Past Walks

FRIDAY MAY 3rd, 2019

CATALYZE AND CONVERGE:  RAMBLINGS OF A HERITAGE PLANNER ON DOWNTOWN HERITAGE, INVESTMENT AND URBAN DESIGN
Walk Leader: David Holdsworth, Senior Downtown Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.hour
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  If it has to do with historical resources in Edmonton, David’s the guy to talk to. He can tell you the story of Edmonton’s historical buildings, including those that have faded into history. Join him for a pleasant walk downtown, discussing the interplay between historical resources and recent investment on and below the streets in Edmonton’s downtown. We’ll also explore how Edmonton’s new City Plan will help promote creative investment and economic development across our city, while reflecting on what we have learned from our past.

DOWNTOWN RAILS
Walk Leader: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  Join Ian on a walk looking at the last vestiges of the CNR Rail Lines and Stations that once formed the northern boundary of downtown and shaped the land uses forever.

HEART OF THE CITY – A DOWNTOWN ART WALK
Walk Leader: Amos Kajner-Nonnekes
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: Sir Winston Churchill Square – The Happy Wall
Description:  Downtown Edmonton is home to a collection of public art that is diverse, eclectic and compelling. Join Amos on a curated tour of some of the amazing public art downtown, from elegant, timeless sculpture, to breathtaking, gigantic murals, and all the wonders in between.

EXPLORING THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Walk Leader: Jill Robertson and Cameron Franchuk
Date & Time: Friday, May 3, 1:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: U of A Main Campus – Engineering Quad
Description: Join DIALOG structural engineer and University of Alberta Senator Cameron Franchuk, and DIALOG landscape architect Jill Robertson for this fun walkabout the University of Alberta campus. Learn about the history of the campus, its origins from a planning perspective, and visit some of its key spaces, places, and destinations.

GREENER AS WE GROW:  A SUSTAINABILITY STROLL
Walk Leader:  Stefanie Drozda and Howaida Hassan, City of Edmonton
Date & Time:  Friday, May 3, 4:00 pm, 1.5 hours in length
Starting location: Meet at the base of the stairs to the Council Chambers in City Hall.  #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:  When people think of cities, and downtown areas in particular, sustainability and the environment are not often top of mind. This walk will challenge that idea by sharing the innovative ways the City of Edmonton, local businesses and organizations in the downtown have reduced their impact on the environment. We’ll explain how Edmonton’s new City Plan will help protect local ecology and develop Edmonton sustainably as we plan to grow to a city of two million people. We will also share how you can take personal action to reduce your impact through the City’s Change for Climate initiative.

SATURDAY MAY 4TH, 2019

SPRUCE AVENUE HOUSE HISTORIES TOUR – Part 2
Walk Leader: Wesley Andreas
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 A.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: In front of the Old North Telephone Exchange (now AHS Rehab Research Centre) 10105-112 Avenue.
Description:
Join us in the Spruce Ave neighbourhood for our 5th Annual Jane’s Walk!
Building on last year’s “Part 1”, we‎ are again holding a House Histories Tour, visiting homes participating in the Home Histories sign program. We’ll share interesting histories of Spruce Ave’s homes and first residents and if you’ve joined before, we’ll mix things up with some new (and some old) content. We’ll also talk about the history of the neighbourhood, and wrap up with refreshments at the hall where our annual Spruce Ave Community Rummage Sale is happening.

Please bring your walking shoes and a water bottle – Note that our neighbourhood is undergoing street and sidewalk renewal, so there may be some uneven terrain!

A RE-BUILDABLE CITY:  EDMONTON’S ZONING BYLAW RENEWAL 
Walk Leader: Colton Kirsop and Gabrielle Donoff
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 10:00 A.M.  Approx  2.8 km.
Starting location:  North side of the Oliver Exchange, 12021 102 Ave, outside.
Description:Edmonton’s urban form reflects the realities of a boom-bust town: a mix of older buildings, new buildings, vacant lots, and construction projects. How should we regulate what new development looks like, where it goes, and what it is used for? Join Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw Renewal team, in partnership with Edmonon’s new City Plan, to explore examples of building reuse and development and reflect on what future mixed-use zoning could mean in Edmonton.

