In order to ensure the health and safety of both our walk leaders and those attending the walks we have cancelled the 2020 Jane’s Walk program.  Our decision to cancel was not taken lightly and we regret that this year’s program will not take place.  We had an excellent program of walks that we were all set to deliver.  You can see information below on some of the walks that were planned.  

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The walks are given by volunteers, are free, happen rain or shine and usually take about 60 to 90 minutes.  

For those who are looking for a walking tour that they can do now, the City of Kingston has more than a dozen walking tours available in English and French on a mobile app. Information on this excellent series of walks is available on-line here.

If you are interested in developing and leading a walk for the Jane’s Walk Weekend, please send an email. to contact the City Co-ordinator – click here.




10 am – Kingston’s First Multi-Purpose Bike Path – along the Bath Road

10 am – Kingston WWI Memorial Walk

10 am – The Isabel, The Tett, Bandages and Beer
11:30 am – Exploring Ontario Street: Brewers, Bakers and Boilermakers 1830-1970 11:30 am – TBD
12 noon – TBD 12 noon – Williamsville Main Street – From Homes to High-Rises
1 pm – TBD 1 pm – KGH and Kingston’s History in Health Care 1 pm – TBD

2 pm – TBD

4 pm – Royal Military College & Point Frederick 3 pm – TBD 3 pm – TBD
5:30 pm – Barriefield Village 4 pm – TBD

Special Tour – Friday 15 May, 5:30 pm – Belle Park Walking Tour

Williamsville Main Street: from Homes to High-Rises

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Intersection of Nelson and Princess Street, c1950 (Queen’s University Archives, George Lilley Fonds, V25.5-18)

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date:  Sunday 3 May 2020  Time: TBD

Walk Description:  

Meeting Place:

Tour Leaders and Organizers:  John Grenville, Williamsville Community Association

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Barriefield Village

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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.

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date:  Friday 1 May 2020    Time: 5:30 pm

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

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:  Hills and some uneven areas, so challenging for wheelchairs and those who have difficulty walking uncertain terrain.

Tour Leader and Organizer: Maureen Farr-Eagan, a Barriefield Villager and member of the Barriefield Village Association

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KGH and Kingston’s History in Health Care

Kingston, hospitals, KGH, Ann Baillie, Mahood, 1907
1907 Postcard of KGH Nurses’ Home, now the Museum of Health Care, 32 George St., Kingston

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: Saturday 2 May   Time:  1pm

Walk Description: Chances are, you’ve been around Kingston General Hospital over the past few years, but maybe never realized the rich history that was intermingled with the doctor’s office you may have sat in! Kingston has a rich history in healthcare that is hidden around every corner, so why not learn a few fun facts to share during that next checkup? Led by Museum of Health Care Staff, learn about the site of KGH all the way back when it was just a patch of dirt, hear some rather surprising stories about the quirky looking buildings that are nearby, and travel back to the beginning of medical professional training in the Kingston area!

Meeting Place:  Museum of Health Care, Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site, 32 George St.    

Tour Leader:  Kevin Moorhouse, Museum Manager & Program Director

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The Isabel, The Tett, Bandages and Beer

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Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date:  Sunday 3 May 2020          Time: 10:00 am

Walk Description:  A tour of the now world renowned Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts and the irrepressible, bubbling Tett, home to artisans and performance groups.  Both sites show evidence of their heritage as what was once the largest brewery in North America and later as hospitals during World War I.  The tour of the Isabel, which highlights the historical and architectural features, includes the new (2014) state of the art Department of Film and Media Studies, and their preview theatre.  We will join Andy Berg’s artist’s walk at 11:30.

This tour includes a leisurely stroll outside up the hill through the old brewery grounds, past the lovely St. Helen’s and Stone Gables.  Participants are then invited to visit the many artisans’ shows in the Tett this weekend.

Meeting Place:  Foyer of The Isabel at 10 am.

Terrain:  There are some outdoor stairs and uphill walking.

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

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Portsmouth Village Life and the Fisher Legacy 

1892-1904 Portsmouth p22 fire insur coll.J.McKendry crop labelsCancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: Sunday 3 May 2020  Time: 

Walk Description:

Start: TBD

Parking: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

Walk Leaders and Organizers: Michael Sayer (resident); Portsmouth Community Association

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Royal Military College and Point Frederick

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Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date & Time: Friday 1 May 2020, 4 pm

Walk Description: Come and walk the ground where the HMS St. Lawrence, the only Royal Navy first-rate ship of the line ever to be launched and operated entirely in fresh water, was built.

During the war, British naval operations on the Lake Ontario were centered here at Point Frederick, at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Cataraqui Rivers at Lake Ontario. In 1812, the Provincial Marine operated only four vessels armed with 20 short-barreled guns. After May 1813, when the Royal Navy units under Commodore Sir James Yeo took command of the facility, it grew rapidly. At the end of 1814, the Kingston Dockyard produced the largest naval Squadron on the Great Lakes, with 1,600 personnel serving on the massive flagship St. Lawrence, on four other ships, and four smaller vessels totalling 518 guns.

