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Windsor-Essex Jane's Walk Festival 2024

The Windsor-Essex Jane's Walk Festival is two weekends of free community events and guided walking tours throughout the region. These events are hosted by volunteers and celebrate local neighbourhoods.

All walks and events are free to attend and do not require registration.

Essex County Weekend

Friday, April 26, 2024

Explore 100 Years of Mennonites in Essex County 

Fri, Apr 26 - 12:00PM - 1:00 PM (Leamington)
Start/end point:  Mennonite Seniors Complex (31 Pickwick Drive, Leamington)


Mennonites have made their home in Essex County for 100 years. Learn more about their dramatic journey to Canada. (More Details)


Seacliff Park: A Walk Through the Years

Friday, April 26  - 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Leamington)

Start/end point: Seacliff Park Parking Lot near the Amphitheatre 


Step into the past on our guided walking tour of Seacliff Park in Leamington, tracing the land's history from its formation as a municipal park to the devastating tornado impact and its resilient evolution into the vibrant recreational hub it is today. (More Details)

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Discover Essex County's only ghost Town: Olinda

Saturday, April 27 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Olinda)

Start/end point: The Universalist Church, 2953 Olinda Side Rd, Ruthven


Stroll though the 1830's and learn about the mining and manufacturing town of Olinda.  (More Details)


Division of Time: Business in the North

Saturday, April 27 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Kingsville)
Start/end point: Kingsville Military Museum (behind the Legion), 145 Division Street, Kingsville


Division Street South, from the "Four Corners" to Lake Erie, chronicles the history of Kingsville. This tour of the northern section focuses on the development of the town as a commercial centre, and includes the residences of early professionals, business owners and town leaders.  (More Details)


Division of Time: Party in the South

 Saturday, April 27 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Kingsville)
Start/end point: Kingsville Military Museum (behind the Legion), 145 Division Street, Kingsville


Division Street South, from the "Four Corners" to Lake Erie, chronicles the history of Kingsville. This tour of the southern section focuses on the town's relationship with the lake, and its development as a vacation destination featuring early summer homes and Lakeside Park.  (More Details)


Wildlife Families of Fox Creek

Saturday, April 27th - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (John R. Park Homestead)
Start/end point: John R. Park Homestead, 915 County Rd 50 E, Essex


Look for signs of spring and learn more about the wild variety of parenting strategies used by the animals, and plants, of Fox Creek.  (More Details)


 Tour The Historic Iler Cemetery

Saturday, April 27 - 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (John R. Park Homestead)
Start/end point: John R. Park Homestead Parking Lot, 915 County Rd 50 E, Essex

Join us in the heart of the historic Iler Settlement for a walk that will take you back in time. Don't miss this special opportunity for a guided tour of the Iler Cemetery - learn about important and interesting people of the past.  (More Details)


 Colchester Historic Church & Schoolhouse

 Saturday, April 27 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Colchester)
Start/end point: Outside Historic Schoolhouse, 195 Bagot St, Harrow 

Tour of Christ Church cemetery, chapel, and 1881 Colchester schoolhouse.  Visits by Rev. Pollard and others to share the Colchester story.  (More Details)

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Strolling Back: Historic Buildings in the 'Burg

Sunday, April 28 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Amherstburg)

Start/end point: River Bookshop, 67 Richmond St, Amherstburg


Take a trip back in time to 19th Century Amherstburg, as revealed through its heritage properties and historic structures. (More Details)


Look Again! Outside Amherstburg
Sunday, April 28th - 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM (Amherstburg)
Start/end point: Outside the Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg


Discover new artwork reproductions from Art Windsor Essex's collection found outside along the streets of downtown Amherstburg. Join us for a guided walk to find the reproductions, learn about the artists and about their connection to the land. (More Details)


Relying on the River: Amherstburg's Marine History

Sunday, April 28 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Amherstburg)
Start/end point: Near the Bob-Lo Ferry Dock, 340 Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg


