Culture Walks

Cathedrale_st-jerome_pour_Wikipedia_Yvan_Leduc_auteur_5_aout_09Looking for more ways to boost your memory power? Well, if walking can help prevent memory loss as noted in the previous post, imagine what walking and learning at the same time will do.

Many communities provide initiatives that combine walking and culture. For example, in Ville de Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, “The Capital of the Laurentians,”  a city of some 60,000 people about 50 km north of Montreal, a series of descriptive panels are placed throughout the downtown area describing the settlement and growth of the community and region.

Following the panels will take you on a very pleasant walk along the gurgling rapids of Rivière-du-Nord, past trendy shops, bars and restaurants in the City’s core and introduce you to a variety of museums and cultural attractions. The walk can be as long or short as you want, from one to five kilometers or more, with plenty of places to stop, rest and enjoy the surroundings.

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In London, Ontario, Museum London organizes a popular “Walking Tours and History” program that has been running since 2010. Each Saturday starting July 9 to August 27, a walking tour is organized with a different theme: “Murals,” “The River Walk,” “From Castles to Cottages,” “Monuments and Memorials,” “Public Art,” “Forest City Modern,” and “Unsettling the Thames .” Two tours are available each Saturday, one at 10:30-12:00, the other from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Tours cost $5 per person with a limit of 20 people and reservations are required. The tours are popular, so book early.

Heart-of-London-2 If you can’t get a spot, no worries. There is a “Heart of Walking in Downtown London” app offered through Tourism London that you can download to your smartphone and points out all the historic and cultural highlights of the area. You could also tour the Museum or participate in one of it’s many other activities.

Check for cultural tours in your own community or one nearby. You may be surprised by the wide variety of activities available and how much fun you can have. At minimum you’ll give your body, and brain, a much appreciated boost.

Are there any interesting cultural walks in your community? Please let us know.

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