FULTON RAVINE: REDISCOVERING ONE OF EDMONTON’S LOST CREEKS  
Walk Leader:  Erik Backstrom and Shannon Clarke
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 12:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location:  Capilano Branch, Edmonton Public Library, 9915-67 Street NW, outside
Description: In this walk organized by the Greater Hardisty Community Sustainability Coalition, discover the history and significance of the Fulton Ravine. Urban planner and planning historian Erik Backstrom will discuss the environmental history of the ravine and community librarian Shannon Clarke will explain how the new Capilano Library takes advantage of its ravine-side location. The walk will be about 3 km long, from Capilano Library to 106 Avenue and back again.

STROLL THROUGH OLDE TOWN BEVERLY  
Walk Leader: Amanda Harriman-Gojtan
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 P.M. Approx 1 hour
Starting location:  Beacon Heights/Jubilee Park 12037- 43 Street
Description: A look back at the history that made Beverly a town, with a few stops of interest along the way. Sharing comments and personal experiences encouraged along the way!

MUSEUM OF SOMALIS IN EDMONTON  
Walk Leader: Naima Haile
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 1:00 P.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location:  Central McDougall Diversity Centre 10508 107 Ave
Description: The Somali Canadian Cultural Society is developing a museum of Somalis in Edmonton and we would like you to join in our walk in Central McDougall & Queen Mary Park.  Our theme is about the Museum and the first Somali settlers in Edmonton. During our walk we will talk the importance of establishing a Museum for Somalis and sharing our culture and contribution in Edmonton.  We will also stop for Somali tea and Samosas at the Diversity Cente.

THE HEART OF BOYLE STREET:  A NEIGHBOURHOOD WALKING MAP LAUNCH
Walk Leader: Joelle Reiniger
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:00 P.M. Approx 60 minutes
Starting location:   In front of the Boyle Street Plaza
9538, 103A Ave NW
Description: Come for a walk through the Boyle Street neighbourhood, followed by light refreshments and conversation on our community centre patio. All are welcome.  Boyle Street is one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods and the site of the city’s original downtown. Its pedestrian network is a web of narrow streets that traces the boundaries of historic river lots, overlayed with Edmonton’s modern grid road system. Signs of the past are everywhere and the heritage buildings that dot the neighbourhood’s streetscapes tell an architectural story of diversity and resilience. Historically a working class neighbourhood, Boyle Street has welcomed generations of migrants and immigrants starting a new life in Edmonton. The community is deeply rooted in cultural diversity and encompasses a large part of Edmonton’s original Chinatown.

GARNEAU WALK # 1:  CENTRAL GARNEAU 
Walk Leader: Graham Bell
Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location:  The corner of Garneau Park, 109 Street and 84 Avenue, by the plinth with the historical information
Description: There is always lots of development in Garneau as well as some original homes and businesses.  With its mixture of old and new, Garneau provides a good place to see the ideas of Jane Jacobs played out on the streets and avenues.  This walk covers parts of Garneau between 83 Avenue and 86 Avenue and 107 Street and 112 Street.

THE VILLAGE AT GRIESBACH – WHERE MILITARY LEGACY, COMMUNITY AND ACTIVE LIVING COLLIDE 
Walk Leader: Marvin Neumann, Walk organized by Kairi Pawlick                                    Date & Time: Saturday, May 4, 2:30 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours (option to break away at the half point mark)
Starting location:  Meet at the northwest corner of General Griesbach Roundabout (the intersection of Griesbach Parade and Gault Boulevard)
Description: Starting at the General Griesbach Roundabout and Patricia Park Plaza, this walk will touch on the military heritage and legacy that is honoured and commemorated in the Village at Griesbach Community, and also include discussion on design elements of the streetscapes, parks and building architecture that promote legacy, community and active living. The tour will be led by the Senior Director of Real Estate at Canada Lands Company who has been involved in the Development of Griesbach since the very start in 2003.

The tour will include Patricia Lake and history of the PPCLI, Gault Boulevard showcasing one of the more prominent streetscapes and building architecture in the community, the Griesbach Community Gardens home to 144 plots and what has become a central community hub, the Central Hill Park a 24 acre green space with an approximate 90 ft elevation gain (and exceptional views of downtown Edmonton!), and Bedford Basin with a brief history on the Navy.  In addition, we are coordinating and hoping to have a member of the Griesbach Community League, one of the directors of the Griesbach Community Garden and one or two military veterans join the walk to share additional first hand stories and information.

SUNDAY MAY 5TH, 2019

WESTMOUNT – ROOTED IN HISTORY, EVER EVOLVING
Walk Leaders: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 10:00 A.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: Westglen School – front steps 10950-127 Street
Description:
Join me for a walk around my neighbourhood – Westmount and take in the historical charm, vanished history, public art and the old & new architecture of this ever evolving Edmonton neighbourhood.  We will explore some of the stories brought to light by the new Westmount Heritage Plaque program.

