Do you want to know more about Toronto and the neighbouring communities that make up this diverse city? Get outside and explore the city during one of the many free guided walking tours offered over Jane’s Walk weekend (May 3-5). The Jane’s Walks events are named in honour of urban planner, writer and activist, Jane Jacobs. The vision of the weekend is to encourage city dwellers to explore their city and neighbourhoods all while connecting with neighbours.
Since 2007, Jane’s Walk has provided walking tours led by locals on the first weekend in May that celebrate Jacobs’ vision of complete and walkable neighbourhoods. The first Jane’s Walk event was held in Toronto and walks are now offered in 15 countries and 75 cities around the world. With dozens of walks throughout Toronto, where does one start? There are a few options near the Greenrock apartment community, Davisville Village.
Break Down Barriers & We Will Come!
On Saturday May 4 at 11 a.m., take part in a two hour exploration of accessibility. This walk allows participants to experience what it’s like to try and navigate a neighbourhood while using a wheelchair. The focus of the walk is to raise awareness about age-friendly and accessible spaces. The walk takes place in the Yonge and Eglinton area led by long-time residents of central Toronto.
Meeting Place: The Anne Johnston Health Station,
2398 Yonge Street Toronto
Saturday, May 4 11 a.m.
Layers of Leaside
Trace the living history of Leaside and its journey from railway and industrial centre to affluent Toronto neighbourhood.
Meeting & End Location: Leaside Library
165 McRae Drive, Toronto
Sunday, May 5 1:30 p.m.
Historic Moore Park: The Making of a Suburb
For fans of architecture and planning, check out the historic Moore Park walk. When Moore Park joined the city of Toronto in 1912 it was a rural country retreat. Less than twenty years later, it had evolved into a fully developed Toronto suburb. The 2.5 hour tour is guided in partnership with Heritage Toronto.
Meeting Place: SW corner of St Clair Ave E and Inglewood Dr, parkette at east end of St Clair bridge
Saturday, May 4 1:30 p.m.
If the nearby walks aren’t quite what you’re looking for then log onto the Jane’s Walk Toronto website. From there, you can filter walks by theme and choose from everything from a historical tour, a foodie focused walk and night owl treks. In a similar vein to Jane’s Walks, the Royal Ontario Museum also offers ROMwalks for members on Saturdays in June and September.
We encourage you to get out and honour the ideas and legacy of Jane Jacobs while participating in your neighbourhood. Do you plan to join any Jane’s walks this weekend? Share your journeys and neighbourhood gems in the comments.
If you’d like to live in a walkable community where you can do your daily errands by foot, Davisville Village is located right outside the Davisville subway stop in a neighbourhood with excellent recreational facilities, schools, great restaurants, bars and shopping. From your Davisville apartment, the best of Toronto is at your doorstep. Contact our team to learn more about our Toronto apartment communities and availabilities in our studio/bachelor, one and two bedroom apartments.