Humber Bay Shores Park is located west of the Humber Bay Bridge and the Humber River, east of the Humber Bay East and West Parks. It is part of a string of parks along the Etobicoke Lakeshore district that connect by the Martin Goodman Trail. Humber Bay Shores is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario. This park is listed as one of the top 13 spots to see birds in Toronto in the City's Birds of Toronto Biodiversity Series booklet, which is available in libraries across the city. Follow the trail west and you'll find yourself in the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat.
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH) - Programs & Activities
Self Guided Tours - Interactive and informative interpretive signs are located throughout the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat. Enjoy a self guided tour, while learning about butterflies, native plants, urban conservation and migrating monarchs!
Get Involved and Dig In - Do you want to get involved at Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat? Join the City of Toronto’s HBBH Community Stewardship Team. For more information, please e-mail Natural Environment and Community Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appreciate Art in the Park - Visit the Home Garden to see the weaved Spirit House by Anne Feir and the sculpted Guardians by Amy Switzer.
Bring your Bike - The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat is located immediately south of the Waterfront Trail – a prime destination for cyclists, walkers and in-line skaters alike.
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH) - Attractions & Features
The goal of HBBH is to establish a self-sustaining native plant community which will support a variety of butterfly species, while engaging and educating park users about the value of urban wildlife habitat. HBBH is approximately four acres and includes the following:
Short Grass Prairie - The short grass prairie component of the HBBH is located along the stormwater management pond at the west-end of the site. The low growing, drought tolerant vegetation characteristic of this native plant community, provides a variety of host and nectar plants for caterpillars and butterflies. Trees and shrubs have been planted on the berm opposite the prairie, to offer perching areas, shelter and further food sources.
Wildflower Meadow - The Wildflower Meadow represents the largest component of the HBBH, and lies at the furthest east-end of the habitat. There are four vegetation communities represented in this meadow: tallgrass prairie, shortgrass prairie, wet meadow and upland meadow. Each area provides a distinct mix of native wildflowers, grasses and sedges as well as unique physical features. The area between the wildflower meadow and the lake is a large native shrub and tree bed, which provides food, shelter and a wind break for the meadow.
Home Garden - Have you ever wondered how you can turn your garden into a haven for butterflies? The Home Garden incorporates butterfly-friendly plants and physical features that lend themselves to a backyard setting. Key features include benches, stonewalls, gravel and interlocking walkways, perennial beds with native and ornamental species, and interpretive art features.