WALKS 2019

May 3-5 2019

May 3, 10:45 am & May 4, 10 am

WOMEN OF HAMILTON: LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

Join Sheri and Cathy as we explore and discuss some of the history of women's contributions to Hamilton and visit organizations and historic sites.


Friday Walk

May 3 at 10:45 am

Meeting Location: City Hall Lobby cafe

Walk Route - from City Hall to Ferguson Station and back to Gore Park


Saturday Walk

May 4 at 10:00 am

Meeting Location: YWCA 75 MacNab Street South, Lobby

Walk Route - from YWCA to Ferguson Station and back to Gore Park

Friday May 3, 5 PM

THE ‘DIRT’ ON PRINCESS POINT

Dive deep into history and get the dirt on Princess Point! Join Royal Botanical Gardens’ Christie Brodie as she takes you on a journey to learn about the landscape of Princess Point and Cootes Paradise Marsh from the past, the present, and looking towards the future!

Meet at the Princess Point Trailhead for this 1-hour, 1.5 km free, guided walk on some of RBG’s 27 km of trails. This walk will go into our Nature Sanctuaries, and will be on un-even packed-earth trails.

Please note that parking charges apply.


**In the event of inclement weather or uncertain conditions (high winds, ice, extreme windchill, heavy rain, thunderstorms or hazardous driving conditions), please check our Program Update Line at 905-527-1158 ext. 404 one to two hours before the start time to see if the walk has been cancelled. Updates are also posted on Facebook and Twitter.**

Friday May 3rd, 5:30 pm

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BETTER CITY

What does it mean to live in one of the most fertile places in Canada, or along a migratory route? How can we incorporate food, native plants, filter storm water and green our streets for biodiversity and human health? Lets walk about what we can do right now for improving quality of life from 'building envelopes' to sustainable parks & gardens for a better city.

Meeting location: Mary St. at Murray, behind the Food Basics (walk length approx 1 hour)

Friday May 3 at 6:30 pm

EVENING COMMUNITY WALK OF OUR PIPELINE TRAIL

In general, the trail (and the pipeline below being the one and only waterworks for Hamilton) is the most fascinating aspect I'd love to talk about. Understanding the unique pleasure of having this trail run through an otherwise urban setting is easy. Hoping to examine the trail, with emphasis on the two communities of Homeside and Crown Point East.


Meet on Strathearne Ave just a few meters before Barton, where the trail is visible. We will walk in a south-west direction on the trail. The trail itself cuts diagonally through the otherwise NS, EW direction of Hamilton's east end streets. Walk will end at Ottawa and Main St.

Time about 1.5 hours.

Friday May 3rd, 7pm

BARTON COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR AND WESTINGHOUSE COMPLEX

Meet location: 541 Cafe (corner of Westinghouse and Barton)


Walking route is as follows:

Westinghouse Ave to Princess Ave   

Birch/ Princess to Barton 

Birch to Sherman north side of Barron  

Sherman to Sanford south side of Barton 

Sanford to 541 Cafe -north side of Barton 


Distance is approximately 3 k.


Barton Commercial Corridor /Westinghouse Complex tour features the key buildings of  the largest  employer  there ever was in  Hamilton. Some of the establishments on Barton St where employees shopped and refreshed themselves will also visited.  

Friday May 3rd,  7:15-8:15pm

HARBOUR STROLL WITH BARC

As part of Hamilton's Jane's walk 2019, take a sunset stroll around Bayfront Park with Bay Area Restoration Council, to learn about the history of the harbor, ongoing environmental issues and restoration efforts. 

Please meet under the pergola by the parking lot (Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:15 AM – 2:15 PM

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES

Back again for their 3rd year - Take a 40km bike tour showcasing the Burlington Bay and the beach strip to celebrate community during the Jane's Walk week-end. Meet at Bayfront park at 9:15 AM. Please visit their event page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/396144767881356/

Saturday May 4, 10 am

DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN DUNDAS WALKING TOUR, 1840-70

Stroll the Cross-Melville Heritage District, often used for tv and movie filming, with a Dundas Heritage Association tour leader, starting at the oldest continuously operating hotel in Ontario, and perusing some of the most charming commercial and residential architecture of the 1840’s to 70’s. 

Meeting Location: In front of the Collins Hotel, 33 King St. W.

Walk Route:  Downtown Dundas (King Street), up Cross Street, along Victoria Street to Melville, back via Sydenham to King Street.

Approximate Walk Length:  1.5 hours

Saturday May 4th, 10am

TOUR OF BARTON VILLAGE BIA WITH CONFESSIONS OF A STREET WALKER

This walk will be led by Anita and Rachel. Anita is the amazing lady who has walked all streets in Hamilton. This is her favourite and she wants to show you why. Rachel, from Barton Village BIA, will also be on hand to share historical tidbits and exciting plans.

