Current Bee CitiesWe thank all Bee Cities for their commitment to protecting pollinators and their habitats.
Toronto has one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada.
In keeping with its efforts to help protect pollinators, City Council has approved Toronto’s participation in the Bee City program. As the first Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Toronto will help raise the profile of the pollinator protection movement in Canada.
Chestermere is designated Western Canada’s first Bee City.
The City of Chestermere, Alberta, is buzzing with excitement after becoming Western Canada’s first Bee City and the second in Canada. The city is taking action to fight against declines in pollinator populations and hopes to inspire other communities to join them in becoming Bee Cities!
Learn more about what the city is doing to protect pollinators by visiting Chestermere’s Bee City web page.
Kamloops Declared First Bee City in British Columbia
The motion was brought forward to Kamloops City Council by Lisa Strachan with Tourism Kamloops and supported by Glenn Grant, the executive director of the B.C. Wildlife Park and co-chair of Communities in Bloom. As the second Western Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Kamloops has created a lot of excitement with neighbouring communities and has already brought creative, fresh ideas to the program.
T’it’q’et is the first First Nation to join the Bee City family and the second community in British Columbia!
Located along the Fraser River, the community of the P’egp’ig’lha People have already brought great wisdom to Bee City. As a requirement of adopting the resolutions they have determined that youth members must be part of their Bee City team and, in fact, they are leading the charge.
Stratford is our second Ontario Bee City!
It is no surprise to us that Ethan Elliott has been able to convince his hometown of Stratford to adopt pollinator protection resolutions, he is a very persuasive young man!
There are so many fabulous places of connection here in Stratford, with the arts and theatre, agriculture and Communities in Bloom all coming together to make a beautiful destination to explore Nature.
Thanks Ethan! So excited about your visions for youth led mentorship.
Bienvenue Ville d’abeilles Campbellton, our first East Coast member of the family! Local garden writer Bob Ewing and the Campbellton Bee City team are creating a “buzz” in this New Brunswick community. They have partnered with Gallery Restigouche to coordinate Pollinators at Work, a student art project. They are also working hard to share the message about buying pesticide-free plants for bee-friendly gardens in Campbellton and beyond.
Congratulations to the City of Kawartha Lakes on becoming the seventh Canadian Bee City!
We are very thankful to be working with the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee, the team which led efforts to make Kawartha Lakes into a Bee City. This group is playing an important role in the exciting Fenelon Falls Landfill Pollination Project, which aims to convert part of a decommissioned landfill site into new pollinator habitat.
Read about how they are helping pollinators at the City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City web page.
The largest city in the “fruit basket of Canada” now a Bee City!
Located in the Niagara region of south-central Ontario, an area known for its exceptional fruit, vegetable and flower production, St. Catharines has become the eight Canadian Bee City.
We are grateful to Renee Delaney of the Niagara Farm Project, Mayor Walter Sendzik and a host of other community members for pledging to do their part to support pollinators.
Township of King
Located on the ecologically important Oak Ridges Moraine, King Township is the ninth Bee City!
King Township is enhancing existing and creating new habitats for pollinators in parks, gardens and naturalized areas. They are also engaging and teaching youth about the importance of pollinators through nature-based activities held at Cold Creek Conservation Area.
Bee City Canada is grateful for King Township’s commitment to helping pollinators!
Town of Whitby
Whitby is the 10th Bee City in Canada!
Our thanks and gratitude to high school student Aidan Brushett, whose love for pollinators became a driving force behind his hometown’s bid to become a Bee City! Among other things, the Town of Whitby will create new and improve existing pollinator gardens in its 55 parks while also protecting or enhancing naturalized areas.
7th Bee City in Ontario committed to providing a healthy environment for people and pollinators!
Some exciting initiatives are taking place in Kitchener, including a 2018 project at Huron Natural Area that will see eight hectares of meadow habitat restored and enhanced with plantings of forbs, grasses and shrubs to support native pollinators. Read about more bee-friendly initiatives in Kitchener’s application.
City becomes 12th Bee City in Canada
The City of Waterloo is currently leading several programs and initiatives that support healthy native pollinator populations. We will be sharing more information about their future plans after the city’s Pollinator Working Group has been established.
Learn more by visiting Waterloo’s Bee City web page.