Join us for a stroll down Dalhousie Street in Amherstburg starting near the Bob-Lo ferry dock (340 Dalhousie Street) where we will discuss the structures and spaces that benefited from their close proximity to the water. (More Details)

Amherstburg Old Burial Grounds
Sunday, April 28 - 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Amherstburg)
Start/end point: Outside Christ Church, 317 Ramsay St, Amherstburg

Explore the remains of the Old Burial Grounds in Amherstburg.  Stories of the history and the two churches that were built by the grounds. (More Details)

 It Happened In Amherstburg: Black History In Amherstburg
Sunday, April 28 - 3:30 - 4:30 PM (Amherstburg)

Start/end point: Outside the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King St, Amherstburg

Explore Black settlement and activity in Amherstburg, with a focus on the lives of Freedom Seekers (those escaping enslavement and persecution in the United States) and their descendants who built their lives in our region. (More Details)

Windsor-Tecumseh Weekend

Friday, May 3, 2024

 Best Kept Little Secret in Essex County - Maidstone Museum
Friday, May 3 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Drop In Event: Maidstone)

Drop in: Maidstone Bicentennial Museum, 1093 Puce Rd, Emeryville

Drop in to the  Maidstone Museum, tour the historic building and the Heritage Native Gardens. (More Details)



Of Comrades and Giants: Tecumseh's brewing and canning history
Friday, May 3 - 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM (Tecumseh)
Start/end point: Outside the Tecumseh Area Historical Museum, 12340 Tecumseh Rd E, Tecumseh

Learn about the history of breweries, canning factories, and road houses near the Tecumseh train station. (More Details)

Via Italia: Erie Street & Its Italian Cultural Roots
Friday, May 3 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Windsor: Erie Street)
Start/end point: Outside of Borrelli Cellars, 485 Erie St E, Windsor 

Join us for a walking tour of the historic Via Italia-Erie Street corridor, where we will be highlighting the Italian cultural roots of the area. A special focus will be on legacy businesses that have been owned and operated for generations by Italian families since settling in the area. (More Details)

Riverside Ozone Has No Smoke Zone
Friday, May 3 - 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Windsor: Riverside)
Start/end point: Outside the Riverside Public Library, 6305 Wyandotte St E, Windsor

This tour will cover: architecture and heritage buildings, the families behind the street names, the special historical relationship the neighbourhood has with the Detroit River and even some prohibition stories. (More Details)

Historic Walkerville
Friday, May 3 - 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Windsor: Walkerville)
Start/end point: Outside of Walkerville Brewery, 525 Argyle Rd, Windsor

Stroll through the historic Walkerville business district, where a dynamic mix of Windsor's largest collection of heritage designated properties supports a perfect blend of residential and small business life. (More Details)

Saturday, May 4, 2024

A Stroll Through Historic Sandwich Town

Saturday, May 4 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: Duff-Bâby Mansion, 221 Mill St, Windsor


Join Les Amis Duff-Bâby on the Mansion grounds before touring through Windsor's oldest neighbourhood. (More Details)


Walking the Lands of Council Fires

Saturday, May 4 - 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: McKee Park Parking lot, Russell St and Chewett Street, Windsor


Join this walk as we engage with the Indigenous history of Waawiiyaatanong. From stories of the distant mythic past to flashpoints of nations meeting to the ever-present Indigenous presence here, this is a walk that follows decolonization one stride at a time. (More Details)


Spirits of Sandwich: Canadian Veterans 

Saturday, May 4 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Drop In Event: Sandwich)

Drop in: St. John's Church Cemetery, St John's, 3305 Sandwich St., Windsor


A self-guided walk through St. John’s Cemetery in old Sandwich to meet some of the Canadian veterans buried there. (More Details)


Across the River to Freedom: Sandwich Black History Walking Tour

Saturday, May 4 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: Southeastern corner of Brock and Sandwich (near Mackenzie Hall), Sandwich


