District of North Vancouver Butterflyway

District of North Vancouver residents turned 25 neighbourhoods into a Butterflyway this summer, including plantings at Gerry’s Garden and a Windsor Park Butterflyway Lane.

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. The Rangers also paraded with butterfly wings in the Lynn Valley Days parade and established a Butterflyway Lane in the Windsor Park neighbourhood.


District of North Vancouver butterflyway map

2019 Butterflyway Ranger activities

Wild pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds are crucial to human survival. Climate change and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The national Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.

This year, District of North Vancouver Butterflyway Rangers will join Richmond and Vancouver Rangers to:

  • Plant pollinator-friendly native wildflowers in and around their properties and neighbourhoods
  • Encourage friends, neighbours and school communities to do the same
  • Help build municipal- and neighbourhood-scale highways of pollinator habitat
  • As citizen scientists, identify prevalent butterfly species and the locations they frequent

We look forward to working with our passionate new Rangers to make a real difference for critical species humans depend on for food and well-being every day.

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)