Esquimalt: Learning about the past, walking toward the future  (Jane's Walk)

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:30
Where: Meet at Esquimalt Town Square in front of the new library.
When: May 6, 2023 - 1:00PM to 2:30PM

Sponsored by Walk On, Victoria, the CRD’s pedestrian advocacy group 

Partly a history walk, partly a walk to point out changes that are coming to this neighbourhood as new sidewalks and other features are constructed to improve pedestrian safety. An opportunity to meet neighbours and share stories about the community, past and present, and to talk about walkability in the area. 

Walk route and stops: 

1.    Esquimalt Town Square to Bullen Park. Learn who William Fitzherbert Bullen was and the role he and his family played in what became the British Columbia Marine Railway Company and later Yarrows Ltd. Shipyard. 
2.    Swinford to Kinver, where we’ll re-imagine late 19th century picnics on the lawn at Fleming Beach and learn about the founding of the Macaulay Golf Club in 1893. 
3.    Kinver to Munro and past Plaskett Place (formerly Armit Road), where Dr. John Stanley Plaskett, who helped design and build instruments for the Dominion Observatory, lived. On Munro we’ll view an example of the Beaux Art home named Stonehenge, designed in 1909 by architect P. Leonard James and designated a heritage home in 1998. 
4.    From Munro we’ll walk to Fraser Street and to Saxe Point Park, observing historical landmarks along the way and discussing historical figures who played key roles in building early Esquimalt. 
5.    Return to Esquimalt Town Square, where the walk began. 

Accessibility: Curbs and ramps, Sidewalks, some busy or noisy vehicle traffic, but mostly a quiet route.

People of all ages welcome. People with bicycles welcome. People with wheelchairs or walking aids welcome. Friendly dogs on leashes also welcome. This is a free event.

Saturday, May 6, 2023 - 13:00 to 14:30