Illustration of Jane Jacobs over outline of Huron County with text promoting Jane's Walk Huron 2024

Jane’s Walk Huron 2024

May 4-5, 2024

Jane’s Walk Huron invites the community to explore Huron County’s rich heritage through 24 guided walks taking place in 11 communities. The walks take place Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, as part of the global Jane’s Walk Festival. Inspired by Jane Jacobs (1915-2006), an American-Canadian writer, urbanist, and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building, Jane’s Walks are free events that encourage people to discover unseen aspects of their communities and to use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

2024 Walks

Bayfield

More Than Meets the Eye – Not just one of Canada’s most beautiful villages: Walk down Main Street to Pioneer Park, along Bayfield Terrace and Louisa Street, ending at Clan Gregor Square. Walk leader will describe events and people who once lived along this route.

  • Walk leader: Dave Gillians
  • Date: May 4, 10-11 a.m. (rain date May 5)
  • Meet at: Cenotaph in Clan Gregor Square
  • Walk accessibility: Sidewalks on a busy Main Street or paved roads. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly (on leash).

Bayfield

The Hidden Swamp of Howard Street West and Dow: For decades, there was a common right of way here where the Bayfield community could come to get drinking water. Was it a spring? A common well? Unsure, but the right of way ran behind several shared properties between Howard and Dow and remains a bit of a no-man’s land. The older maps of Bayfield show this area as swampland. This walk will dive into the history of this hidden water resource to see what floats. Please come with stories if anyone remembers family members getting water this way.

  • Walk leader: Mary Ann Colihan
  • Date: May 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: 30 Howard St., W., Bayfield
  • Walk accessibility: Property backyard is a bit uneven and may be prohibitive to wheelchairs if it has been raining. 

Bayfield

Bayfield Tree Walk: A leisurely walk to explore some of the 600 trees that have been planted by the Bayfield Tree Project over the past 15 years. The walk will identify how the various species of trees contribute to the beauty and environmental health of the village.

  • Walk leader: Sondra Buchner
  • Date: May 5, 1-2 p.m.
  • Meet at: Pavilion in Clan Gregor Square
  • Walk accessibility: Most of the walk will be on accessible streets. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly (on leash)

Blyth

Connecting to the Core: The Blyth BIA has been working to connect key tourist attractions to the business core. Walk from the G2G trailhead to the Blyth Memorial Hall to Cowbell Brewing and learn some of the history of the village along the way.

  • Walk leader: David Sparling
  • Date: May 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: 518 Queen St., Blyth
  • Walk accessibility: Grade from G2G to Cowbell and back into Blyth. Pet-friendly (on leash)

Brussels

Brussels Remembers When: This tour will focus on mid to late 1800s architecture of Heritage Buildings in the Village, as well as the remembrances of main street merchants and personalities of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. A tour down main street will be followed by a showcase of restoration plans for Logan’s Mill, then across the Conservation Park for a brief walk down “Millionaires Row” featuring a neighbourhood of High Victorian and Edwardian House construction.

  • Walk leaders: John Rutledge, Paul Nichol & Bill King
  • Date: May 4, 10 a.m.
  • Meet at: Brussels Library Branch, 402 Turnberry St., Brussels
  • Walk accessibility: Fully accessible

Clinton

Animated Mural Tour: Walk through the downtown to explore the eight murals and learn about the animated features. Each mural comes to life if viewed through a smart phone or tablet. Hold your device up and a mini movie begins as the mural comes to life!

  • Walk leader: Steve Campbell
  • Date: May 4, 11 a.m or May 5, 1 p.m. 
  • Meet at: Clinton Raceway
  • Walk accessibility: Municipal streets and sidewalks. No stairs. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly (on leash)

EXETER

Francistown and the Verity Family Business: Bonnie Sitter grew up in the Verity House and knows the rich history of the community once called Francistown.

  • Walk leader: Bonnie Sitter
  • Date: May 5, 10-11 a.m.
  • Meet at: 40 Main St. N., Exeter, in the parking lot located south of Crabby Joe’s, close to the bridge in Exeter. Please do not park on the paved parking lot around the restaurant.
  • Walk accessibility: No stairs. No pets.

EXETER

Heritage Walk on the East Side: Stately Victorian-era homes are located along John and Andrew Streets where many of Exeter’s early business owners resided. A brief history of the homes and their owners will be included during this walk.

  • Walk leader: Joanne Bowen & Laurie Dykstra
  • Date: May 4, 1-2 p.m.
  • Meet at: South Huron Welcome Centre, 303 Main St.
  • Walk accessibility: Municipal sidewalks. Family-friendly. No pets please.

