Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change, development and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.
This map includes communities where Butterflyway Rangers were trained in 2020.
About the Butterflyway Project
The Butterflyway Project is a volunteer-led movement that’s bringing nature home to neighbourhoods throughout Canada, one butterfly-friendly planting at a time.
The Butterflyway Project began in five Canadian cities in 2017. We recruited a team of volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in each. Their mission was to plant native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks to support bees and butterflies. The goal was to establish local “Butterflyways” by planting at least a dozen pollinator patches in each neighbourhood or community.
Over the past four years, we’ve recruited and trained 1,008 Butterflyway Rangers from over 100 communities. They’ve connected with neighbours, schools, city agencies, businesses and community groups. To date, they’ve helped:
- Get 54,000 butterfly-friendly wildflowers into the ground.
- Create 1000+ pollinator patches.
- Establish official Butterflyways in 15 communities.
The Butterflyway Project shows that a small group of residents can make a big difference. Rangers make their communities greener and healthier. They create opportunities, connect people and champion fun ideas. Check out some of their stories below to get inspired!
The Butterflyway Project is based on our Homegrown National Park Project, an award-winning initiative project that created butterfly-friendly corridors in three Toronto neighbourhoods. In 2020, the Butterflyway Project received the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2020 Nature Inspiration Award!
Butterflyway Ranger Programs
Butterflyway Ranger Program
In January 2021, we will be looking for awesome community builders, nature lovers, re-wilders, schemers, and dreamers from communities across Canada to become our 2021 Butterflyway Rangers.Learn More
British Columbia Butterflyways
District of North Vancouver
Butterflyway Rangers in the District of North Vancouver have planted butterfly-friendly gardens in yards, schools and laneways throughout the community since 2018.Learn more
The keen team of Butterflyway Rangers in Richmond has planted over 100 pollinator patches throughout the city over the past four years.Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in Vancouver have planted more than 175 pollinator patches since joining the project in 2019.Learn more
Rangers in Markham established a Butterflyway through the former Town of Thornhill in 2017. In following years, Markham residents continued the momentum, establishing a dozen canoe gardens and more.Learn more
More than 200 households in the City of Richmond Hill joined the Butterflyway Project over the past two years by planting pollinator patches in their yards.Learn more
The Guildwood Butterflyway continued to blossom in 2020 distributing hundreds of wildflowers and inspiring two other Scarborough neighbourhoods to join the Butterflyway Project.Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto's east end created Canada’s first Butterflyway in the Beaches! They planted more than 40 pollinator patches in 2017.Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto’s Cedarvale-Humewood neighbourhood planted pollinator patches in a dozen schoolyards, yards and parks in 2017. They built on past neighbourhood plantings created through the Homegrown National Park Project.Learn more