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The details on the 2019 walks will be finalized in the first week of April.
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The 2018 Jane’s Walk Weekend has come and gone.  There was an excellent program of 12 walks covering many parts of Kingston. We hope to continue the success with this year’s program which is scheduled for Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May 2019.

The program of Kingston walks for 2019 is taking shape – another great selection of walks.  Fifteen have been confirmed. We will be adding information on each of the walks as soon as it is confirmed.  The full program will be available in early April.

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If you are interested in developing and leading a walk for the 2019 program, please send an email. to contact the City Co-ordinator – click here.  

Friday 3 May 2019

Saturday 4 May 2019

Sunday 5 May 2019

10 am –  10 am – 

10 am –

10 am – The Isabel, The Tett, Bandages and Beer

10 am –

10:30 am – 

11:30 am – Jane’s Walk at the Tett with Artist, Andy Berg

12 noon – K&P Trail Bicycle Tour 12 noon –
1 pm –
2 pm –  2 pm – 

2 pm –

2 pm – 200 Years of Life and Commerce in Portsmouth Village

2 pm –

4 pm –

5:30 pm – Belle Park

4 pm – 4 pm –  

Memorial Centre Grounds: from Loyalist Land Grant to Community Hub

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Early 20th century baseball game on the fairgrounds with Crystal Palace (York & Alfred Sts) and grandstand (Alfred St) in the background.

Confirmed for 2019

Date:  TBA May 2019    Time: TBA

Walk Description:  A walking tour of the Memorial Centre grounds with a look at the historical and present day uses including: purchase by the British government for defence of Kingston, location of the Crystal Palace exhibition hall, the development and construction of the Memorial Centre and a multi-purpose green space for Williamville and Kingscourt Districts.

Meeting Place: at the Albert Street entrance

Tour Leaders and Organizers:  John Grenville, Williamsville Community Association

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Barriefield Village

Barriefield image
William Michael House c l819. (master armourer at the Royal Naval Dockyard), shown c l898 with the Leader family.  One of the earliest brick houses remaining in the City of Kingston.

Confirmed for 2019

Date:  TBA May 2019    Time: TBA

Walk Description:  A walking tour of historic Barriefield Village – the 1st Heritage Conservation District inOntario

This walk will include some historical background that resulted in the settlement of Barriefield with its distinctive architecture.  Stories about some of the former residents and their roles while viewing their charming homes will be included.  Also some recent struggles to conserve the heritage of this unique village from unsympathetic development will be recounted.  Length of tour approx 1 ¼ hour

Meeting Place:  Meet on the street at the entrance to St. Mark’s church.  Park on the street.  Please do NOT park on the St. Mark’s church property.

Accessibility Note:  Some uneven areas, so challenging for wheelchairs and those who have difficulty walking uncertain terrain.

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Maureen Farr-Eagan and Christine Sypnowich, Barriefield Villagers

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Kingscourt: Airfield to Wartime Housing

1 Wartime Housing1 Hangar and clubhouse

Confirmed for 2019

Date: TBA May 2019 Time:  TBA

Walk Description:  Learn the story of Kingston’s first airport, and walk through the 1942 wartime housing neighbourhood.

Kingscourt was farmland until 1929 when  the Flying Club of Kingston leased land to create the first Kingston Municipal Airfield with grass runways.  The Club held huge annual air meets in the early 1930s that attracted as many as 10,000 spectators.  With the advent of WWII, the Club moved to what is now Norman Rogers Airport to take part in the British  Commonwealth Air Training scheme, and the grass airfield was closed.  By then, Alcan was making aircraft parts for the war effort, and needed housing for its workers.  During the winter of 1942/43, Wartime Housing Ltd (the precursor to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp) built 250 prefab houses, assembly-line fashion.  These houses were meant to be taken down after the war, but instead were sold to returning veterans and 75 years later, most of them are still here!  We’ll walk some of the wartime housing streets and end with coffee inside one of the houses.

Terrain:  sidewalks, curbs, a few steps

Meeting Place:   We’ll meet in the parking lot at St Peter Catholic Elementary School, 48 Seventh Ave

Tour Leaders and Organizers:   Lucinda Bray and Deb Brennan head up the History Committee of the Kingscourt Community Association, and live in one of the wartime houses.

