Markham Butterflyway

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.

About the Markham Butterflyway

In partnership with the City of Markham and Councillor Valerie Burke, the David Suzuki Foundation’s troop of 22 Butterflyway Rangers planted canoe gardens and pollinator patches in schoolyards, parks and gardens throughout the former Town of Thornhill.

The planted sites included city parks, like Pomona Mills Park, Honsberger Field and Royal Orchard Park, plus St. Anthony Catholic School and dozens of backyards and front yards throughout the neighbourhood. The City of Markham generously supported the planting of three canoe gardens during the summer, bringing Markham’s fleet to four, and provided all materials for a large demonstration pollinator garden at the Thornhill Community Centre.

The Rangers hosted a fall celebration in Royal Orchard Park, which included a musical parade, face-painting and native plant give-away.

Special thanks to the Thornhill Horticultural Society, City of Markham staff and Councillor Burke, plus TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for supporting the project.

The full list of Thornhill Butterflyway pollinator patches can be found below and in our interactive map.

  • Pomona Mills Park canoe garden
  • Honsberger canoe garden
  • St. Anthony canoe garden
  • Royal Orchard Park canoe garden
  • German Mills Settlers Park
  • Kirk Drive backyard pollinator gardens
  • Annswell Park
  • Thornhill Village Library
  • Percy Bones Parkette
  • Royal Orchard Park pollinator patch
  • Markham Milkweed Nursery
  • Bayview-York Mills Parkette
  • Thornhill Community Centre Pollinator Garden

Markham Thornhill butterflyway map

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  • Backyard planting in Markham, Ontario.

    A Butterflyway Ranger in Markham, Ontario leads children in planting a backyard pollinator patch.

  • A canoe planter in Markham, Ontario.

    A canoe planter in Markham, Ontario — part of the David Suzuki Foundation's Community Canoe and Butterflyway Projects.

  • Butterflyway demonstration in Markham, Ontario

    Children attentively engage in a Butterflyway demonstration in Markham, Ontario.

  • Canoe planter at Honsberger Field

    Butterflyway Rangers get busy preparing a canoe planter at Honsberger Field in Markham, Ontario.

  • Butterflyway Rangers in a Markham, Ontario parade.

    A Butterflyway Ranger leads a group of children in community parade in Markham, Ontario.

  • Markham Butterflyway Rangers.

    Markham Butterflyway Rangers.

  • Butterflyway Rangers in Royal Orchard Park, Markham, Ontario.

    Butterflyway Rangers surround their newly completed canoe planter in Royal Orchard Park in Markham, Ontario.

  • Pollinator patch at Royal Orchard Park in Markham, Ontario.

    Butterflyway Rangers get busy planting pollinator patches at Royal Orchard Park in Markham, Ontario.

  • Butterflyway Rangers at St Anthony Catholic School in Markham, Ontario.

    Butterflyway Rangers get ready to prepare a canoe planter at St Anthony Catholic School in Markham, Ontario.