Jane’s Walks 2015 in the West End this weekend: Free neighbourhood walks May 1 to 3 (Fri to Sun)

ebaybeach_2-230x173This weekend across Canada and around the world, Jane’s Walks will be hosted by locals in celebration of their own communities. There are 28 walks this year in the Metro Vancouver region, and at least four in the West End.

Jane’s Walks website: http://janeswalk.org

Walks in Vancouver: Here

Direct links to the walks in the West End. Please go directly to the site to confirm details.

Silent Walk
May 1, 2015 | 02:00 PM
How long since you enjoyed true stillness? Enough to hear the silence, and other sounds beyond it? On this walk there will be no questions or discussions. There’s no test. Simply come prepared to be silent for the duration of the walk, leaving cameras and other gadgets behind. Bring walking shoes, water and rain gear We’ll be walking easy trails with no steep inclines and avoiding the bike trails as much as possible. This walk is not suitable for children or pets. Leader: Anne Crawford

The “West” West End
May 3, 2015 | 10:00 AM
The walk will explore the urban fabric of this vibrant community from Coal Harbour to English Bay. Leader: Gordon Price

A Walk Through Time: West End Stories
May 2, 2015 | 11:00 AM
May 2, 2015 | 01:00 PM
This is not your ordinary Jane’s walk. Vancouver Public Library staff will guide you through a walk while playing recordings from storytellers who grew up and went to school in Vancouver’s West End from the 1930s onward. We will also share historical photographs from the neighbourhood. You will hear high-quality audio recordings from the West End Stories project that bring to life the buildings, places, and events that shaped the West End. Staff from the Vancouver Public Library will lead participants, provide historic photographs on tablets, play story clips from the storytellers over loudspeakers, and let you know how you can record your own digital stories. Starting at the entrance to King George Secondary School, the walk will venture through the neighbourhood and end at English Bay. The West End Stories project is a digital collaboration between the West End Memories Project and the Vancouver Public Library. Walk Leaders: Erin Ziegenfuss, Sue Moor, Laurel Johnson

Comox Greenway & Nelson Park – a kid-focused Jane’s Walk!
May 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM
This interactive walk allows kids (and parents) to learn how city spaces are designed to promote walking and cycling. We’ll tour the recently updated Comox Greenway and explore areas of Nelson park to highlight design features that are key to making active travel safe and enjoyable for everyone. Come and think like a city planner and learn a few new tricks to better assess your own neighbourhood streets and parks. Each family will receive a handout with stickers and a list of questions to guide them along the walk. We’ve also got walking buttons for all participants. Join us! Kids (ages 6+) and families encouraged on this first-of-its-kind Janes Walk in Vancouver – kid-focused! Walk Organizers: Mike Smith, Omar Bhimji, Kerry Hamilton

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