The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH) is an ecological restoration project that provides critical habitat for a variety of native butterfly species. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto’s west end, HBBH incorporates a diversity of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, hedges and a variety of physical features known to support butterflies throughout their life cycles. Interpretive features explore the relationship between butterflies and their natural habitat. The goal of the HBBH is to establish a self-sustaining native plant community which will support a variety of butterfly species, while educating park users about the value of urban conservation.
HBBH is wheelchair accessible as are the washrooms located adjacent to the park. There is ample free parking located adjacent to the park. Dogs are allowed, but must be on leash at all times.
The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat is just one of the many nature trails and hiking trails you can find throughout Ontario by using the search features of OntarioNaturetrails.comRegion(s): Toronto
Nearby towns and cities: Toronto - Etobicoke
Trail feature tags: Interpretive signage | nature trail
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat characteristicsLength: Length of trails not known
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Crushed limestone
Trail use: Hiking
Flora & Fauna:
A large variety of native butterfly species will inhabit HBBH during the months of April to mid October. While we do not stock the park with butterflies, we can suggest the best weather conditions to see butterflies in action. It is best to visit when it is not too hot, windy or raining. For example, in the summer months, early morning or early evening (as opposed to mid-day when it is the hottest) would increase your chances to see butterflies. For monarch butterflies, the first three weeks in September (late summer to early fall) is a good time to visit the garden to see a large group of monarch butterflies. At this time of the year the monarchs ‘stage’ in large numbers as they prepare for their winter migration to central Mexico.
Attractions: Interpretive signage
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation 416-338-5058
Find it: In Humber Bay Park East, base of Park Lawn Road, south of Lake Shore Boulevard West.
GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):