Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming! You know what would go perfectly with all that pretty? Butterflies. Yes, we’re dreaming about frolicking the fields surrounding by gorgeous fluttering bugs just like in all the fairytales. Is this daydream a symptom of quarantine-induced crazy? Maybe. Will we be hitting up the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat to make it come true anyway? You bet.

Yes, Toronto. We know a spot where all your frolicking fairytale dreams can come true. This hidden gem is definitely one of the city’s most beautiful secrets. The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat is located in the heart of Humber Bay Park. The west-end spot is bursting with life, and if you ask us, it’s the place to hit during the spring and summertime.

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So the spot currently functions as an ecological restoration project for the City of Toronto. What does that mean? We’re glad you asked. The place is intentionally full of a diverse range of wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, and other botanical wonders known to support the butterfly lifespan.

As for the actual butterflies? This area is known to be home to a variety of species. The most common sighting is the monarch butterfly, but you’ll also find a few others fluttering around the park.


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According to the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, the peak season for spotting is between April and October. You’ll have the best luck on days with mild temperatures and minimal wind or rain.

Of course, the area is also dedicated to educating the public on all the amazing species it supports. This is why you’ll find tons of informative signs and posters throughout.

Plus, a few gorgeous pieces of art like the iconic butterfly gate or the beautiful butterfly wall mural.

So whether you’re looking for a walk outside or stopping by during a bike ride, this amazing spot seriously never misses. Be sure to bring your camera to catch it all in action!


Where: 100 Humber Bay Park Rd W