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Bee City

Bee on a flower

Kawartha Lakes is officially recognized as a Bee City by Bee City Canada because we support healthy pollinator populations and ongoing efforts to preserve and create pollinator habitat. Being a Bee City reinforces the goals of our Integrated Community Sustainability Plan by encouraging community engagement and supporting healthy ecosystems and healthy food sources.

You can visit the Bee City Canada website to learn more about the program.





2023 Bee A Hero Contest is Open!


The 4th Annual Bee A Hero contest is back!

Scientists are ringing the alarm bells that our native pollinators are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Bee Heroes help these essential critters by creating a pollinator habitat in their own backyard, farm or balcony and taking before and after pictures.

All you'll need to do to enter the 2023 contest is take a before picture of your garden or container prior to it being planted, and then an after picture once it has grown and upload your photos to our online submission form. Both old and new gardens can enter.

The contest runs from July 19, 2023 until September 15, 2023.  Contestant gardens will then be reviewed by our team and our winners will be determined.

Prizes will be awarded across a few categories, including:

  • Children's Garden (12 and younger)
  • Adult's Garden (13 and older)
  • Container Garden

Winners will be chosen at the end of the submission period and they’ll be recognized and honoured for their great work by the Mayor and Council in a presentation at a future Council meeting. Participant's before and after pictures of their gardens, along with the write-up about their garden, will be included in the presentation to Council.

Please submit any questions to


Thank you to our 2022 participants!

Photo Gallery: 2022 Bee Hero Garden Challenge will appear here on the public site.

Thank you to our 2021 participants!

Photo Gallery: 2021 Bee Hero Garden Challenge will appear here on the public site.

Biking for Pollinators

On October 4, the Kawartha Lakes Cycling Club in collaboration with the Pollinator Action Committee of Kawartha Lakes held a Biking for Pollinators ride from Lindsay to Fenelon Falls distributing native wildflower seeds along the way.

Photo Gallery: Biking for pollinators will appear here on the public site.

Get on the Map! Register your Pollinator Pathway habitat

A pollinator garden takes into account the needs of pollinators - bees, moths, beetles, butterflies and hummingbirds - by providing nectar and pollen. It is pesticide free and offers a variety of native species that bloom from spring through fall with flowers of different colours, shapes and sizes to suit all pollinators' tastes. Its habitat features can include a small water source, bee nesting sites and larval plants such as milkweed for Monarch Butterfly caterpillars. Your pollinator garden can begin as a container or span a full yard.

Anyone can participate: residents, schools, churches, businesses and farms. By planting pollinator-friendly plants, we are building a corridor across CKL. The database you are helping to create can be used to ascertain what our pollinator corridor looks like, what plant species are doing well here and what seasonal gaps are occurring so we can encourage planting of a wider variety of plants.

Help build our Pollinator Pathways and get on the map! Register your Bee City Kawartha Lakes Pollinator Pathway.

Pollinator Pathway Map


Youth Environmental Heroes honoured this week

The 2019 Youth Hero was awarded to the junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten classes of Dunsford District Elementary School for their involvement as leaders in the Bee School application and project launch. For the full story, please read the Kawarth411 article.

Bee friendly: City of Kawartha Lakes stands up for pollinators

The City of Kawartha Lakes has joined the ranks of Bee Cities in Canada. For more details, visit Global News Peterborough.

Decommissioned Fenelon Falls landfill repurposed for bee population

The City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee (CKLEAC) is piloting a project to turn part of the decommissioned land at the Fenelon Falls landfill into a positive source of habitat and food for insects. For more details, read the news article in Kawartha411.

City celebrates its first year as a “Bee City”

The City of Kawartha Lakes is celebrating the one year anniversary this July of its designation as a Bee City. The City would like to recognize the hard work and effort that has been made by City residents, communities and organizations towards raising awareness about the importance of pollination. Read the full release under the City's news section.

