, Weston Historical Society
10 – 11:30 am | Meet at St. John the Evangelist School at 49 George Street, Weston.

Showcasing Weston’s history but informing participants of what is new and exciting about Weston will be the main theme of this year’s Walk. With some of it showing the Humber River’s part in Weston’s history and its present contribution to making Weston the place to be. Fourteen stops only begin to show what someone can find in the area. With participants ranging from the BIA to Options for Homes to the Lions Arena this year’s Walk promises to be interesting and informative. There is one downhill slope and one medium size uphill slope. Ramps on and off the bridge. The steps can be avoided by taking a secondary route. This Walk will end in front of the mural on the old fire hall in the parking lot at the corner of Little Avenue and Weston Road.

Janes Walk follows Carrying Place route

John Graves Simcoe. From Toronto Dreams Project

This Saturday (tomorrow) Swansea Historical Society will conduct a Janes Walk in two halves which will take participants from South Kingsway all the way up to the Eglinton Flats in Weston / Mount Dennis. The walk will begin with ‘Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe’ accompanying walkers at 9:30 am from South Kingsway to Bloor (approximately 12 noon) and will continue at 1:00 pm after participants have found their own lunch.

From https://taiaiakon.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/taiaiaikon/

The second half will begin at the Alex Ling fountain at the north-west corner of Bloor and Jane and will last about 3 hours, ending at the Eglinton Flats; site of the 1793 camp where the Humber now meets Eglinton.

More details and an interactive map can be found on the Janeswalk.org site.

First Jane’s walk in Weston

The Weston Heritage Conservation District is organizing what your correspondent believes is the first-ever Weston Jane’s Walk.

Jane’s Walks are neighbourhood tours in honour of Jane Jacobs, urban planning critic and theorist.

The Welcome to Weston Walk will show how deep roots can enrich the present while still leaving room for the future. The stops involve a youth drop in, the Weston Heritage Conservation District, a modern Doctor’s clinic in a former Post Office, a multifaceted Artscape project, the evolution of Grand Trunk train station to one for the GO train and UP Express and the Historical Society Archives!

The Weston walk will be May 6 at 10 am, and will start in the GO Station parking lot. It should last about an hour.

Mt Dennis Jane’s Walk

Ever-awesome Simon Chamberlain will be leading a Jane’s Walk through Mount Dennis this weekend. The tour promises “Boom and Bust. Canals, Masons, Booze, Railroads, Disease, Flooding” (or historical facsimiles thereof).

The walk will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, May 2 at the Portage Trail School.

JW