Goderich

Affordable Housing Developments: Walk around a neighbourhood to learn about past and present housing developments, with a focus on affordable housing and non-market housing. Those who join can learn more about how affordable housing is and has been funded, built, and managed; and the challenges and opportunities for future projects.

  • Walk leader: Victor Kloeze
  • Date: May 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: GDCI front entrance, 260 South St., Goderich
  • Walk accessibility: Even terrain with an ‘off road’ portion across mostly level lawn and gravel. Municipal sidewalks with portions on asphalt. Family-friendly but the discussion may be a bit technical for young children. Pet-friendly (on leash).

Goderich

Heritage Conservation Districts of the Downtown Core: The civic centre of Goderich is commonly called “The Square,” but it’s not actually a square. The octagon of downtown Goderich represents a rich history and provides a unique commercial hub of entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Walk leader: Tanya MacIntyre
  • Date: May 5, 2-3 p.m.
  • Meet at: Goderich Town Hall, 57 West St., Goderich
  • Walk accessibility: Sidewalks with some uneven places. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly (on leash)

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Goderich West Side Story – Notable Homes, Notable Families: Explore some the most notable homes in Goderich, beginning and ending at the oldest building in Goderich, the Park House.

  • Walk leader: Robert Morris
  • Date: May 4 & May 5, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: Park House Restaurant, 168 West St., Goderich
  • Walk accessibility: Flat sidewalk. Circuit route about 2.2 km in length.

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Architectural Walking Tour: A tour and talk around all eight sides of the Square exploring the historic architectural styles of the commercial block buildings.

  • Walk leader: John Rutledge
  • Date: May 5, 10 a.m.
  • Meet at: Huron County Courthouse by water fountain, 1 Courthouse Square, Goderich
  • Walk accessibility: Easy walk. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly (on leash)

Seaforth

Seaforth History: Stroll down Main Street learning about some of the history of the founding of Seaforth and the stories behind the architecture of the beautiful old buildings. The walk will also look at some of the local homes and their unique architectural features.

  • Walk leader: Lezley Prokop
  • Date: May 5, 12-1 p.m.
  • Meet at: Seaforth Library Branch, 108 Main St., S., Seaforth
  • Walk accessibility: Municipal street terrain, no hills or stairs. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly

Seaforth (Egmondville)

Colonel Anthony & the Huron Tract: Learn the history of Colonel Van Egmond and the development of the Huron Tract

  • Walk leader: Pat Saundercock
  • Date: May 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: Van Egmond House, 80 Kippen Rd., Egmondville
  • Walk accessibility: Stairs, low lighting. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly

St. Joseph

History of St. Joseph: Explore the story of Narcisse Cantin and his desire to build what became the St. Lawrence Seaway with the plan to have a canal run from Port Stanley to St. Joseph. The instant city. Saint Brother Andre’s visits to the area. Stories will be shared with the use of the model city.

  • Walk leader: Marc and Pauline Cantin
  • Date: May 4, drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Meet at: St. Joseph’s Memorial Park
  • Walk accessibility: Accessibility is good with pathway and even grass area. Family-friendly. Kids encouraged to come along to walk through the model city.

Vanastra

Historical Walking Tour: There are 12 tour sign boards throughout the former RCAF base. The walk follows the streets telling the “then and now” story of the base from its 1941 beginnings. The interaction of tourists reveals so many connections to this county and its military history and the secret of radar. This walk will be presented six times over the weekend.

  • Walk leader: Pamela Stanley or Gary Coursey
  • Date: May 4, 12-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m., or 4-5 p.m.
  • Date: May 5, 12-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m., or 4-5 p.m.
  • Meet at: Vanastra Recreation Centre, 26 Toronto Blvd.
  • Walk accessibility: Property backyard is a bit uneven and may be prohibitive to wheelchairs if it has been raining. 

Wingham

Alice Munro Tour: Explore several places that Alice writes about in her books to give you a brief history of this Nobel Prize Winner and her connection to Wingham.

  • Walk leader: Janna Dodds
  • Date: May 4, 10-11 a.m.
  • Meet at: Wingham Motel, 86512 London Rd.
  • Walk accessibility: Even and uneven terrain. Car needed to follow the leader.

Zurich

The Little Heritage Village of Zurich: Talking points include Hay Township Hall, an original jail for Zurich, Christmas trees at the centre of the village, the musical heritage of the village, and how Zurich Bean Festival continues its traditions.

  • Walk leader: Winona Bailey
  • Date: May 4, 2:30 p.m.
  • Meet at: Hay Township Hall, 10 Victoria Lane, Zurich
  • Walk accessibility: Walking along Highway 84, some sidewalks are uneven. Family-friendly. Pet-friendly.