Bobcaygeon's Jerry Jerrard is responsible for millions of lives

With roughly 500 hives spread out between several locations in the Kawartha Lakes, Jerrard enjoys sharing the ‘buzz’ on Earth’s sweetest pollinator. Please visit MyKawaratha's website to read more.

Kawartha Settlers' Village designated as a Bee Business by Bee City Canada

Bobcaygeon's Kawartha Settlers' Village was designated as a Bee Business by Bee City Canada. Guests who visit Kawartha Settlers’ Village will now be able to learn about traditional beekeeping and enjoy garden areas that include wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are important to pollinators.

Fenelon Falls resident wants you to celebrate Bee City Pollinators

Susan Blayney, a 10 year resident of the Fenelon Falls area is proud to have led the Environmental Advisory Committee's Bee City initiative and is now the Chair of Fenelon Falls' very own Pollinator Action Committee.

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Pollinator-Friendly City of Kawartha Lakes Projects

Fenelon Landfill Pollinator Project

This project is a multi-year project which began in 2015 and was planted in 2017. It was proposed to Kawartha Lakes Waste Management by the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee and approved by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.


1.5 acres of the final cover of a decommissioned cell at the landfill site has been sown with a pollinator-friendly seed mix to enhance habitat instead of the usual grass seed mix. There is a plan to have students from Fleming College monitor the site using the Ontario Pollinator Monitoring Protocol developed at the University of Guelph.

Fenelon Falls Landfill Site Map Photo

Fenelon Falls Landfill - site map photo


Fenelon Falls Landfill before photo

Fenelon Falls Landfill - before photo


Fenelon Falls Landfill in bloom photo

Fenelon Falls Landfill - "in bloom" after photo


KRCA Windy Ridge Pollinator Patches

In 2019, collaboration between Bee City Kawartha Lakes, Kawartha Conservation and Pollinator Partnership Canada culminated in the planting of two new pollinator patches at the Windy Ridge Conservation Area. Students from nearby Scott Young Elementary School in Omemee were bussed in to plant 100 native flower species to enhance the habitat. Learning outside of the classroom is the best.

windy ridge pollinator pathway


windy ridge pollinator pathway


windy ridge pollinator patch

Bee-friendly Community Initiatives

  • Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society: Lock 34 Pollinator Garden, Fenelon Museum Victory Garden and (with the support of KRCA) Rain Garden
  • Omemee Garden Club Pollinator Garden at the Fire Hall
  • Bobcaygeon Wilderness Park Pollinator Garden
  • Lindsay Community Gardens
  • Lilac Gardens of Lindsay
  • Fleming College's Frost Campus Butterfly Garden
  • Fenelon Falls Lock 34, Pollinator Garden
  • The Rosedale Pollinator Garden in the Trent-Severn Parkette
  • Seeds of Kindness Fruit Trees, Orchard Park, Lindsay
  • Lindsay Garden Club Bee Hotel, Mayor Flynn Park, Lindsay


Bee Schools

Individual schools can become part of the Bee City family by making a pledge to protect pollinators and their habitats. Learn the 3 Simple Steps to becoming a Bee School.

We currently have 2 officially designated Bee Schools in Kawartha Lakes: Langton Public in Fenelon Falls and Dunsford District Elementary.


Langton Public School - Bee City

Congratulations to Langton Public School in Fenelon Falls on being designated the 14th Bee School in Canada.
This is the accomplishment of the school's Green Team and teacher Candice Milroy.


In their acceptance letter Bee City Canada states:
I am simply amazed by all that you have accomplished in such a short period of time. From composting at your school (not many schools I know of in Toronto compost), to getting involved with the local horticultural group, to growing organic food, building bee homes, to partnering with a local MP and getting the Blue Dot program into Fenelon Falls, to sharing the food you are growing with others in need, and a host of so many other initiatives that you have undertaken, I must applaud all
of you!

