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This past weekend was the annual Jane’s Walk and I checked out two of the walks/talks here in Ottawa.

Saturday I ventured over to the Hidden Bronson: Bicycles, cafés, and violins walk, led by Carl Stieren and Caroline Brown. Bronson is a noisy unappealing street and not what you think of as a liveable, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood, although, I was pleasantly surprised by the neighbourhood feel of the side streets. As soon as I stepped off the bus I noticed a group of people preparing the soil for a community garden. We started by the True Loaf Bread Company on Gladstone. This “strip” mall is home to a few food businesses including an Ethiopian restaurant which I can’t recall the name of; however, the owner graciously provided us with a free, absolutely delicious, snack to start our walk. I haven’t had Ethiopian food in a while and truly enjoyed it! This is a low rent area and the walk highlighted the small business community economic development initiatives in this area.

Sunday I headed downtown for a walk and talk about Ottawa’s Building and Monument Stones, led by Quentin Gall. Quentin is a university lecturer, author, and member of the Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Committee. Large public buildings and monuments seem far removed from the essence of a Jane Jacob’s neighbourhood; nonetheless, this is a highly interesting part of town and the tour was fascinating. From the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill to City Hall, we heard about minerals, fossils, geological periods and the diversity of the sandstone, limestone, granite, etc. that was used in the construction of these amazing buildings, monuments and the canal.

It was an opportunity to learn about and explore more aspects of my new city. I was a little disappointed that the actual walking didn’t cover as much ground as the walks I went on last year in Guelph. The Ottawa walks had higher attendance and more traffic to contend with, although, I don’t know whether this was a planning factor.

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Pretty bike

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this bike outside the Red Brick Cafe.

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