By Nicole Czorny
May 4 marks Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday, and this week and weekend Jane’s Walks will be hitting Toronto streets and trails to celebrate and mark her legacy on cities.
Jane Jacobs called Toronto home, and her efforts in halting the Spadina Expressway saved the Cedarvale Ravine.
The best way to celebrate her legendary life and impact on cities is to get outside and explore your’s by foot, or bike.
Check out our picks for the top Jane’s Walk exploring the greener side of Toronto.
Step Through History
The Steps of Old Lake Iroquois | May 7
Explore the shoreline of Old Lake Iroquois along Davenport Road and discover some of the early Toronto movers and shakers, the origin of Wychwood Park, the Tollkeeper’s Cottage and more.
Massey Farmlands to Dentonia Parklands Heritage Walk | May 7
Join Councillor Janet Davis for a tour of Dentonia Park and surrounding neighbourhood, home to Taylor-Massey Creek and the famous Massey Family’s farm where milk was first pasteurized in Canada.
Landscape Archaeology of Garrison Creek | May 8
Using sewer grates, retaining walls, finish floor levels and trees, discover the vanished landscape of Garrison Creek, one of Toronto’s lost waterways.
The Humber River and Carrying Place Trail
Legends of the Toronto Carrying Place | May 7
Learn about the first Europeans to pass through Toronto 400 years ago, including French explorer Étienne Brûlé at this historical walk of the Carrying Place Trail.
Trees, Trails, & Tales | May 8
Explore the Humber River’s Carrying Place Trail and the historic Baby Point neighbourhood as you follow in the footsteps of Etienne Brulé, Tuhbenahneequay and Robert Home. Discover Toronto’s architectural, natural, archaeological and aboriginal heritage.
Rouge National Urban Park
Introduction to Rouge National Urban Park | May 6-8
Where the city meets the outdoors! Join Parks Canada staff and volunteers for a walk around Rouge National Urban Park, home to 1,700 species of plants and animals and over 11,000 years of human history.
Walking the Line, to the Rouge River | May 7
Following the energy corridor that runs through Toronto, Scarborough and the Morningside Heights community, learn about the history of the First Peoples who resided in the Rouge Park, the park’s flora and fauna, stormwater management ponds and the pipelines that run beneath the Hydro lines.
Workout While You Walk
Walk As A Workout | May 6 and 7
Explore the historic Humber River on a mood elevating “blue-green” walking workout (outside and beside water) with one of North America’s leading experts on walking for exercise, Lee Scott.
Drills, Hills and Thrills: Cedarvale Fitness Walk Circuit | May 7
Frequented by Ernest Hemingway and saved by Jane Jacobs with the halting of the Spadina Expressway plan, explore the history of Cedarvale Ravine and get your heart pumping with Fitness Expert Leehe Lev as expand your idea of where and how you exercise.
Walk the Line: Exploring Toronto’s Green Line Linear Park | May 6
Walk the Green Line, an exciting future linear park and trail through an urban hydro corridor and explore the area’s history and development, and the challenges and opportunities in creating this new green space.
Creating a Linear Park in East York | May 8
Hidden in plain sight, a linear park runs parallel to the Danforth, from Chester station to nearly Donlands station. Explore and re-imagine what this corridor can be and look like.
Visit the Jane’s Walk website to see the full list of walks taking place around Toronto.