Dunsford Public Bee School


Here’s what they say on the Bee City Canada website:

“On behalf of our Kindergarten team at Dunsford District Elementary School, we are elated to have been named the 25th Bee School in Canada.  Our students have been busy planting gardens, planning a school wide spirit day, and preparing for our off site trip to kick off pollinator week at a garden unveiling in our community. We look forward to the many opportunities ahead to promote the bees, their importance and provide the rest of our school community with the knowledge that our kindergartens have acquired along our journey to become a Bee School.”

Citizen Science

Learn to identify Pollinators and support scientific research:

Get Involved

Get on the Bee City mailing list. Email us at


The Bee City Mandate is three pronged:

  1. Create and conserve habitat
  2. Educate
  3. Celebrate Pollinator week in the 3rd week of June annually


The Pollinator Action Committee plans the activities that realize our mandate. If you would like to contribute to this important and very satisfying community work please contact us at

Events for 2023!

  • Pollinator Week Kids Colouring Contest: June 19, 2023 to June 25, 2023
  • 4th Annual Bee a Hero Garden Challenge: June 19, 2023 to August 31, 2023
  • 100 Plant Giveaway at the Lindsay Farmers' Market: Saturday, June 24 from 7 am to 1 pm
  • 3rd Annual Biking for Pollinators: To be determined
  • Native Seed Processing Webinar Part One - Collection and Storage: To be determined
  • Native Seed Processing Webinar Part Two - Stratification and Planting: To be determined

Important Dates

Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

You can help pollinators by creating foraging and nesting opportunities in your garden. Here are some tips to attract bees and butterflies to your garden.

Plant native

Choose native shrubs, trees and perennial flowers rich in pollen and nectar. Locally grown and pesticide free are best. For native plants, visit Kawartha Conservation.

Mass plantings

Planting multiples of the same plant together in large groupings makes it easier for pollinators to find and collect pollen.

Choose single blooms

Double or triple bloom flowering varieties with lots of petals can block access to pollen and nectar.

Continuous bloom

Pollinators need a continuous source of pollen and nectar; so choose a variety of plants that will bloom from spring to fall.

Plant host plants

Butterflies lay their eggs on specific plants. Monarch butterflies, for example, will only lay their eggs on milkweed, the sole food source for their larva.

Provide water

A bird bath or shallow dish of water with half-submerged rocks will help bees and butterflies quench their thirst.

Provide sun

Butterflies like to bask in the sun, so place a few flat rocks in sunny, sheltered locations.

Keep it natural

Converting a lawn or garden to concrete, gravel, mulch or artificial turf reduces valuable food and nesting sites.

Bare ground

Many native bees build nests in soil, so leave some bare patches and limit your use of mulch.

Leave dead stems

Some bees hibernate and lay eggs in hollow stems. If you do cut, leave the bottom 8 inches or bundle the stems and place them in your garden.

Leave the leaves

Leave the leaves where they fall or rake them into your garden to provide overwintering habitat for butterflies.

Prune and deadhead

Remove dead flower heads to encourage new growth and extend the flowering season.

Reduce mowing

To avoid disturbing ground nesting bees, mow your lawn less often and set the blade at the highest level possible.

Avoid pesticides

Avoid plants/seeds treated with systemic insecticides, such as neonicotinoids. And don't spray pesticides. Pesticide Bylaw bans the cosmetic use of pesticides.

Turn off lights

Help our nocturnal pollinators such as moths by remembering to turn out your outdoor lights at night.

