This weekend, May 7-8, you’ll be seeing a lot of groups of people walking around Toronto as part of Jane’s Walks 2011. We participated in a few of the walks in our area last year, and despite bouts of rain, we enjoyed ourselves, learned a lot and met some interesting neighbours.
This year there are over 170 free walking tours planned for the GTA, and we are exploring those within walking distance of us. The titles alone demonstrate the diversity of the topics and should spark your interest!
Sunday May 8, 11AM-12:30PM: Trinity Bellwoods Park is featured in a walk titled, “How to Make a Great City Park.” Dave Harvey, the Executive Director of Park People, will talk about design and all the other ingredients that make a great park such an important part of city life.
Sunday May 8, 2-3PM: From the south end of the park, join “The Hipster’s Guide to Ossington,” through that street’s cafes, art galleries and vintage stores to “study the hipster in its natural habitat.”
Also on Sunday, from 4-5:30PM, learn more about “Dundas West: Behind the Scene” with a tour of the street that begins at Dovercourt and Dundas.
Sunday, 6-7:30PM: HiMY SYeD will lead from Bloor and Ossington south through Garrison Creek and Shaw Street on a tour called “Dark Age Ahead: The Wizard of Ossington Jane’s Walk.”
What you can expect in Toronto this weekend is a lot of variety and a lot of groups of people walking around. When you join them, wear some comfortable shoes and prepare for any kind of weather. It’s May in Toronto after all!