Explore 18th century walls, Chinese history in Halifax with guided walks  

Albert Lee

Albert Lee

Jane's Walk Halifax is presenting guided walks throughout the city this weekend, including two with Saint Mary’s University connections.

Well-known local photographer Albert Lee will celebrate Asian Heritage Month tomorrow (Saturday, May 4) with his tour of highlights from 130 years of Chinese-Canadian history in Halifax. Albert is a research associate with the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies.

On Albert's Wok N Talk, he’ll dish out many untold stories of early Chinese cafés, laundries and other businesses in downtown Halifax locations. Mandarin interpretation will be provided.

All are welcome to join his walk by meeting at 12:30 pm at the corner of Sackville and Brunswick Streets.

The tour winds up by 2:00 pm at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where Albert will give a presentation titled "Early Chinese History in the Maritimes." He developed the presentation as part of a project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, through education funds from the Head Tax Redress. For more information, see Albert’s Wok N Talk on Facebook. Rain date: Saturday, May 11, 12:30-2:00 pm.

David Jones BA’14

David Jones BA’14

On Sunday, join SMU graduate David Jones (BA '14, Anthropology and History) for the Halifax Town Wall Walking Tour, which will highlight the original palisade (wooden wall) and corner forts of downtown Halifax. This walk runs from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, rain or shine, and includes hilly terrain. Meet at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Spring Garden Road.

For more details, see the Halifax Town Wall Walking Tour on Facebook, and this April 30 coverage on CTV Atlantic, Discovering the secret city from the 1700s under Halifax.

A member of the Board of Directors for both the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, David is a passionate advocate for history, archaeology and community. Follow him on Twitter at @DJonesDartmouth for updates on his future walking tours and presentations.

Jane’s Walk is a festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), a writer and advocate who championed the voices of everyday people in urban planning. Held on the first weekend of May, this annual celebration of people and cities began in Toronto in 2007 and has grown to more than 500 walks around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to swap stories and discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

 See Jane's Walk Halifax on Facebook for details on all nine walks happening this weekend in Halifax and Dartmouth.

 — Marla Cranston, Faculty of Arts