Jane’s Walks give Calgarians the chance to discover the city through someone else’s eyes and discover something new about their neighborhood. Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, walks happen worldwide. With close to 90 walks going on in Calgary, there’s bound to be a walk for everyone. Here are our top picks if you haven’t been on a Jane’s Walk before.
For the Instagram Lover: Insta Famous Downtown Spots Perfect for anybody that’s invested in their Instagram game, this quick walk will take you to some of the most famous Calgary Instagram spots, as well as a few lesser known ones. Even if you aren’t invested in the gram, it’s a good walk to show you some of the more popular sites that you can take your summer guests to for some photos. The walk is led by Immigrant Services Calgary Youth Inclusive Program so it’s a good walk to take your kids or teens on. May 3 5pm Location: Olympic Plaza Duration: 1hr
For the Art and Instagram Lover: Beltline Murals If you don’t go into the Beltline much, you’ve probably missed some of the beautiful murals that have been painted thanks to BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project). Local and international artists have been used and the murals span a number of different styles and themes. You’ll also get to see the sites of future murals and get to see how they’ll transform the buildingscape. May 4 1:30pm Location: Tomkins Park Duration: 1hr
For the History Buff: The Last Houses of Downtown Calgary If you walk downtown much you’ve probably spent some time wondering about the random old houses that are interspersed among the office towers and commercial buildings. They’re the remains of what our downtown used to look like and this tour will tell you about their previous history and what will happen to them in the future. May 4 10:30am Location: 521 8 Ave SE Duration: 2hrs
For the Science Nerds: Rocks, Ridges, and Rivers: The Geology of Calgary Around You Do you know much about geology? If not, now’s your chance to find out from expert geologist and writer Dale Leckie who wrote “ROCKS, RIDGES, AND RIVERS Geological Wonders of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks”. While walking Nose Hill Park you’ll learn about how mountains, glaciers and floods have shaped Calgary and Nose Hill Park and come away with lots of interesting information to impress your friends. May 4 10am Location: Edgemont Parking Lot Nosehill Parking Lot Duration:
For dog lovers: Sunset Hike with Your Dog at Fish Creek Park While you can bring your dog on most Jane’s Walks, this year there’s a few Jane’s Walks designed specially for pups and their human companions. This one takes you for a sunset hike in Fish Creek Park which is always a good option. Dogma training will be leading the walk and making sure everyone knows how to safely hike with your pet along with best methods for training. fish Creek Bow Valley Ranche 7pm 1.5-2hrs
For nature or photography lovers: Nature Photography Workshop and Walk On this walk you’ll explore the beautiful Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Often overlooked, it’s only minutes from Calgary and has 25km of trails. As well as getting to enjoy nature you’ll also learn the history of the park and pick up some tips for taking nature photographs. Glenbow Ranch 2hrs May 4 10am
For anyone interested in the ring road: The SW Ring Road and the Weaselhead The ring road is a project that’s been in the works for what feels like forever. See some of the construction and the future development that will come around it and learn about the area’s rich history which includes being one of the first provincial highways as well as being a military training camp. 2.5hrs Weaselhead May 5 1pm
To check out more walks head to the Jane’s Walk Calgary website. As the forecast looks like there may be some snow/rain make sure you check back for weather cancellations.