Walking Chief Pinesi’s Portage

Summer 2020

“Jane’s Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other.  Jane’s Walk bridges social and geographic gaps and creates a space for cities to discover themselves.  The walks are given by local people who care passionately about where they live, work, and play. Jane’s Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.”

Jane’s Walk

In 2020, Jane’s Walk compiled a series of virtual experiences to help people reach out, stay connected, maintain a sense of place – one featured Chief Pinesi’s Portage!

This virtual walk through Rockcliffe Park and the nearby neighbourhood follows the route of a traditional Indigenous portage between the Ottawa River and the Rideau River. The walk is hosted by Peter Stockdale, John Savage, and Max Finkelstein, who are collaborating on Kichi Sibi Trails. Kichi Sibi Trails revitalizes indigenous trails and portages in eastern Ontario and western Quebec and raises awareness of the deep history of indigenous peoples, lands, and waters in Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.