Jane’s Walk: 2016

This year, Jane’s Walk will be held Friday May 6 – Sunday May 8.

Below are the walks that have been planned so far.

More walks are in the works so check back for updates as the weekend approaches.

2016 Schedule (so far)

Friday May 6

Photo by Devin Sturgeon

6 – 7:30pm     Urban Wetland Management at the Maitland Woods and Hindmarsh Property   

Walk Leaders:  Susan Chan (Hindmarsh Property), Martin Quinn (Goderich Town Parks Supervisor), Geoff King (Maitland Valley Conservation Authority)

Meeting place:  Entrance to the Maitland Woods, south end of the parking lot behind the Columbus Centre, Parsons Court, Goderich

How can urban wetlands and forests be used to provide important ecosystem services?  The Maitland Woods is rich in its variety of trees, plant life and birds, creeks and ponds.  Discover how we benefit from urban wetland conservation.

 *This walk is suitable for families with young children and pets.  Be prepared for some wet areas.

6 – 8pm     Victorian House Styles: Hysterical or Historical historical

Walk Leader:  John Rutledge, Architect

Meeting place: 58 Elgin Ave East, Goderich

About 12 different architectural house styles were created, during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837-1901, none of them are actually called Victorian.  This leisurely 1-2 hour ‘walk-about’ around the older parts of Goderich will acquaint you with the actual names and details of these historic Victorian architectural house styles.

*This walk is repeated Saturday May 7th at 10am.

Saturday May 7

10am-noon     Victorian House Styles: Hysterical or Historical historical

Walk Leader:  John Rutledge, Architect

Meeting place: 58 Elgin Ave East, Goderich

About 12 different architectural house styles were created, during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837-1901, none of them are actually called Victorian.  This leisurely 1-2 hour ‘walk-about’ around the older parts of Goderich will acquaint you with the actual names and details of these historic Victorian architectural house styles.

*This walk is repeated Friday May 8th at 6pm.

theGroves2 – 3:30pm     Behind the Cemetery, The Groves   

Walk Leader:  Wendy Hoernig

Meeting place:  Maitland Cemetery, southeast of Goderich on Highway 8. Follow the coloured tape to the back of the cemetery.  

Do you know about the groves?  Where did the idea come from?  How did it come to be here?  What is planned for the future?  We will investigate the destruction, the planning, and the progress of regrowth that has taken place since August 2011.

*Rain date:  Sunday May 8th, 2pm.

4:30 – 6pm     Be a Tourist in Your Own Town alley_walk

Walk Leader:  George Zoethout

Meeting place: 43 West Street, Goderich

Bring your camera and head down to 43 West street. George will hold a “Walk and Talk Tour of the Laneways and Back Alleys on The Courthouse Square” Photography, philosophy and local history will be discussed as we take a colourful walk on the wild side of Goderich.

*Rain or Shine.

Sunday May 8

Firmly Rooted9:30-10:30 am Tiny Farming

Walk Leader: Tamara McMullen

Meeting place: 37273 Bayfield River Rd

Firmly Rooted is a 2-acre organic vegetable farm entering its fourth season. Owners Brian and Tamara farm about 40 different vegetables focusing on specialty crops including salad greens and heirloom tomatoes. You may have seen them at the Goderich or Bayfield farmers markets.

Come hear about their organic growing practices and farming philosophies while getting a close look at their greenhouses and fields, and sneaking a peek at their unique home: an authentic Mongolian yurt attached to a 200 sq. ft. tiny house.

*This walk is suitable for adults and supervised children, the relatively rough terrain may be challenging for people with walkers and those in wheelchairs. No pets please.

2 – 3:30pm     A Renewable Energy Story   Solar Panels Elgin St

Walk Leader:  Bruce McCreath

Meeting place:  Goderich Library

Join us for an exploration of what one Goderich couple is doing to lead the renewable energy transition, perhaps you will be inspired!  We will meet for a solar panel introduction at the Library then walk to the homeowner’s residence.  Discover the challenges and opportunities of living with solar panels, based on several years of local experience.

*Not suitable for children or pets.  Accessible except within owner’s home.