Single family detached homes on John Street.

Jane’s Walks offer a lively discussion on legs

Contribute to a city-wide dialogue

May 2 2019 –

The City and Park Board are offering a number of Jane's Walks around the city to help residents actively discover new aspects of their neighbourhoods, share stories, and celebrate community.

These free guided tours are fun and educational opportunities for people to meet their neighbours and learn together.


City and Parks Board staff are leading walks in locations around Vancouver between May 3 and 12.

Reimagining Granville Bridge

How did the Granville Bridge come to be? And what is coming next? Learn about the Granville Bridge Connector project with City of Vancouver and Parks staff and share your own Granville Bridge stories and ideas for the future. 

The tour will cross the bridge on the west side towards Downtown, stopping at key points along the way. The tour will formally end at Granville and Drake, however those interested in a return trip will be welcome to join the hosts as they walk back to the starting point.

Friday, May 3, 11am to 12:30pm
Beaucoup Bakery, 2150 Fir St, Vancouver
Led by Dylan Passmore, transportation plan-engineer

A Park Ranger Perspective at the Top of the City

This 45 minute walk showcases various areas of the park, including the arboretum, conservatory, rock quarry, native and ornamental flora and fauna, water reservoir, time capsule, cherry blossoms, love locks, rose garden, and all the history that lives up to the royal naming of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Friday, May 3, 11am to 12pm
Canadian Flag Pole in front of the Pitch N Putt at Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Led by Chris Penton, Lead Ranger for the Vancouver Park Board

Olympic Village Green Infrastructure Walk

This tour will focus on the nature-based and water sensitive designs that are showcased in the Olympic Village neighbourhood. Discussion will include urban design, water management and the aspiration to create a water sensitive city that uses nature-based solutions to manage water, increase livability, and respond to our changing climate.

Friday, May 3, 2pm to 2:45pm
Big Sparrow at Olympic Village, 1650 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Led by Cameron Owen, long range green infrastructure planner

Jericho Lands Site Walk

A comprehensive planning program is underway to help create a policy statement that will guide the future development of the Jericho Lands, a 90-acre site owned jointly by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and Canada Lands Company.

City staff recently launched a public engagement process and want to start a dialogue with those interested in learning, sharing, and talking about the future of these lands.

Friday, May 3, 4pm to 5:30pm
Southwest corner of 4th and Highbury, Vancouver
Led by the Jericho Lands planning team

How does new rental housing get built in Vancouver? A tour of 500 new rental homes

The City of Vancouver has a goal of 5,000 new dedicated market rental homes being built by 2021. There are currently proposals for 500 new rental homes - about 10% of this total - within just a five block radius of Fraser and Kingsway.

The walk will explore more about each of these proposals and the city policies that have led to an increase in the number of market rental housing developments across the city.

Saturday, May 4, 10:30am to 12​pm
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood Pub, 3728 Clark, Vancouver
Graham Anderson, housing policy planner

Resilient Neighbourhood Walks

As part of BC Emergency Preparedness Week, there will also be four Resilient Neighbourhood Walks. On these free guided walks you will have the opportunity to learn about the potential impacts of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on specific areas, find out about community strengths and opportunities, and discuss neighbourhood preparedness initiatives. Find out more

  • Mount Pleasant - Saturday, May 4, 2pm to 4pm
  • Riley Park - Sunday, May 5, 2pm to 4pm
  • Grandview Woodland  - Saturday, May 11, 2pm to 4pm
  • Kerrisdale - Sunday, May 12, 2pm to 4 pm

Honouring urbanist Jane Jacobs

Jane's Walks are held annually around the world to celebrate and honour urbanist Jane Jacobs, who was an advocate for sustainable and community-centred neighbourhoods.

Find more information on these and other walks around Vancouver