From May 5 to 7th, Abbotsford welcomes Jane’s Walks-- multiple walking tours centred around the arts, food and culture, and architecture and neighbourhood change.
Inspired by a woman named Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are designed to celebrate evolving neighbourhoods while engaging in discussion about community-based city building.
A little about Jane…Jane was not a trained city planner, but she was a concerned citizen who spent time observing city life. She formulated theories about what makes a city an amazing place to live, believed in walkable neighbourhoods and urban literacy, and championed the voices of local residents.
After passing away in 2006, a group of her friends decided to honour her by continuing her legacy and founding Jane’s Walk. Jane’s book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, positions her passion best with this impactful statement.
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Free of charge, Tourism Abbotsford encourages everyone to join one of these inspirational walks, to explore new backyards, and meet some friendly faces. Better yet, to get involved and lead a new walk! Last year, over 1,000 walks took place in 212 cities, 36 countries, and 6 continents.
May 5: Sketching Walk
The Sketching Walk will be led by Pat Maertz who is passionate about the arts, a member of local arts organizations and clubs, and leads a Saturday morning urban sketching group.
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
This easy, short walk (less than .5 km) is comprised of three to four locations (Trethewey House followed by Lakeside View, Kariton Art Gallery, and the Floating Boardwalk). Basic sketching material is provided, or participants may bring their own. Locations will be adapted according to the weather, and appropriate attire is recommended.
May 6: Food and Culture Walk
The Food and Culture Walk is led by UFV student, Sarah Speight.
Time: 1:30 am to 2:30 am
Designed to answer the questions, “How does local culture influence the food produced by international restaurants? And “How do international foods and culture influence the local foods that we produce?” It starts at Happy Hour Bubble Tea followed by a walk around Historic Downtown.
May 7: Mid Century Modern and Changing Times
The Mid Century Modern and Changing Times Walk is led by urban historian, Marianne Fedori, and, homeowners, Aline Auger and Nova and Devin Hopkins.
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
This is an informal walk designed to explore mid-century architecture, residential patterns, and neighbourhood change. Participants will discover some of Abbotsford's 1950s and 1960s’ cutting-edge residences, learn how new infill developments are leading to change, and how Abbotsford might best address the needs of increased density while preserving the context of an established neighbourhood. Photo Credit: Jane's Walk Abbotsford.
To kick-off Jane's Walk, there is a launch celebration planned for May 5th, from 11:00am – 1:00pm at Mill Lake Park.
To keep up to date on upcoming walks in your neighbourhood, follow Janes Walk at @janeswalkabby and tag your photos with #JanesWalkAbby.