Terrain: sidewalks, curbs, and grass

Meeting Place:  Panet House (15 Valour Drive), Royal Military College Campus – Panet House is the red brick house on the east side of the campus, facing the inner rugby field, directions can be obtained at the front gate.

Parking: Register with parking services in the Guard house at the front gate.

Walk Leaders and Organizers:  Miranda Riley (Royal Military College Museum) and Ron Haycock (Friends of Point Frederick)

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Kingston WWI Memorial Walk and Podcast

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Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Dates & Times: TBA

Walk Description:  The year 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars.”  In recognition, 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 approximately one hour, twelve-stop audio tour 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 of city sidewalks and parks.   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: rH ThomsonLed 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.

Tour Guides: Peacequest members – Ann Boniferro, Bronek Korczynski

Special Notes:  If you are unable to join us for a group walk at either of the times below, know that you may take the tour at any time as an individual by downloading the audio files and brochure as noted.

  • 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

Visit the Memorial Walk page to learn more.

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Kingston’s First Multi-Purpose Bike Path – along the Bath Road

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Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: Saturday 2 May 2020      Time: 10 am

Ride Description:  Jane Jacobs was an avid bicyclist. This ‘walk’ will be a bicycle tour of the new multi-purpose bike path along the Bath Road from .  .  .

Terrain:The bicycle tour will travel at a very slow pace. 

Meeting Place: TBA

Tour Leaders and Organizers: Roger Healey will lead the ‘walk.’

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Kingston’s Inner Harbour: Its Maritime Heritage

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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)

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: TBA  Time: 

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, a legal art wall, accessible trail construction and the pros and cons of possible future developments will also be highlighted.

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

Accessibility:  Terrain predominantly accessible asphalt trail but towards the end of the tour, it will also include a section of stone-dust path and the grassy access to the garden behind Rideaucrest. Participants in wheelchairs are free to leave the tour towards the end to avoid those less accessible sections.

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

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Belle Park

Belle Park - 1998 Orthophoto, City's website
1998 Orthophoto Map of Belle Island (aerial photograph, City of Kingston website)

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: Friday 15 May 2020 – Please note the special date 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 marsh to dump to golf course, this land is now being redesigned as a major park for the city.

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

Parking:  is available.

Walk Leader:  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)

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

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.

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

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The Evolution of Old Sydenham

Sydenham Ward WalkCancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date:    Time: 

Walk Description:  The walk will be a tour of the Old Sydenham Heritage Conservation District, a downtown neighbourhood bounded by Johnson, King and Barrie Streets. It is one of Canada’s most complete and diverse collections of built heritage resources, with many layers of history. The area has examples of over 200 years of building activity, from the Loyalist period to the present, with properties constructed in a variety of architectural styles and building materials. Within this context, I will describe important associations with people and events, and there will be reference made to earlier occupation by Indigenous and French groups. The tour will include descriptions of everyday life during key periods in the area’s history, such as the War of 1812 and the capital era. There will be explanations of the underlying topography, the street and block pattern, and the different phases of development. The tour will begin at the waterfront, loop up through City Park to the courthouse, and then meander through streets and lanes down to King Street and back to the meeting place. Overall, the tour will show the remarkable architectural and cultural history of this slowly evolving urban setting.

Meeting Place:  Newlands Pavilion, Macdonald Park (next to the Murney Tower at the foot of Barrie Street)

Terrain:  The walk will primarily use City sidewalks but some parts may involve unpaved rear lanes and paths across parkland, so there will be some slightly uneven terrain.

Tour Leader: Dr. Carl Bray

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Exploring Ontario Street: Brewers, Bakers and Boilermakers, 1830-1970

Ontario Street - Geo Lilley, QUA, 1950
Aerial View of Kingston looking north along Ontario Street, circa 1950 (George Lilley (1918-2003), Queen’s University Archives)

Cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis Watch for it in 2021

Date: Saturday 2 May 2020  Time: 11:30 am

Walk Description: Explore the amazing history of Ontario Street, a space that helped define and form Kingston as a city. Based on research conducted for the 2019 PumpHouse exhibition; Ontario Street: Brewers, Bakers and Boilermakers 1830-1970, join two City of Kingston curators to hear exciting stories about intriguing, impressive people, fire, explosions, industry, transportation, archaeology, everyday vices and more.

Meeting Place: Front lawn of PumpHouse, 23 Ontario Street, Kingston

Terrain: urban sidewalks

Tour Leaders and Organizers:Tom Riddolls (Curator), Paul Robertson (City Curator), Cultural Services, City of Kingston

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Janes Walk Poster 2020

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

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