District of 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.

About the District of North Vancouver Butterflyway

The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that is growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies through neighbourhoods in communities across Canada.

The District of North Vancouver is one of the most scenic municipalities in Metro Vancouver. An abundance of natural beauty and wildlife makes it a great addition to the participating Butterflyway Project cities that were brought on in 2018.

The District of North Vancouver manages over 3000 hectares of parkland, greenways, and open spaces. Connecting the wilderness forests to the many beautifully-maintained gardens in the urban areas will create a natural pathway to support important and beneficial species of butterflies and wild bees.

 

How did the District of North Vancouver come on-board?

If the Butterflyway Project is about helping wild pollinators, our experience in 2017 helped us realize that when we bring passionate Rangers together, cross-pollination is bound to happen. This is how the District of North Vancouver joined for our 2018 season.  

Joanne Bengert became a Richmond Butterflyway Ranger last year, signing up her son’s school, the Choice School in Richmond, to build and plant pollinator patches for butterflies and wild bees. The family lives on the North Shore. Joanne was so inspired by the work in Richmond that she contacted the District of North Vancouver. The rest, as we say, is history.

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  • Butterflyway Ranger training at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

    Residents of the District of North Vancouver gather at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre for Butterflyway Ranger training. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)

  • Food security workshop for Butterflyway Rangers

    Richmond Food Security Society’s Chef Ian Lai brings his passion and knowledge in food and pollinators to the Butterflyway Ranger training in North Vancouver. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)

  • Butterflyway Ranger training at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

    Organic plant expert Gary Lewis from Phoenix Perennials nursery teaches the new Butterflyway Rangers about butterfly-friendly plants. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)

  • Pollinator-friendly plants

    Two butterfly-friendly plants, Mukdenia rossii (crimson fans) and Doronicum caucasicum (leopard's bane) from Pheonix Perennials. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)

  • Pollinator-friendly plants

    Valeriana sitchensis (Sitka valerian) is butterfly-friendly and native to British Columbia. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)

  • Pollinator-friendly plants

    Vaccinium ovatum (evergreen huckleberry) is another butterfly-friendly plant native to B.C. (Photo: Winnie Hwo)