About the Toronto Leslieville Butterflyway
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.
In 2017, the David Suzuki Foundation recruited 14 east end residents to help establish a Butterflyway through the Beaches neighbourhood. The Butterflyway Rangers participated in events and connected with local groups and businesses like the Beaches Garden Society, Woodgreen and several schools and daycares. They even recruited a second troop of Rangers, with help from Coun. Mary Margaret McMahon. In the end, more than 20 pollinator patches were established and the Beaches became Canada’s first official Butterflyway!
In 2018, the project expanded to Leslieville, where two dozen volunteers based in Leslieville were recruited. These new Rangers learned about bees, butterflies and wildflowers, and about community organizing, including tips on how to fundraise, host events and establish plantings at schools and parks. They returned to their neighbourhood with a mission: to establish a neighbourhood Butterflyway with at least a dozen pollinator patches.
The Rangers participated in fun events in the neighbourhood and planted pollinator patches in 19 more locations, from front yard gardens and street planters to laneways and schoolyards. Below is a map highlighting the pollinator patches planted in Leslieville and a few of the highlights from the past year.
Toronto Leslieville Butterflyway locations
Use this interactive map to explore the locations of butterfly-friendly pollinator patches that volunteer Butterflyway Rangers established in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood with the support of local residents, groups, schools, city officials and Foundation staff.