About the Butterflyway Project
A butterflyway is a neighbourhood-scale corridor of habitat for butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that is bringing nature home to neighbourhoods throughout Canada, one butterfly-friendly planting at a time.
The project began in 2017 in the cities of Markham, Montreal, Richmond, Toronto and Victoria. In each community, we recruited a team of volunteers, called Butterflyway Rangers. The David Suzuki Foundation trained local Rangers, who then returned to their neighbourhoods with a mission to plant networks of native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks.
To establish a local butterflyway, each troop of Rangers must plant at least a dozen pollinator patches in their neighbourhood. The David Suzuki Foundation will formally recognize each successfully established butterflyway through signage and inclusion on our website and maps.
In 2017, troops of Butterflyway Rangers connected with local schools, city agencies and homeowners, planting thousands of wildflowers in hundreds of pollinator patches, establishing official butterflyways in all five cities! Find out more about each butterflyway below.
This year, we have recruited new Rangers in North Vancouver, Richmond, Scarborough (Guildwood) and Toronto (Leslieville). We are still recruiting new Rangers in Markham and are expanding our team in Montreal through L’effet Papillon. To apply to become a Butterflyway Ranger, click on your city below.
If you do not live in one of the current butterflyway communities, check out the resources at the bottom of this page to find out how you can bring butterflies home to your neighbourhood, one fun planting at a time.
The Butterflyway Project is based on the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project, which began in 2013. The award-winning, citizen-led project created butterfly-friendly corridors in three Toronto neighbourhoods, establishing dozens of pollinator patches in parks, front yard rain gardens and schoolyard canoe planters.
Grow a pollinator haven
Imagine your yard or balcony garden in full bloom, alive with fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees. Now make that vision a reality. Buy wildflower seeds to support the Butterflyway Project.
Last year, Rangers in Markham established a butterflyway through the former Town of Thornhill. This year, we are recruiting residents to create another butterflyway in Markham’s Ward 5.Learn more
North Vancouver Butterflyway
Residents of the District of North Vancouver are creating a butterflyway in and around the Seymour, Lynn Creek and Deep Cove neighbourhoods. Find out how!Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in the City of Richmond, B.C., have planted a network of almost two dozen new butterfly-friendly gardens in schoolyards, city, neighbourhood parks and private homes. Further plantings are still underway.Learn more
Scarborough Guildwood Butterflyway
Residents of Scarborough have come together to create a butterflyway in the Guildwood neighbourhood.Learn more
Toronto Beaches Butterflyway
The troop of Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto's east end planted more than 40 pollinator patches in the Beaches and Leslieville neighbourhoods, making it the first butterflyway in Canada.Learn more
Toronto Cedarvale Butterflyway
Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto’s Cedarvale-Humewood neighbourhood have planted pollinator patches in a dozen schoolyards, yards and parks — building on past plantings in the neighbourhood created through the Homegrown National Park Project.Learn more
Toronto Leslieville Butterflyway
Canada’s first official Butterflyway was established in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood. Now, residents in neighbouring Leslieville are expanding on those initial plantings to create their own butterflyway.Learn more
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