The annual event encourages Halifax residents to explore their own backyard

An annual event that encourages Halifax residents to get outside and explore their own backyard is taking place this weekend in honor of urbanist Jane Jacobs.

Started in 2007 by friends of Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a global event where city dwellers can learn and connect with their community and neighbors.

“Jane’s Walks really brings together diverse voices, stories and stories from everyone from your neighbor to a local historian,” said event organizer Emily Miller.

A total of 17 walks will take place in the Halifax Regional Municipality on Saturday and Sunday. Each trek consists of a different adventure or activity.

“They range from everything from the history of Lake Banook to the Halifax Waterfront — past, present and future — and how the community is thriving in Spryfield, so really kind of everywhere,” Miller said.

The walks are led by a variety of volunteers throughout the region, from artists to geologists.

Miller helped bring the event to Halifax after stumbling upon an article about Jane Jacobs, a writer and urbanist who enjoyed bringing people in her community together.

“It really inspired me that cities should be made by the people who live in them and should be influenced by the citizens that make up the city, and that just stayed with me,” she said.

After two years of the pandemic, Miller adds, what better time for residents to step out and review their city’s growth.

“This is a great opportunity to get outside, meet our neighbors, learn about the community and see how our city has changed in the last few years because my goodness has it ever been.”

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