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