About the Butterflyway Project
A butterflyway is a neighbourhood-scale corridor of habitat for butterflies, bees and beneficial bugs.
The David Suzuki Foundation’s 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 spring 2017 in the cities of Markham, Montreal, Richmond, Toronto (in the Beaches and Cedarvale neighbourhoods) and Victoria. In each community we recruited a team of volunteers, called Butterflyway Rangers. These local Rangers were trained by the David Suzuki Foundation and were sent back 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. Each successfully established butterflyway will formally be recognized by the David Suzuki Foundation through signage and inclusion in our website and maps.
In 2017, the 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.
In 2018, the Butterflyway Project will continue in select neighbourhoods in Toronto (Leslieville and Guildwood), Markham (Swan Lake), Vancouver and Victoria. In each neighbourhood, Butterflyway Rangers will be recruited starting in March.
In Montreal, the project will continue through the L’Effet Papillon program, which will begin recruiting 40 new Patrouille Papillon in February 2018.
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.
Check out the butterflyways
In 2017, the David Suzuki Foundation's troop of Markham Butterflyway Rangers planted more than a dozen canoe gardens and pollinator patches in schoolyards, parks and gardens throughout the former Town of Thornhill.Learn more
In Montreal, the Butterflyway Project continues through the L’Effet Papillon program, which will begin recruiting 40 new Patrouille Papillon in February 2018.Visit L’Effet Papillon
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
In 2017, the Cedarvale Butterflyway Rangers 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
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.Learn more
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