RVHS Presents: Roncesvalles Village Jane’s Walk & More



On this guided walk of Roncesvalles Avenue, author Andrew J. Borkowski visits sites that inspired scenes, stories, and characters from his acclaimed 2011 short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, capturing the experience of Polish refugees and their descendants who settled in the area following WWII. Animators from the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society explore the legacy of John Howard, offer tales of the notorious Boyd Gang, and explain how a street in British North America came to be named after a remote gorge in northern Spain.


Who: Andrew J. Borkowski, Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, Councillor Gord Perks

Time: Sunday May 6 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Walk begins at Roncesvalles & Hewitt Ave (one block north of Roncesvalles & Howard Park Ave.)

For more information see the poster above or visit: Roncesvalles Jane\’s Walk Info



There are also other great Jane’s Walk event occurring in and around Ward 14.  The include:


  • Core Participants Take Parkdale

Who: The participants of ‘Centre for Opportunities, Resect and Empowerment’ celebrating community and healthy living

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 am to 12 pm

Where: Walk begins at 160 Springhurst Ave. (outside of the front door)

More information: CORE Participants Take Parkdale!


  • Momos and Moo-Moos: How Food Has Shaped Parkdale

Who: Ayal Dinner from the West End Food Co op and Sorauren Farmer’s Market and Chris Winter from the Conservation Council of Ontario on a culinary tour

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Walk begins at Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen West and Gwynne

More Information: Momos And Moo-Moos How Food Has Shaped Parkdale


  • High Park Habitats

Who: The High Park Nature Centre explores the habitats of High Park

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Where: Walk Begins at 440 Parkside Drive

More Information: High Park habitats


  • Liberty Village – Change is Good?

Who: Join Jaymz Bee for a one-hour stroll around Liberty Village

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Walk begins at 8 Pardee Avenue

More Information: Liberty Village Change is Good


For a full list of guides and Jane’s Walk events happening throughout Toronto please see: Toronto Jane\’s Walk List
“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…
All Jane’s Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighbourhoods where they live, work or hang out. They are not always about architecture and heritage, and offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighbourhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaged and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it… 

And so, in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, you are encouraged to ‘get out and walk’, to talk about your neighbourhood, and get to know your neighbours.”


For more information on Jane’s Walk and tips for walkers please see: Jane\’s Walk