Jane’s Walk, James Bay, Marmots, etc.

What follows is a posting I wrote for urbanecology.ca.

UPDATE: Mashall the Marmot apparently is STILL in residence on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress. See https://twitter.com/#!/MarshallMarmot for updates.

Val Schaefer of urbanecology.ca and & I had lots of fun doing our Jane’s Walk around James Bay Saturday, May 7. AND we only went over one hour (we went 3 hours instead of 2)–woot! Thanks to everybody who came along for sharing your time, stories and love of the James Bay neighbourhood with us today!

The Google Map created for the walk is here: http://bit.ly/jqsUUa . I hope that people can somehow attach photos to the different spots but at this point I’m not too sure how that’s done…

Here are some of Val’s photos (click on any one to go into single-photo-with-caption mode):

Join us Saturday for Jane’s Walk-James Bay

Harbour Seal
Harbour Seal preparing for Saturday's James Bay Jane's Walk

Feeling pumped after doing a dry run of the Jane’s Walk we’re giving around James Bay (the one in Victoria #yyj that is) this Saturday morning. Join us and share your stories. Bring your brollies and maybe even your gumboots as it may not be so dry on Saturday.

Gotta love Jane Jacobs–this is from the janeswalk.net website:

Jane’s Walk Vision
Walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, cities planned for and by people.

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk has expanded rapidly. In May of 2010, 424 walks were held in 68 cities in nine countries.


Whosaykum to Ogden Point: James Bay Secrets
Guided by Val Schaefer & Anny Schaefer of urbanecology.ca

Saturday, May 7, 2011, 10:00 am – noon
Meeting Place: Fisherman’s Wharf sign, Michigan at St Lawrence St, Victoria, BC
End Location: Ogden Point Cafe by the Breakwater

Even minutes from downtown Victoria, you can discover nature—and human nature—in the city. James Bay offers an incredible cross-section of natural history, history and community. Visit the seals at FIsherman’s Wharf, discover Victoria’s rich inner harbour, learn about First Nations’ management of the area of Whosaykum, pay homage to Emily Carr’s birthplace and explore marine life visible from the top of Ogden Point Breakwater. It’s all in James Bay! Copies of the leaders’ book on the Breakwater will be available at a special price to participants.