WALKABLE GARDEN SUITES
Walk Leaders: Sarah Hoyles + Ashley Salvador
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 10:30 A.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: In front of Belgravia Hub + Gracious Goods (7609 115 Street NW)
Description:  Join us for a walk through Edmonton’s Belgravia neighbourhood, where we’ll explore the growing backyard trend – garden suites.  Led by YEGarden Suites and Walkable Edmonton, the 1.5 hour Jane’s Walk will detail the history, changes and walkability happening in the community.
The tour will start in front of Belgravia Hub + Gracious Goods ( 7609 115 Street NW) weaving its way through the neighbourhood to finish off at End of the World aka Keillor Point (7433 Saskatchewan Dr NW).   The tour will begin at 10:30am, so please arrive 10 minutes early.
PLEASE NOTE:
  Walk leaders would like you to RSVP via Eventbrite to let them know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-walkable-garden-suites-tickets-60478081570

GARNEAU WALK # 2 :  NORTH GARNEAU
Walk Leaders: Graham Bell
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 11:00 A.M.  1.5 hours
Starting location: Garneau Lamp, South end of the High Level Bridge
Description:  In this area, we visit the site of the original 1874 homestead of Laurent and Eleanor Garneau, now occupied by a brand-new University building. Much of the original north Garneau has been redeveloped in the years 1960 to 2016. Nevertheless, some major buildings of historic interest remain, such as the Garneau Movie Theatre, as well as original homes dating from about 1912.

QUEEN ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY WALK 
Walk Leaders: Shirley Lowe
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 1:00 P.M. 2 hours
Starting location: Queen Alexandra Community Hall 10425 University Avenue
Description:  A historical community in the center of the city, Queen Alexandra is a diverse, evolving and walkable neighbourhood with a great story to tell.

STORIES OF THE FORMER ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM 
Walk Leaders: Darrel Babuk
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 1:30 P.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: 12845 – 102 Avenue.  Meet at the main entrance (south doors) of the former Royal Alberta Museum
Description: Participate in a tour of the exterior of the former Royal Alberta Museum: its stylist impressions, its fossils, its engravings, its sculptures, its grounds. Learn about its relevance to Alberta’s cultural heritage.  Your tour leader, Darrel Babuk is a local Edmonton architect who has been a regular presenter for the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office “Great Chicago Places and Spaces” festival, and often heard on Edmonton radio, television and quoted in newspapers.

HOMESTEADS, SETTLEMENTS AND THRIVING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY:  THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN HISTORIC EDMONTON
Walk Leaders: Deborah Beaver and Mary Rose Walker
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 2:00 P.M. 2 hours
Starting location: Mary Burlie Park – 10465-97 Street
Description:  Have you ever wondered what life was like in turn of the century Edmonton for Black settlers, workers and business owners? Did you know that Edmonton’s first Black church is over 100 years old and is still very active in the community! Do you want to learn more about the social, political and cultural contributions Black settlers had in building our City? Join Deborah Beaver and Rose Mary Walker, two descendants of Alberta’s first black pioneer families, as they lead us on an oral historical walk of Black history in Edmonton’s core.  Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to learn, hear and share stories about a fascinating part of Edmonton’s history.

PLEASE NOTE:  Walk leaders would like you to RSVP via Eventbrite to let them know you’re coming: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-homesteads-settlements-and-thriving-in-the-face-of-adversity-the-black-experience-in-tickets-60845895712

RIVER CROSSING EXPLORATION
Walk Leaders: Kathryn Ivany
Date & Time: Sunday, May 5, 3:00 P.M. (1.5 hours)
Starting location: Meet at the John Walter Museum, on the north side of the Kinsmen Sports Centre parking lot.
Description:  Edmonton’s river valley neighbourhoods are the oldest. This walk will focus on the history and development in the river valley from the 1890s to today and plans for the future. Walterdale, Rossdale and the connections across the river and the parks along it can be discussed and explored. A brief visit to the Queen Elizabeth park will be included to whet your appetite to explore later at your leisure.  Visitors will be welcome to view the John Walter Museum prior to the tour from 1:45 PM on.