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The Isabel, The Tett, Bandages and Beer

2 Tett and Isabel image

Confirmed for 2019

Date:  Sunday 5 May 2019          Time: 10:00 am

Walk Description:  A tour of the now world renowned Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, the irrepressible bubbling Tett, home to artisans, performance groups, and the Juniper Cafe, both of which show evidence of their heritage as what was once the largest brewery in North America.  The tour of the Isabel, which highlights the historical and architectural features, will also include a tour around the new (2014) state of the art, Department of Film and Media Studies, including their preview theatre.  We will join Andy Berg’s artist’s walk at 11:30, which will link up with a tour of the Tett.

This tour includes a leisurely stroll outside up the hill through the old brewery grounds, past the lovely St. Helen’s and Stone Gables. Finish at the Juniper Cafe, the only pub/eatery in Kingston with an open air patio right on the lake.

Tour Leaders and Organizers:  Carol McKay, with the support of Julie Clarke of the Isabel and Nadine Baker of the Tett; the guides trained by the Isabel and the Tett.

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200 Years of Life and Commerce in Portsmouth Village

3 Portsmouth Harbour

Confirmed for 2019

Date: Sunday 5 May 2019   Time: 2pm

Walk Description:  to be available shortly


Walk Leaders:  David More and Michael Sayer

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Across from the Century Block

Peter Gower - Jane's Walk 2

Confirmed for 2019

Date:  TBA    Time:  TBA

Walk Description:  Looking across the street at the good, the bad and the ugly as we walk around Clarence, Wellington, Johnson and King.

Meeting Place:  Bourcher Park on Clarence Street

Walk Leader:  Peter Gower

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Kingston WWI Memorial Walk and Podcast

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Confirmed for 2019

Dates: TBA May 2019  Time: TBA

Walk Description:  During this year of the 100th anniversary marking the end of the “war to end all wars,” PeaceQuest is pleased to invite you to accompany us on this walk to remember. The Kingston WWI Memorial Walk honours the lived history of Kingstonians who were affected by and those who served in WWI. This walking tour will focus on monuments, family homes, individual stories and other relevant points around downtown Kingston.  This one hour, twelve-stop walk invokes the lives of many local individuals who both lived and lost during that tragic conflict.  We hope you will be touched by their stories, inspired to learn more about their contributions, and challenged to examine your own assumptions about war and peace.

Meeting Place:  Please meet in front of the Kingston Tourist Information Building on Ontario Street (across from City Hall) at least 5 minutes before each start time.  The duration of this walking tour will be around 1 hour and traverse about 1km.   Though this walk can be accessed by individuals through their electronic smart devices, for the purposes of the Jane’s Walks, the complete audio will be made available to all walkers through a wireless speaker provided by your tour guide. Everyone is welcome!

Tour Commentator: Led by members of PeaceQuest, renowned Canadian actor R.H. Thomson will guide you through Kingston’s historic city core and give you a glimpse of the city as it was during World War I.

Special Notes:  There are many ways to take the tour though we recommend that this tour is best enjoyed in person, with the brochure and audio accompaniment on headphones.

  • Download a DIGITAL copy of the brochure
  • Download a PRINTER-FRIENDLY copy of the brochure
  • Search “Kingston Memorial Walk” on iTunes or your favourite podcast app
  • Listen on SoundCloud or…
  • Use one of the two embedded players below (select “Play in Browser” if you don’t want the SoundCloud App)
  • Hearing impaired? Download the full audio script here.
  • No Data? Download the audio files directly to your device

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K&P Trail Bicycle Tour

Outer Station - K&P Trail
Kingston’s Outer Station (1855-56) in better days

Confirmed for 2019

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019      Time: 12 noon

Ride Description:  Jane Jacobs was an avid bicyclist. This ‘walk’ will be a bicycle tour of the area north of Belle Park going up the original K&P line to Montreal Street. We will explore the remains of the old CN main line and the HISTORIC GRAND TRUNK Outer Station where passenger rail used to arrive in Kingston FROM 1855 UNTIL 1972. We will proceed along the old rail line to the new K&P trail which proceeds north to Elliott and John Counter Boulevard (and beyond). After exploring where the K&P line used to run across a rock cut to Division St we will turn back and follow the K&P trail south through the old NORTH KINGSTOWN industrial area, as far as Quattrocci’s market at the corner of Railway and Montreal Streets. We will then return to Belle Park using the old K&P line. Total time will be 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

Terrain: The bicycle tour will travel at a very slow pace. We will travel across a foot path between Montreal St and the K&P trail following the old CN rail line. This section may require us to dismount and ‘walk’ our bicycles (approximately 600 meters). Otherwise most of the trip is on pavement or hard packed trail.

