About the Butterflyway Project
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that’s bringing nature home to neighbourhoods throughout Canada, one butterfly-friendly planting at a time.
The Butterflyway Project began in five cities in 2017. We recruited a team of volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in each community. Their mission: to plant networks of native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks.
To establish a Butterflyway, Rangers must plant at least a dozen pollinator patches in their neighbourhood. Each Butterflyway gets an official sign and recognition on our website and maps.
In the past two years, Butterflyway Rangers connected with local schools, city agencies and homeowners. They planted thousands of wildflowers in hundreds of pollinator patches, establishing Butterflyways in nine neighbourhoods and cities!
In 2019, we are bringing Butterflyway joy to new neighbourhoods, recruiting new Rangers in B.C. and Quebec and re-engaging past Rangers in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Butterflyway Project shows that a small group of residents can make a big difference for bees and butterflies. Check out the stories below to get inspired!
If you don’t live in a current Butterflyway community, the resource list below will help you find out how you can bring butterflies home to your neighbourhood, one fun planting at a time.
The Butterflyway Project is based on our Homegrown National Park Project, which began in 2013. That award-winning, citizen-led project created butterfly-friendly corridors in three Toronto neighbourhoods. It established dozens of pollinator patches in parks, front yard rain gardens and schoolyard canoe planters.
British Columbia Butterflyways
North Vancouver Butterflyway
District of North Vancouver residents turned 25 neighbourhoods into a Butterflyway this summer, including plantings at Gerry’s Garden and a Windsor Park Butterflyway Lane.Learn more
Rangers planted school grounds and yards, adopted a neighbourhood park and roundabout, named three Butterflyway Schools and, with the help of the Richmond Garden Club, created the Paulik Park patch.Learn more
We’re thrilled to be creating a north-south pollinator corridor with the addition of a Butterflyway in Vancouver — a city filled with neighbourhood gardens and parks.Learn more
In 2017, Rangers in Markham established a Butterflyway through the former Town of Thornhill. In 2018, they grew their fleet of Butterflyway canoe gardens to 11!Learn more
Scarborough Guildwood Butterflyway
Scarborough residents planted more than 30 pollinator patches to establish a Butterflyway in the Guildwood neighbourhood.Learn more
Toronto Beaches Butterflyway
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
Toronto Cedarvale Butterflyway
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