FRIDAY MAY 4TH, 2018

DOWNTOWN HERITAGE & URBAN DESIGN – RAMBLINGS OF A HERITAGE PLANNER
Walk Leader: David Holdsworth, Senior Urban Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.hour
Starting location: City Hall – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:  If it has to do with historical resources in Edmonton – David’s the guy to tell the story of what is still here and what has faded into the history books in terms of historical buildings in Edmonton. Join him for a pleasant walk looking around the downtown from a historical lens.

OUR BOOMING DOWNTOWN
Walk Leader: Tom Beck, Senior Downtown Planner
Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: City Hall – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:
Join Tom, who is probably one of the most informed City staff when it comes to what is happening in our Downtown, for the fourth year in a row on a walk looking at the various developments that are revitalizing our streets, public places, and transportation modes in the downtown core.

GHOST SIGNS TOUR
Walk Leader: Ian Hosler – Walk Edmonton
Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 12:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: City Hall – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Description:
Join Ian on a walk looking at the last vestiges of a once popular advertising mode – signs painted on the sides of buildings, now called ghost signs as many are so faded they are hard to make out.  These now faded signs speak to the former businesses and building uses of a bustling and growing downtown and the products that were for sale.  Naturally many of these signs are on heritage buildings.

EXPLORING THE EDMONTON FUNICULAR
Walk Leader: Jill Robertson, Sean Brown
Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 3:30 P.M. Approx 1 hour
Starting location: Top of the Funicular Plaza, at the south end of 100 St, south of the MacDonald Hotel
Description:
Join the design team of Edmonton’s 100th Street Funicular, to explore this new connection to our spectacular River Valley.

DOWNTOWN SUSTAINABILITY STROLL
Walk Leader: Stefanie Drozda
Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 4:00 P.M. Approx 1.5 hours & 2 km.
Starting location: City Hall – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square – Meet at the base of the stairs to Council Chambers inside City Hall
Description:
When people think of cities and downtown areas in particular, sustainability and the environment are not often at the top of mind. This walk will change that by highlighting the innovative ways the City of Edmonton, Edmonton businesses, and organizations have reduced their impact on the environment by outlining the many initiatives that are happening right within the heart of our city. We will also share information about the City of Edmonton’s goals for sustainability and energy transition.

SATURDAY MAY 5TH, 2018

SPRUCE AVENUE HOUSE HISTORIES TOUR
Walk Leader: Wesley Andreas
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 10:00 A.M. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: In front of the Old North Telephone Exchange (now AHS Rehab Research Centre) 10105-112 Avenue.
Description:
Join us for the 4th Annual Spruce Ave Jane’s Walk! This year we are changing things up and will hold a House Histories Tour, visiting homes participating in our Community League’s Heritage Home sign program. We’ll share some of the interesting histories of some of Spruce Ave’s homes and first residents. We’ll also talk about the history of the neighbourhood, and wrap up the walk with refreshments at the hall where our annual Spruce Ave Community Rummage Sale will be happening.

TALL TALES 
Walk Leaders: David Holdsworth, Kirstin Smith and Robert Lipka
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 10:30 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: McLeod Building, 10134 100 St NW
Description:   Look up, look WAY up. Visit some of Edmonton’s giants and learn how urban design can help tame the impacts of tall buildings. The tour starts at Edmonton’s oldest tall building and works its way through downtown to some of our more recent giants. Together we will uncover how good urban design can help transform a space into a people friendly place through the arrangement and design of the built form.

DOWNTOWN THROUGH THE EYES OF A VISITOR 
Walk Leaders:  Jackie Lee
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 10:30 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours (approx 2.5 km, some stairs involved)
Starting location: Holiday Inn Express 104 St. / 100 Ave.
Description:   You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. Are the less-than-flattering reviews of Edmonton in travel literature justified? A great city is more than a collection of things to see, it’s one that you want to explore. Join Jackie (who has gotten lost around the world) and others from the Edmonton Wayfinding Society as they tour some of downtown’s old, new and future sites, as well as the spaces in between. As geeks for good urban design and learning about what works in other cities, they’ll point out things that Edmonton has and don’t have going for it in making a good impression. Come judge for yourself and share your thoughts!