Meeting Place:  Belle Park entrance

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Roger Healey will lead the ‘walk.’ Bruce Bursey provided organizational help.

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Kingston’s Inner Harbour: Past, Present and Future

kingston inner harbour 1924
This 1924 air photo captures the industrial character of Anglin Bay. Notice the Davis Drydock, and the remains of the Grand Trunk Railway embankment to the right (National Air Photo Library)

Confirmed for 2019

Date: TBA May 2019    Time:  TBA

Walk Description:  For over 300 years, the Inner Harbour has been an integral part of Kingston’s Indigenous, French, British, Industrial and Natural Heritage.  This hour-long walking tour will explore aspects of that history. Current issues such as turtle habitat, accessible trail construction, and possible future developments will also be highlighted.

Meeting Place:  Anglin Bay parking lot @ the intersection of Wellington and Bay Sts. in downtown Kingston.

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Mary Farrar (Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour)

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Belle Park

Belle Park - 1998 Orthophoto, City's website

Confirmed for 2019

Date: Friday 3 May 2019   Time: 5:30pm

Walk Description: Discover more about the natural and cultural history of this 44-hectare (108-acrre) city park along the Great Cataraqui River.  From marchland to municipal landfill to tennis courst and a 9-hole golf course to now.

Meeting Place:  Club House steps, Belle Park, 731 Montreal St.

Parking:  is available.

Walk Leaders:  Mary Louise Adams

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The Architecture of Queen Street

1870s St Pauls by R.W. Barrow Coll. of J. McKendry
1870s photo by R.W. Barrow of the Lower Burial Ground (1783 to 1863), St. Paul’s Anglican Church (datestone 1845, rebuilt 1854) and Church Hall (1872) at the corner of Queen and Montreal Street (Coll. of J. McKendry)

Confirmed for 2019

Date: TBA  May 2019   Time: TBA

Walk Description:  This walk will involve a visit of the listed and designated properties from the base of Queen Street up the hill, lasting about 90 minutes.

Meeting Place: Near the intersection of Queen and Ontario in the Frontenac Parking Lot (opposite the K-Rock Centre)

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Shirley Bailey (Frontenac Heritage Foundation)

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JANE’S WALK AT THE TETT with Artist, Andy Berg

Aqua Viva Unveiling at the Tett (003)
Unveiling of Aqua Viva as part of Culture Days 2017 at The Tett

Aqua Viva at the Tett
Confirmed for 2019

Date: Sunday 5 May 2019      Time: 11:30 am

Walk Description: Visit the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning at 11 a.m. on Sunday May 6, 2018 for an artist led walk with local sculptor, Andy Berg. Berg is the Great Art for Great Lakes artist who worked with the community of Kingston in a local Canada 150 project starting in the early summer of 2017. Over the course of the summer, the ceramic wall work project entitled Aqua Viva, was facilitated by Berg in community workshops at the Tett Centre and over 200 individual community made pieces were fired in the Kingston Potters Guild kilns. The finished Aqua Viva ceramic wall work is now permanently installed in the main stairwell at the beautiful  Tett Centre and was unveiled for Culture Days 2017.

For Jane’s Walk Kingston 2018, Andy Berg will meet participants in the front foyer of the Tett Centre. The walk will begin with an artist’s view of the waterside of the Tett. Learn how our magnificent local Great Lake became the focus of the community art project Berg facilitated at the Tett and how the community took part in this project through a Lake Ontario art walk and Tett clay maker workshops. Together we will make our way through the Tett, to the main stairwell for a viewing and an artists talk about the completed wall work, Aqua Viva. This artist led tour will also include a visit to the Kingston Potters Guild facilities in the Tett (time allowing).

Jane’s Walk Kingston special feature: Visitors will be lead by the artist through a hands on art experience with clay that will connect them to Aqua Viva in the Tett and Lake Ontario at its waterfront.

Meeting Place: front foyer of the Tett Centre

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Andy Berg

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Janes Walk Poster 2018

Please help us promote Jane’s Walk Weekend.  Click here for a pdf of the Jane’s Walk Kingston Poster 2018

Who was “Jane” of Jane’s Walks?  For information on Jane Jacobs, click here

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