Name: Hannah, Leo, & Abby with Sandra MacPherson
Date: May 05, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Duration: 2.0 hr
Language: English
Start: 43 Blackburn St. at Osgoode
End: Strathcona Park
Area: Sandy Hill
Distance: 1.5 km

The route follows city sidewalks and paved pathways.   Younger children may tire easily, so having a stroller available is recommended.

Little Flâneurs



Photo:   The walk leaders (and one marshal, Ed, on the horse), looking forward to the walk.

Join us for a stroll through Sandy Hill where little "flâneurs" are our guides. Flâneur is a nineteenth-century French term for an urban stroller and observer of city life. We will meander from the street to the park, stopping to observe what has taken the fancy of our neighbourhood children along the route. Bring a camera if you like, and see what your child finds interesting.

Since a flâneur may also be an artist inspired by his or her urban environment, we will end the walk with an art activity with the help of Bettye Hyde Co-operative Nursery School teachers. Here little flâneurs can paint their expressions of the walk or simply play! Ideal for JK to Grade 4.

Please Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.


We will start at 43 Blackburn Street at the corner of Osgoode, the future location of the Bettye Hyde Co-op Nursery School. We’ll wander south toward Range Road, ending in Strathcona Park.

A map of the route is available here.


The children leading this walk are from the Bettye Hyde Co-op Nursery School, and are eager to share their experience of their neighbourhood.

Sandra MacPherson has partnered with the children and teachers at the school for this walk. She is a PhD candidate studying literary conceptions of flânerie. She wants to share her interest in urban walking with children and especially her daughter, who is one of the guides.