2018 Walks

Coming 2018 Walks

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

Past 2018 Walks

FRIDAY MAY 4TH

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

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

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

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

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

 

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