Fort York Bee Barracks

David Suzuki Foundation Homegrown National Park

The David Suzuki Foundation selected SUSTAINABLE.TO as one of two winners of the Homegrown National Park Design Challenge 2014, for our submission for DIY Backyard Bee Hotels. The submission encouraged the community to build pollinator habitats of various scales to aid bee habitat and health in the neighbourhoods surrounding the former Garrison Creek.

We were then invited by the David Suzuki Foundation to design additional pollinator habitats, dubbed the ‘Bee Barracks’ at Fort York National Historic Site, located at the foot of the Garrison Creek, the beginning of the Homegrown National Park. SUSTAINABLE.TO led a community-build alongside Homegrown National Park rangers, constructing the Bee Barracks over the course of the three-day Toronto Urban Roots Festival at Fort York.

The design is based on the iconic canvas white tents from the encampment at Fort York during the War of 1812. The Bee Barracks is located adjacent to the Fort York canoe gardens, on the north side of the historic site.

In recognition of our outstanding efforts, SUSTAINABLE.TO has been awarded by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) as the 2014 Advocate for Canada.

NAPPC is a growing, collaborative body of more than 120 diverse partners in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Respected scientists, researchers, conservationists, government officials and dedicated volunteers are succeeding with major programs to protect pollinators, to raise pollinator-related issues, and to benefit the health of all species – particularly those most threatened.

Historic Fort York, Garrison Creek Neighbourhoods, Toronto, ON
Retail waste (paint, shipping palettes) and shingles (from home renovation)
Project Lead:
Joel Gilbert Anderson