RELICS & REMNANTS:  BITS & PIECES OF EDMONTON’S (Mostly) LOST HISTORIC ARCHITECHTURE
Walk Leader: Dan Rose
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 11:00 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: City Hall Clock Tower – SE Corner by the pool – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Description:  Have you ever wondered where all of Edmonton’s old buildings went? What happened after their fateful demise? Was demolition truly the end? Or do they live on hidden in plain sight…?
Look no further! As a part of Jane’s Walk 2018, “Relics & Remnants” will take you on a tour of Edmonton’s downtown area and exploring the, curious and largely forgotten, architectural fragments of historic buildings that have been re-purposed after demolition. As we re-discover these physical pieces of our past, you’ll learn about the urban fabric of our city, how it’s evolved, and what lessons these fragments can teach us about design, our city and historic preservation.  A google map of the walk will be posted to my twitter account in advance with historic photos of the buildings that were. Check out @the_rosbif for a link. Stay tuned.

YEG GARDEN SUITES
Walk Leader: Sarah Hoyles
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 11:00 A.M. Approx 1.5 hours
Starting location: Starts at Ritchie Community Hall (7727 98 Street), finishes at the Ritchie Market (9570 76 Avenue)
Description: Join us for a walk through Edmonton’s Ritchie neighbourhood, where we’ll explore the growing backyard trend – garden suites. Led by YEGarden Suites and Walkable Edmonton, the hour-long Jane’s Walk will detail the history, changes and walkability happening in the community.
RSVP for this walk via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/janes-walk-take-a-walk-through-ritchie-garden-suites-tickets-45523501017

HIGH LEVEL LINE
Walk Leaders: Kevin Dieterman, Michael Zabinski, Michael Riest, Gillian Thomson & David James
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 1:00 P.M. Approx 2 hours (4.3 Km)
Starting location: MacEwan University in the green space between Robbins Health Learning Centre and Allard Hall (north side of 104 Avenue, just west of 110 Street).
Description: Take a tour of the High Level Line with the group that started the conversation. Explore the spaces and places along the line and share your ideas about what the High Level Line should become. Help spread the word about this transformative idea and make it a reality.  Check us out at Highlevelline.com or @highleveline on your favorite social media platform.

GARNEAU NEIGHBOURHOOD JANE’S WALK
Walk Leaders: Graham Bell
Date & Time: Saturday, May 5, 2:00 P.M. (Approx 2 hours)
Starting location: Northeast corner of Garneau Park (109 Street & 84 Avenue)
Description: We’ll share stories and walk through the back streets of one of Edmonton’s oldest, most popular, and dynamic neighbourhoods. Despite constant development, Garneau still retains many original homes and businesses, with some dating from the early 1900s, 20s, and 30s. As well, whether it’s the imminent loss of iconic heritage buildings or new inroads of the University into the neighbourhood, there is always something new happening in Garneau. All in all, it’s the perfect place to illustrate some of the thinking of Jane Jacobs.

 

SUNDAY MAY 6TH, 2018

WESTMOUNT – ROOTED IN HISTORY, EVER EVOLVING
Walk Leaders: Ian Hosler
Date & Time: Sunday, May 6, 10:00 A.M. 1.5 hours
Starting location: Westglen School – front steps 10950-127 Street
Description:
Join me for a walk around my neighbourhood – Westmount and take in the historical charm, vanished history, public art and the old & new architecture of this ever evolving Edmonton neighbourhood.

EDMONTON CHINATOWN WALKING TOUR
Walk Leaders: Kathryn Lennon and Sharon Yeo
Date & Time: Sunday, May 6, 10:30 A.M.  – 12:30 P.M.
Starting location:  Meet at the Edmonton Tourism Welcome Centre at 9990 Jasper Avenue. Look for guides wearing “I ♥ Chinatown” t-shirts.
Description:
Following a successful and fun 2017 season of Edmonton Chinatown Walking Tours, we are excited to bring back the tours for 2018, beginning with a Jane’s Walk.  Come along for a walk to learn about Chinatown’s past, present, and future.  We’ll touch on the history of Edmonton’s two Chinatowns, current development pressures, and visita a few of the businesses on and off 97th Street.  This is a volunteer-run tour, for the love of Chinatown!  Read more about the 2017 tours here: Introducing: Edmonton Chinatown Walking Tours, blog post by Sharon Yeo

HOMESTEADS, SETTLEMENTS AND THRIVING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY:  THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN HISTORIC EDMONTON
Walk Leaders: Deborah Beaver and Mary Rose Walker
Date & Time: Sunday, May 6, 1:30 P.M. 1 – 2 hours
Starting location: Mary Burlie Park – 10465-97 Street
Description:
Have you ever wondered what life was like in turn of the century Edmonton for Black settlers, workers and business owners? Did you know that Edmonton’s first Black church is over 100 years old and is still very active in the community! Do you want to learn more about the social, political and cultural contributions Black settlers had in building our City? Join Deborah Beaver and Rose Mary Walker, two descendants of Alberta’s first black pioneer families, as they lead us on an oral historical walk of Black history in Edmonton’s core.  Wear comfortable shoes and get ready to learn, hear and share stories about a fascinating part of Edmonton’s history.

