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Walking as Remapping: A Golden/Gone Guelph Walk with Jenny Mitchell

Led by local story collector and advocate, Jenny Mitchell, this walk will meander through the stories and memories of Guelph.
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location Downtown Guelph
Price Free

What stories do places hold? How does each story of a place shape its form, in both our memories and physicality? How do you know when you’re “downtown”? How gone does a place have to be, to really be gone? Led by local story collector and advocate, Jenny Mitchell, this walk will meander through some of the stories and memories of Guelph that Mitchell has gathered during her years growing up downtown, and her career recording the city’s oral history.

In what might be described as a kind of collective “choose your own adventure” experience, this walk explores and excavates memories that shape the heart of Guelph’s city centre and downtown landscape, and will spend time considering our relationship with spaces after the doors have closed or the sign is gone. Participants are invited to share their own stories both fresh and filled with nostalgia, or simply take in those of others, all meant to guide the walk from one memorable downtown landmark to another. This walk is geared towards adults and teens, though all are welcome.


  • This walk takes place in downtown Guelph, traveling over mostly paved areas, though some may be uneven. There will be some hills and inclines, but no stairs, naturally landscaped or unmaintained terrain.
  • The walk will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes, and bring water if needed.
  • We will cover around 2 km, which will likely take around 1.5 hours, but no more than 2 hours. There will be stops for discussions and breaks throughout, including locations where washroom facilities are available.
  • If there is severe inclement weather on the date of the walk, we will let participants know as soon as possible, with Wednesday, July 26 as a rescheduling date.
  • Registrants will receive an email closer to the date with the specific meeting location for the walk. If you have any questions or concerns please contact
  • Please note that discussions are geared towards adults and teenagers; however, children are welcome with their caregiver.

Facilitator Bio

Jenny Mitchell

With a knack for unfurling community narratives, Mitchell is a Guelph-based multi-disciplinary artist specializing in drawing, silkscreening, and storytelling, and is currently the Mobile Studio Coordinator of CFRU. She was the City of Guelph Artist in Residence in 2020 behind #GoldenGuelph, and has created over 40 visual tributes to Guelph’s past through her ongoing project Gone Guelph.

a collage of blue, purple, red, yellow, and beige drawings of iconic Guelph locations, with a line portrait of Jenny Mitchell and four repeating images of a church overlaid on top

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