Five ways to ‘bee’ pollinator friendly this summer
At Fairmont Waterfront, it’s no secret that we love our bees. We were the first Fairmont Hotel to introduce bees to our garden, which we did in 2008. Fast forward to 2023, and our third floor terrace is absolutely buzzing with action, from an observation hive of honeybees to the ‘Bee and Bee’ pollinator hotel, providing habitat for the hundreds of species of solitary bees (our super pollinators) native to British Columbia.
Fairmont Waterfront is proud to work with Chief Beekeeper Julia Common, who looks after our resident bees in the summer months, as well as Carissa Kesper from Seed and Nourish, who looks after our rooftop garden, which plays home to several varieties of herbs, vegetables, fruits and edible blossoms, making it the perfect habitat for our bees.
During the summer months, guests staying at the Fairmont Waterfront get the opportunity to meet our bees on a tour with Julia, and learn about the essential role they play in our ecosystem. Guests can also taste the fruit of our bees’ labour at the hotel – our kitchen team uses the bees honey in our three course pollinator menu available during the summer months, purchase a jar of our honey to take home, or try a cocktail made with gin distilled from our honey!
After visiting us, many guests may feel inspired to do more at home to protect these busy little insects, which are responsible for pollinating over one-third of the food crops we rely on for sustenance. Sadly, in recent years, bee populations have been in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use, and other factors. However, there are steps we can all take in our daily lives to help save the bees. In this blog post, we’ll explore some pollinator-friendly things you can do to make a difference!