District of North Vancouver Butterflyway

Residents of the District of North Vancouver created a butterflyway in six neighbourhoods this summer.

About the District of North Vancouver Butterflyway

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

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 the 2018 season.

Joanne Bengert became a Richmond Butterflyway Ranger in 2017, 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.

Twenty DNV residents were recruited to become Butterflyway Rangers in 2018. Not only did they plant over two dozen Butterflyway patches, they also connected with each other to build a strong and vibrant community that is ready to take on even more plantings and community engagement to help our butterflies and wild pollinators next year.

The DNV Rangers volunteered in community gardens and planted wildflowers at a  local food garden (Loutet Farm). They worked alongside Gerry McPherson, a 98-year-old who established a garden in honour of a son he lost to cancer. Gerry and the Rangers paraded with butterfly wings in the Valley Parade and established a Butterflyway Lane in the Windsor Park neighbourhood.

District of North Vancouver butterflyway map

District of North Vancouver Butterflyway locations

Use this interactive map to explore the locations of butterfly-friendly pollinator patches that volunteer Butterflyway Rangers established in the District of North Vancouver with the support of local residents, groups, schools, city officials and Foundation staff.

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  • Blueridge Good Neighour Day parade

    Butterflyway Rangers take part in the Blueridge Good Neighbour Day parade in North Vancouver.

  • 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)