With the help of Markham’s Canada 150 Neighbourhood Grant program, St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial with a pollinator conservation project.
On Tuesday, June 20, over 200 students created a native species pollinator garden inside of a very Canadian icon, a red canoe, as part of the “Butterflyway Project.”
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led establishment of pollinator patches in Markham, Toronto, Montreal, Victoria, and Richmond, where old canoes are filled with soil, native wildflowers and shrubs that feed local bees and butterflies. St. Anthony CES is proud to be a part of this national initiative to protect pollinators. The canoe planter is the first of four created in Markham.