ROSSDALE AND THE RIVER CROSSING
Walk Leaders: Kathryn Ivany (Archivist) and Olive Bailey (City Planner)
with guest appearances by other community members.
Date & Time: Sunday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Starting location: Traditional Burial Ground – near the old Power
Plant (north of new Walterdale Bridge). 105th Street and intersection
of River Valley Road and 95th Avenue.
Description:
Rossdale is the historic “center” of Edmonton – having significance as a
river crossing for Indigenous peoples before the fur trade was even
conceived, and continuing through the ages of occupation and
resettlement, depopulation, industrialization and reclamation, until today
when it is the focus of planned redevelopment over the next decade.
We want to walk and talk about the history, the present, and the future of
this central space in Edmonton. Discussion of options, goals and
aspirations for the community, the facilities and the environment should be
lively. Come join us!

MONDAY MAY 7TH, 2018

EXPLORE OLIVER THEN AND NOW
Walk Leaders: Michael Phair & Hilda Sucre
Date & Time: Monday, May 7, 7:00 P.M. 1.5 hour walk
Starting location: Grace Lutheran Church 9907-114 Street
Description:
Discover the hidden gems in Oliver as we walk through the neighbourhood from 114 Street/98 Ave.  to 121 Street/Jasper Avenue.  We will look at Dubuc Park (1934), the once small public park overlooking Victoria Park and Golf Links & the apartment buildings built before WW1.  How has land use changed over the years?  Intriguing stories to be told.  Share your memories with us.  Parking available on the street or in the church parking lot.  Close to Transit routes #1 & #5 on Jasper Avenue.  Sidewalks are uneven in places, but the route is accessible.  Wear comfortable shoes!

THURSDAY MAY 10TH, 2018

URBAN KIDS; THE CHILD IN THE CITY 
Walk Leaders: Beckie Boutilier and Ian Smith
Date & Time: Thursday, May 10, Noon  1 hour walk (approx 2km)
Starting location: City Hall – #1 Sir Winston Churchill Square Meet on the south side of City Hall beside the fountain.
Description:
When people think of downtowns and urban centers, children are not usually the first topic to come to mind. Join Child Friendly Edmonton as we explore downtown Edmonton with children in mind. Sidewalks, parks and event venues for the whole family are just a few of the spaces and places that will be visited.   Walk will be fully accessible; children and families with strollers are welcome

Thursday,  June 21, 2018

Pollinator Week Walk
Walk Leader: Northlands Bee Club Members
Date & Time: Thursday, June 21, 6-8 p.m.. Approx 2 hours
Starting location: SHAW Conference Centre Main Entrance
Description:  On the first day of summer, and in Pollinator Week (June 18-24), join members of the Northlands Bee Club for a walking tour of bee hives and pollinating places.

The walk starts at the Shaw Conference Centre. We’ll look at the beehive there (and open the hive to actually see in). Then we’ll check out the pollinator beds and walk up to the Community Medicine Wheel Garden which is a beautiful place to watch all kinds of bees pollinating.

 From there we’ll walk to the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald where beekeepers Chris Floden and Leanne Floden would tell us about the beehives there, how the honey is used for the kitchen, and we’d also get the chance to see their wild bee hotels.

 Then, it’s a bit of a walk over to MacEwan University where they have a very active bee hotel placed in a wild space to the east of their 105th Street Building.

Map of the Walk

Thursday,  August 30, 2018

The Quarters; Your Community, Your Home, Your Choice
Walk Leader: Joelle Reiniger (Host:  Child Friendly Edmonton)
Date & Time: Thursday, August 30 6 – 7:30 PM
Starting location: The Hyatt Place Hotel Edmonton.   9576 Jasper Ave,
Description: Your community, your home, your choice. Led by Joelle Reiniger, a resident of The Quarters, Child Friendly Edmonton wants to learn about why  you have chosen to live in The Quarters with your family. We’ll visit several locations within The Quarters such as The Armature, Skate Park and Boyle Street Community Plaza as we learn from you, what makes an urban community child friendly. We’ll end the walk with cookies and lemonade in Kinistinâw Park. The entire walk will be fully accessible; children and families with strollers not only welcome, but encouraged!

 

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