Meet at Lotus and the Bee (304 Barton St E)


Walk will travel East along Barton St E (approx 1km)

Saturday May 4, 10 am

LIVING IN WATERDOWN VILLAGE: A WALK THROUGH TIME

From thriving industrial village to booming bedroom community, this Jane’s Walk explores how life in Waterdown has been shaped over the years by geography, physiography, industry, commerce and our modes of transportation.

Meet at Sealey Park, 115 Main Street South (Parking in Park lot and on-street on Main Street South)

Walk is 2 hours

5 km (1 hour) of mostly flat walking

Saturday May 4, 10:30 am

HISTORY HIKE - GRIFFIN HOUSE, THE HERMITAGE, GATEHOUSE MUSEUM, SULPHUR SPRINGS & SPECIES AT RISK

Griffin House sits on high ground overlooking Dundas valley.  Along these trails is the Ancaster Hermitage, limestone mansion, country home and rural folly.  The ruin captures the imaginations of all who hike, run and bike the trails. In the valley, less than a kilometre away, are the Sulphur Springs, site of the Sulphur Springs Hotel and Spa.  The therapeutic effects of the sulphurous waters were sought after by visitors suffering a host of ailments in the 19th century.  A tour of Griffin House and discussion of species at risk in the valley is included.  NOTE: This tour is approx.. 2km on outdoor trails; please come dressed for the weather and uneven terrain. Accessibility is limited. 
The tour will start at the Hermitage Gatehouse Parking Lot, Sulphur Springs Rd. Approx. 600 Sulphur Spring Rd.  GPS 43.236579, -79.998604
The tour will end at Griffin House National Historic Site, 733 Mineral Springs Rd
Tour Hosts: Christopher Redford, Heritage Presentation Co-ordinator, City of Hamilton, and Staff, Griffin House National Historic Site.

Saturday May 4, 10:30 AM

IMAGINING SAFER STREETS IN OUR DOWNTOWN

Meet in front of the Corktown Pub (corner of Young St & Ferguson Ave S)

Starting and ending at the Corktown Pub, the walk route will take us to sites in the Beasley, Corktown, and Stinson neighbourhoods in downtown Hamilton (approx 1.5 km)

Walkers will take a glimpse into the present and future of neighbourhood safety in the Beasley, Corktown, and Stinson neighbourhoods in downtown Hamilton. The walk will include visits to safety hot spots to discuss how our streets can be made safer and more accessible for everyone who uses them. The walk will be both an imaginative exploration of place and an informal audit of our current safety standards. The walk will start and end at the corner of Young Street & Ferguson Avenue South (in front of the Corktown Pub).

May 4 & 5, both days at 11am

THE STORIES IN THE STONES

Hamilton Cemetery, Meet at the gatehouse, 777 York Blvd. (across from Dundurn Castle)
Circular tour of the cemetery
1-1 1/2 hours
The cemetery tour theme is "Hamilton's Firsts". Learn about Hamilton many firsts: the 1st mayor, the 1st doctor, and many more.

Saturday May 4th at 11 am and Sunday May 5th at 2 pm

AUCHMAR ESTATE: THE HIDDEN JEWEL ON THE HAMILTON MOUNTAIN

Walk with Diane Dent, Chair Friends of Auchmar, and Bill King, author Buchanan of Auchmar. Discuss: Why are the Honourable Isaac Buchanan and the Auchmar Estate important? Who was the Honourable Isaac Buchanan? Why must the entire Auchmar estate remain in public ownership? Date built, unique heritage features that make Auchmar one of the few intact Victorian estates remaining, architectural features of the manor house, dovecote, coach house, gatehouse lodge, walled gardens, apple orchard, the wood lot, cultural landscape, artifacts discovered, gates to former stable rebuilt (provincial order to comply).

Find Diane and Bill at the Front Entrance in Yellow Auchmar T-shirts holding a sign Auchmar Walking Tour (20-30 minute tour of the grounds)

Saturday May 4, 12 noon

THE RISE AND FALL AND RISE OF LOCKE STREET SOUTH

Meet at NW corner of Hunter and Lock. The walk will proceed up Locke Street S to Stanley and then back to end at St John the Evangelist Church. The building will be open for inside viewing and washroom use (total time: 45 min-1 hour)

Share your stories with Sarah while exploring Locke St and its fascinating history. This walk will start in the 1890s and move to the present day, covering changes to the street and neighbourhood that contributed to the resurgence of commerce and pedestrian traffic.The walk wraps up with an optional tour of St John the Evangelist Church, which dates to 1891.

NOTE: Locke St will be under construction

Saturday May 4th, 1:00 p.m.

OLDE TOWN STONEY CREEK

The Stoney Creek Historical Society (SCHS)’s Jane’s walk will be of Olde Town Stoney Creek. Meet in the parking lot behind the Legion downtown. Their walk will include an introduction, group expectations, proceeding along Mountain Ave. S., Maple Ave., Lake Ave., King St. E. downtown business section, Jones St., concluding in the Town Square opposite the Powerhouse.

Duration: approx 1 hour, featuring historic buildings past and present, fielding questions along the route.

