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Sylvan Lake Archives hosting Jane's Walks this month

The first Jane's Walk this month was held on Saturday, June 1 and the next one will be held on June 23
Town of Sylvan Lake municipal office building.

The Sylvan Lake and District Archives are holding Jane's Walks during the month of June.

The first Jane's Walk for the month took place on  Saturday, June 1, and the next walk is set for June 23. 

The walks are designed to unlock stories of the past as participants stroll from the Municipal Government Building down Lakeshore Drive to the White Frog Cafe.

"Jane Jacobs was a community planner and her claim to fame is that she wanted to create liveable communities and so the whole idea behind Jane's Walk is to introduce the community to their neighbourhood," Archives office manager Christina Lust said. 

"The archives come in because we have put together the materials that our guides will go through with people as we walk around town," she added. 

While Sylvan Lake decided to hold Jane's Walks in June, most communities hold them around the last week of May, community asset Facilitator Mandi Wisheu said. 

"We did our first Jane's Walk last year in June and it was pretty successful." 

Learning about Sylvan Lake's history is usually something many people are interested in, Lust said. 

"Most people are quite excited about the local history and it opens people's eyes up about where the community has been and how it has developed over the years." 

The walk is expected to last around an hour with the leisurely pace that will be set and will have stops where community members will be able to ask questions, Wisheu said. 

"If it is raining the walk will still go on, just remember to bring your umbrella," she added. 

People interested in participating in the Jane's Walk on June 23 can meet the leaders from the Archives and the other people planning on participating at the front (east) entrance of the Municipal Government Building. 

The walk is also entirely free for anybody to come and join.

"We are hoping to see people come out to get a better feel for Sylvan Lake and its history,"  Lust said.  



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