Category: Janes Walks 2024

Jane’s Walks are free neighbourhood walking tours that get people out on the streets to discover unseen, under celebrated and unique stories about their city. They began in 2007 in Toronto in honour of Jane Jacobs the noted urbanologist and have spread across North America. Happy City is proud to organize a series of Jane’s Walks in the city each year.

Walks are usually about an hour to an hour and a half in duration, with plenty of stops along the way. Some do involve steep hills or stairs; if this would be difficult for you, reach out to our secretary, Elizabeth Oliver.  All walks are free and no registration is required. They are generally held rain or shine but if you are unsure on the day, return to this page where we will indicate if an event has been cancelled or postponed.

June 8: Downtown Queer History Walk

This province has a rich queer history, much of which remains under-acknowledged and under-recognized. All around us – from rural beaches to urban streetscapes, from fishing wharves to nightclubs – lie sites of queer history, queer life, queer potential.
The Downtown Queer History Walk is a 1.5 – 2 hour journey through queer history as represented in the sites and spaces of downtown St. John’s. It’s hosted by Rhea Rollmann, journalist and author of 2023 book A Queer History of Newfoundland. We’ll explore key organizing sites, sites of protest and activism, sites of community-building and the struggle for change. Along the way, we’ll discuss some of the key moments in 20th century queer activism: the individuals and groups who fought for change, the intersectional solidarities that made change possible, and the ways in which the struggles of the past echo in the lived realities of the present.

The walk traverses the St. John’s downtown core, from Military Road to Water Street, along a meandering route heading for the most part downhill. Be aware however that St. John’s streets are often in a state of rubble-strewn disrepair so wear appropriate footwear. There is one portion of the route involving a set of stairs but reach out if you require accommodation. Dress for the weather, which in St. John’s is unpredictable at the best of times.

The walk begins at 11AM on Saturday, June 8th at the gate in front of the Colonial Building, 90 Military Road.

June 9: Building Better Streets: Enhancing walkability and mobility for all

St. John’s can be a walker’s paradise, however we’ve ceded most of the land to cars. Join Myles Russell of partner organization Streets are for People as we explore the hidden hazards and triumphs of urban mobility, from the perils pedestrians face in noisy, traffic-laden streets to the dynamics of walking, cycling, and driving. Discover the challenges and solutions in our shared-use paths, sidewalk maintenance, and transit systems, including fascinating insights into transit graveyards and connectivity issues.

The walk starts at 11:00 on Sunday, June 9th and will begin and end at Churchill Square. The meeting point for this walk is the bench next to the Elizabeth Avenue entrance to the Churchill Square parking lot.

Jun 9: Growing Community: Food growing and composting in Centre City

Join us for a lively walk to discover the ‘growing community’ in centre city. We will start on Sunday, June 9th at 2:00PM at Aldershot Community Garden on 30 Aldershot Street. From there we will visit Georgestown Community Compost and Bonaventure Community Garden, school gardens at Holy Heart of Mary and St. Bon’s, and finish at the Tessier Park Fruit Forest.

We’ll dig into the role of gardens to enhance social spaces with hosts Sarah Crocker and Viviana Ramirez Luna.
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