Saturday May 4, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

SAM LAWRENCE PARK: REFLECTING ON THE PAST, EXAMINING THE PRESENT, IMAGINING THE FUTURE

Meeting Location:  West Parking Lot (opposite Highcliffe Avenue)

Approximate Walk Length: 1.5 hours


Sam Lawrence Park is one of Hamilton's signature parks, known for its spectacular views. Please join us as we explore the park's storied history, the issues/challenges currently affecting the site, and how the park may better-serve Hamiltonians in the years to come.

Saturday May 4, 2:00 PM

ALLEYS OF HAMILTON, DOWNTOWN TO HAMILTON GENERAL HOSPITAL

Meeting location is in Gore Park at the SoBi station near the statue of Queen Victoria.  Length is about one hour

This ride will happen rain or shine, so bring a raincoat if it looks like rain.  Pace is slow, children are welcome and we will stop frequently to talk about transportation infrastructure and alleyway housing. 


This is a "bicycle only" event; additional bikes can be rented at the SoBi station where each ride starts.

Saturday May 4, 3 pm

PROPOSED MAGILL/PEARL/KENT GREENWAY

A neighbourhood greenway (sometimes called a bicycle boulevard) is a low-volume side street that allows local car traffic but gives priority to walking and cycling. This walk tours the route of a pilot greenway proposed for Hamilton.

Meet at Magill St and Barton St W

Route: South on Magill to York, south on Pearl to HAAA Park, south on Kent to Glenfern (approx 2.5 km)

Sunday May 5th, 11 am-1pm

THE GEMS OF GALA

Meeting Location: Woodlands Park, corner of Wentworth and Barton (near the fire hall)


Route: Woodlands Park - Lois Lane Alley (Sanford to Westinghouse) - Westmill Alley (Westinghouse to Milton) - through the alley behind the library to Birch Avenue Gateway - walk through the gardens - Powell Park at Barton and Birch

The walk will showcase the work we have done and talk about plans for future enhancements.

Sunday May 5th, 11am

DO YOU KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING? TRANSIT AND MOBILITY DOWNTOWN

Public transit is a vital service for cities that countless residents rely on every day, but as vehicle emissions grow in Hamilton and Ontario, we need to figure out how to get more drivers to make the switch to public transit. On this walk we will take a look at transit stops in the downtown core and will have an open discussion based around accessibility and how to better improve the system to attract new riders.

Meeting location: Gore Park in front of Redchurch Cafe

Approx. walk length: 30-45 minutes (depending on chat length at planned stops)

Sunday May 5th, 1:00 pm

ERAMOSA KARST: PRESERVING NATURE'S PLACE IN UPPER STONEY CREEK

Meet at the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area Parking Lot on Upper Mount Albion Rd. (South of Highland)
Approx. walk length: 2 hours


The walk will show highlights of the Karst features in the conservation area, a little history of the land, and will include a description of the role played by the community in saving 80 acres of land which were added to the conservation area.

  • If weather is unfavourable, as in high winds or lightning, the walk will have to be cancelled due to dangerous conditions.

Sunday May 5 at 1 pm

CHURCHILL PARK, WESTDALE - THE LAND BETWEEN

Come explore the human and natural history of this unique public space that straddles an old growth Carolinian forest and a mature, urban neighbourhood, and learn about some of the changes taking place.


Meet at the Northeast corner of Marion Ave. N. and Cline Ave. N.


The walk will last approximately 1 ½ hours. We will walk the perimeter of the park, enter the forest via the South Shore trails, and end at the Aviary on Oak Knoll drive.


Unfortunately this is not an accessible walk. Sturdy shoes, or rain boots if it's wet, are recommended.

Sunday May 5th 2pm-3pm

VANISHING NEIGHBOURHOODS- BEASLEY

They say Beasley is a neighbourhood in “transition”. What does that exactly mean?

Join us on a Jane's walk and journey from “Beasley,  Portrait of a Neighbourhood (Not Mr Rogers neighbourhood)- The Spectator 2006, to a close knit neighbourhood where everyone belonged , a symbol of hope, to the recent transformations 

The walk will start from Friscolanti Funeral Home (A brief History) on the Corner of John and Barton and wind its way to Simone hall (Beasley Park) for cake and discussions.

Sunday May 5, 2:00 PM

ALLEYS OF HAMILTON, DURAND AND KIRKENDALL

Meeting location is in the Pavilion at Durand Park next to the SoBi station.  Length is about one hour.   

Route, photos and description may be found in the Raise the Hammer article here: 

http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/3480/two_janes_rides_in_may:_downtown_to_general_hospital_and_durand_to_kirkendall_by_alley


This ride will happen rain or shine, so bring a raincoat if it looks like rain.  Pace is slow, children are welcome and we will stop frequently to talk about transportation infrastructure and alleyway housing. 


This is a "bicycle only" event; additional bikes can be rented at the SoBi station where each ride starts.

 

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