Kawartha Lakes Native Plant Guide and Local Plant Growers

Native Wildflowers and Shrubs for Pollinators and Butterflies


  • Shrubs
  • Pussy Willow
  • Saskatoon Serviceberry
  • Chokecherry
  • Blueberry
  • Nannyberry
  • Red Elderberry
  • Black Elderberry
  • Common Snowberry
  • Downy Serviceberry
  • New Jersey Tea
  • Wild Flowers
  • Hepatica
  • Trillium
  • Trout Lilly
  • Canada Violet
  • Yellow Wood Violet
  • Wild Columbine
  • Canada Wild Ginger
  • Wild Blue Lupine
  • Blanket Flower
  • Wild Strawberry
  • Prairie Smoke
  • Bloodroot


  • Shrubs
  • Staghorn Sumac
  • Elderberry
  • Red Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Shrubby Cinquefoil
  • Ninebark
  • Northern Smooth Rose
  • Buttonbush
  • Fragrant Sumac
  • Wild Flowers
  • Common Yarrow
  • Purple Cone Flower
  • Black Cohosh
  • Lavender Hyssop
  • Pearly Everlasting
  • Wild Columbine
  • Canada Wild Ginger
  • Wild Blue Lupine
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Common Milkweed
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Great Blue Lobelia

  • Blanket Flower

  • Tansey

  • Lance Leaved Coreopsis

  • Black Eyed Susan

  • Soapwort

  • Bottlebrush Grass

  • Indian Grass

  • Canada Rye Grass

  • Sweet Oxeye

  • Ragged Blazing Star

  • Grey Headed Coneflower

  • Dense Blazing Star

  • Cardinal Flower

  • Hoary Vervain

  • Bee balm


  • Shrubs
  • Witch Hazel
  • Buttonbush
  • Wild Flowers
  • Common Yarrow
  • Purple Cone Flower
  • Black Cohosh
  • Lavender Hyssop
  • Pearly Everlasting
  • Bergamot
  • Helen's Flower/Sneezeweed
  • Spotted Joe Pie Weed
  • Boneset
  • Great Blue Lobelia
  • Blanket Flower
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Turtlehead
  • Ironweed
  • Zig-Zag Goldenrod
  • Upland White Goldenrod
  • Stiff Leaved Goldenrod
  • Foxglove Beardtongue
  • New England Aster
  • Flat Topped White Aster
  • Smooth Aster
  • Heath Aster
  • Heart-Leaved Aster
  • Smooth Aster
  • Panicled Aster

Native Plant and Pollinator Resources

Grow Wild!
Paul Heydon
3784 Highway 7
Omemee, ON, K0L 2W0
Phone: (416) 735-7490

Green Side Up
Douglas Kennedy
121 Grassy Rd.
Omemee, ON, K0L 2W0
Phone: (289) 892-2827

Ecology Park Plant Nursery
Ashburnham Drive
C/o Peterborough Green-Up
378 Aylmer St. N., Unit 4
Peterborough, ON, K9H 3V8
Phone: 1-888-745-3238
Phone: (705) 745-3238 extension 212

Native Plants in Claremont
4965 Westney Road
Pickering (Claremont), ON, L1Y 1A2
Phone: 905-649-8176

Wildflower Farm
10195 Hwy 12 West,
R.R.#2 Coldwater, ON, L0K 1E0
Phone: 1-866-476-9453
Instructions for Growing Native Wildflowers from seed

Florabunda Seeds
Box 3; Indian River, ON, K0L 2B0
Phone: (705) 295-6440
Fax: (705) 295-4035

Rockwood Forest Nurseries
437 Mark Road
Cameron, ON, K0M 1G0
Phone: 1-888-833-0473

Other Resources

North American Native Plant Society

Instructions for building a Pollinator Patch

Butterflies of Ontario

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Monarch Watch

Guide to Bee Identification

Pollination Guelph

Pollinators, busy doing what?

How to Build a Butterfly Garden

Message to Aspiring New Beekeepers

Learn from your local Central Ontario Beekeepers Association

Advice from a veteran beekeeper:

Plan to study beekeeping for at least a year before even thinking about getting your own bees.

1) Take a beekeeping course

2) Join the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association discussion group

3) Subscribe to a magazine

4) Team up and work with an experienced beekeeper

More Pollinator Information Resources

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