Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner July 3, 2019
You can’t always see Jackson Creek, but this Jane’s Walk tour follows its route.
There's nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon stroll with a knowledgeable guide through downtown Peterborough, following Jackson Creek.
It was taken in June with an affable group of Peterburians at a leisurely pace, but the learning was rapid. Peering down storm drains, we walked northwest from the Chamber of Commerce building, across Sherbrooke Street and the parking lot of UNIFOR and CUPE, all the while either rejoicing at the open nature of the creek with its bubbling rush of cool-looking water, or lamenting the intrusion of so much concrete that covered it.
I didn't know that our city is on a drumlin (a hill formed by glaciers 10,000 years ago) sloping to the east into the Otonabee River and to the west to Jackson Creek, We are living in a watershed that has not been sufficiently respected. It now poses a challenge to environmental leadership, to our quality of life and to our access to natural features, which so enhances mental health.
I can quite imagine school trips along this route any June or September day. It's an ideal case-study for critical thinking. We have had a love affair with concrete over the past 50 years, and the private car has been given pride of place, so that now parking for vehicles is dominant in our (un)thinking.