Led by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, this walking tour (approximately 2 km) will take you to sites and markers relevant to Black history in the historic Sandwich town centre. This tour is part of the Across the River to Freedom documentary project developed with the support of the Gordie Howe Bridge Authority Community Benefits Plan. (More Details)


Tour of Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Saturday, May 4 - 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: Assumption Church, 2735 University Ave W, Windsor


Assumption Church, opened in 1845, houses the oldest Catholic Parish in Canada west of Montreal. Join us to see the progress of the church restoration, and to discuss discoveries that have been made about the history of the artwork in the church. (More Details)


Bridging to the Future: The Ambassador Bridge - Plans, Innuendo and Rumours

Saturday, May 4 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: Corner of Indian Road and Mill Street, Sandwich, Windsor 


A talk about the future plans, rumours and speculation on the next steps of the Ambassador Bridge. (More Details)


Electric Avenue: Windsor's Newest Art Alley

Saturday, May 4 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Windsor: Sandwich)

Start/end point: Outside WindsorEats Food Hall, 400 Erie St E Unit 3, Windsor


We're gonna take a walk down through Electric Avenue! Walk through Windsor's newest collection of murals in the western edge of Via Italia (Erie St. E.) to see the many visually stunning ways artists, both local and internationally renowned, have used the urban landscape as their canvas. (More Details)

Sunday, May 5, 2024

History and Nature in Oakwood Bush

Sunday, May 5 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Windsor: South Windsor)

Start/end point: Oakwood Park, Capri Pizzeria Recreation Complex Parking Lot, 2555 Pulford St, Windsor


Tour Oakwood Bush, the interesting natural wonders of the area and some of the interesting historical details. (More Details)


Tree ID and Ecosystems of Spring Garden Natural Area

Sunday, May 5 - 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Windsor: Spring Garden)

Start/end point: Titcombe Parking Lot at Malden Rd and Elgin Street, Windsor

Learn about the various tree species found in Spring Garden and how to identify them by their characteristics. Participants will also learn about ecosystems found within Spring Garden, restoration work being undertaken and the proposed Ojibway National Urban Park. (More Details)


Zoning 101: What Is It and How Does It Shape Our City?

Sunday, May 5 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Windsor: Ford City)

Start/end point: Outside of Gino Marcus Community Centre, 1168 Drouillard Rd, Windsor


This walk will show people how zoning by-laws define and shape our cities and neighbourhoods. It will explain the basics of zoning by-laws and their associated regulations, what is and is not allowed by-right in these zones, and it will question whether our current zoning by-laws are good or bad for the city. (More Details)


Ford City - Labour, Architecture and Community

Sunday, May 5 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Windsor: Ford City)

Start/end point: Outside of Gino Marcus Community Centre​, 1168 Drouillard Rd, Windsor


Join us for a tour of Ford City that will explore the neighborhood's history, and its ties to the Labour Movement.  We’ll explore existing buildings, the historic architecture that once was, and how the built form of the street helped to anchor a community that drove the automotive industry! (More Details)


Panier Picnic

Sunday, May 5 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Drop in event, Windsor: Ottawa Street)

Drop-in location: Lanspeary Park - Stone Gate Ottawa St. Entrance


A self-directed bicycle route leading you on a scavenger hunt through small, local, food merchants. You can discover and collect your provisions along the way then share your experience and delicious finds at a community picnic at the end of the route. (More Details)


Jackson Park Black History Walking Tour

Sunday, May 5 - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Windsor: Jackson Park)

Start/end point: Royal Canadian Airforce Memorial (airplane replicas), Jackson Park, Windsor


Led by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, take a journey back in time to appreciate the sights, sounds, and significance of Windsor's historic Emancipation Celebrations, held for decades in Jackson Park and widely regarded as "The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth."(More Details)


Scents in the City

Sunday, May 5 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Windsor: Downtown)

Start/end point: The Great Canadian Flag, foot of Ouellette and Riverside Drive, Windsor


Use your nose to discover the history, culture, and environment of Downtown through scent. (More Details)

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