Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Jane’s Walk?
Every year, cities around the world organize Jane's Walks to celebrate neighbourhoods. These walks are run by volunteers and are free for the public to attend. These guided walking tours introduce attendees to the history, ecology, architecture and the people of various neighbourhoods around the region.
When is the Windsor-Essex Jane’s Walk Festival?
This year’s festival will be over two weekends:
Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28 for Essex County tours
Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5th for Windsor-Tecumseh tours
Who is Jane?
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city building. Jane's Walk started in Toronto after her death to honour her legacy and has since grown to over 300+ cities around the world. Each festival is independently and locally run. The festival has been in Windsor for 14 years, first organized by Mita Williams in 2009.
Who can host a Jane’s Walk?
Anyone can host a Jane’s Walk! Anyone can be a walk leader, because everyone is an expert on the places they live, work, and play. Individuals, groups, or organizations can host walks. If you are passionate about a local neighbourhood, topic, or history, consider hosting a walk!
If you are interested, visit WindsorJanesWalk.ca or email Info@WindsorJanesWalk.ca. The deadline to sign up to host a walk is Friday, February 16, 2024.
Who can attend a Jane’s Walk?
Whether you're a long-time resident of Windsor-Essex or you're new to the area, the Jane's Walk Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover the unique character of different neighbourhoods and connect with your community. Once the schedule is announced, walks will be listed with their accessibility considerations, transit proximity, and age recommendations, so you can plan your festival to your needs.
Do I need to register to attend a Jane’s Walk?
No, there is no registration required. Simply, arrive at the listed start point 5-10 minutes prior to the start time listed on the website.
What are the accessibility considerations for the festival?
On the website, each walk will indicate the particular accessibility considerations, including if it’s on paved sidewalks/pathways or if there are challenging routes along hills or unpaved paths.
Festival goers can expect to walk or wheel between 1-3 km each walk. All walks loop, meaning they begin and end at the same point. We encourage our hosts to pick stops that include benches, however that is not guaranteed.
Is Jane’s Walk an all-ages event?
On the website, each walk will highlight if it’s suitable for children, all ages, or adults only.
Windsor-Essex Jane’s Walk Organizer