Walk This Way…Walk West Bay
Esquimalt is a place of historic neighbourhoods. Rich in heritage, each of our community’s neighbourhoods plays a distinct part in the story of Esquimalt. Esquimalt Residents Association Director Charles Lavoie shares his recent experience of a walking tour of our beloved West Bay.
Walking West Bay by Charles Lavoie on behalf of the Esquimalt Residents Association
On May 2, members of the Esquimalt Arts, Culture and Special Events Advisory Committee were joined by about 20 members of the public in the first ever Jane’s Walk Esquimalt. The walk was held in the West Bay area and took a circular route through the neighbourhood, including part of the West Bay walkway and the Matson conservation area. Walkers were met along route by a variety of speakers, including the owners of Captain Jacobsen’s house, Across the Harbour B&B, a person living on a boat, a float home resident, local artist and gardener, and local historian.
Jane’s walks are a world wide phenomenon occurring the first weekend in May of each year. See: www.janeswalk.net for more information. They honour the ideas and legacy of urbanist and author Jane Jacobs. A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input about how their neighbourhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work and play.
The organizers of this year’s event received praise from all who attended, and look forward to hosting next year’s Jane’s Walk in another fascinating Esquimalt neighbourhood.