Pollinator Bees

With leading research indicating solitary bee populations continue to show signs of decline, and loss and fragmentation of habitat cited as a leading factor, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Burt’s Bees and other local partners are stepping up to provide solitary bees with a place to rest their wings with the introduction of its first pollinator bee hotel at Toronto’s landmark Fairmont Royal York.

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A Bee’s Eye View
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Fairmont Pollinator Bee Hotel
Wild for Bees

It can be hard for a wild bee to find a nice place to stay in the city. Watch this video to see things from a bee’s perspective?

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A bee hotel is a sustainable resting space for solitary bees, which make up over 90% of the bee population and work independently to spread pollen and nectar.

Want to help?Create your own bee hotel following these instructions from Sustainable T.O.

Constructed of plywood, cut at varying lengths and sourced from home demolition sites, the Fairmont pollinator bee hotel makes use of urban waste in a new and creative way.

Since the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2007, Burt’s Bees has funded honeybee health research, and, through the Wild for Bees® campaign has promoted practical solutions to keep bees buzzing.

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The Buzz at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

In honour of the new rooftop sanctuary for pollinator bees, The Fairmont Royal York introduces bee themed menu items.

Stop by the hotel’s Library Bar and enjoy an ever so sweet “Buzz-Tini” cocktail, made up of Forty Creek Whisky, lemon juice, Fairmont Royal York honey syrup and garnished with a rooftop mint leaf.

EPIC Restaurant will also be introducing the WILD FOR BEES menu, a special prix fixe for the month of June in honour of the hard-working pollinator bees.The three course menu will offer local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, with a special focus on pollinated foods.

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Fairmont Abuzz with Bees

Over the last decade, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has shown dedication to the protection of honeybee habitats with the installation of hives on rooftops and in gardens from Toronto to Beijing.Not only is this innovative sustainability program helping the local environment by providing plenty of bees to pollinate area gardens and parks, but by harvesting the house made honey, chefs can offer delicious, local and sustainable honey for use in onsite bars and restaurants.

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