Toronto Leslieville Butterflyway

Canada’s first official Butterflyway was established in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood in 2017, and now, residents in neighbouring Leslieville will aim to create their own butterflyway in 2018.

About the Toronto Leslieville 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 David Suzuki Foundation will recruit volunteers from Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood in 2018 to become Butterflyway Rangers. The Rangers will learn about bees, butterflies and wildflowers and will return to their neighbourhood with a mission: to establish a neighbourhood butterflyway with at least a dozen pollinator patches this summer.

In 2017, the David Suzuki Foundation recruited 14 east end residents to help establish a butterflyway through the Beaches neighbourhood. The team of 14 Butterflyway Rangers participated in events, and connected with local groups and businesses like the Beaches Garden Society, Woodgreen, Ed’s Real Scoop and several schools and daycares. They even recruited a second troop of Rangers, with help from Coun. Mary Margaret McMahon.

By the end of the summer, more than 20 pollinator patches were established and the Beaches became Canada’s first official butterflyway!

This year, the project is shifting next door, to Leslieville. During March, we are looking for volunteers from Leslieville who will become our next troop of Butterflyway Rangers.

Introductory Ranger training will take place in on April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Matty Eckler Recreation Centre (953 Gerrard Street East). Participants will learn about local bees, butterflies and wildflowers. They will learn about community organizing, including tips on how to fundraise, host events and establish plantings at schools and parks.

Rangers will be expected to volunteer at least four hours per month, from May to September. Each participant will receive a Ranger T-shirt, plus support and guidance (and lots of high fives!) from David Suzuki Foundation staff. There is no cost for participating in the Butterflyway Ranger program.

To apply to become a Leslieville Ranger, please fill out the application form below.

Apply to become a 2018 Butterflyway Ranger in Toronto Leslieville

Grow a pollinator haven

Imagine your yard or balcony garden in full bloom, alive with fluttering butterflies and buzzing bees. Now make that vision a reality. Buy wildflower seeds to support the Butterflyway Project.

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