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Bees and Garden

Our Honey Bees and their Butler

Our third floor terrace the habitat for hundreds of species of solitary bees (our super pollinators) native to British Columbia. We offer daily summer apiary tours with our very own ‘Bee Butler’ or a member of his Bee Team and see why it’s more important than ever to give bees a chance. Everyone (19 or older) who joins us on our daily Bee Tour is invited to join us afterwards for a complimentary tasting of our collaboration with Bridge Brewing – a crisp, summer Kolsh made with honey from our hives.

Each component tells a local story – the wood for the structure was generously donated by the Haida nation, fire bricks were collected from the Downtown Eastside, the logs were gifted from the city from fallen trees in Stanley Park; burlap was from East Van Roasters; the branches, bamboo and plants were all collected from urban gardens across the city and the bumblebee nests were woven by volunteers using scavenged ivy, wool and leaves. Try our Pollinator Menu in ARC Dining.

Hives for Humanity

2014 has brought mason bees to the hotel’s garden in an exciting partnership with Hives for Humanity. As part of the inspiring Pollinator Corridor Project, we engage with the community and build bee populations by providing new habitats in Vancouver green spaces.

pollinator corridor

pollinator corridor

Fairmont Waterfront partnered with Hives for Humanity in April of 2014 to place 23 mason bee houses across Vancouver, becoming the first hotel to host solitary bees.  This project is the continuation of our work on the local Pollinator Corridor Project and is part of Burt’s Bees Canada and Fairmont Hotels & ResortsWILD FOR BEES national program – installing 21 uniquely built bee hotels across Canada. Other important national partners include Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building and The Pollinator Partnership Canada.

Left: bees on a frame. Right: The Pollinator Hotel at Fairmont Waterfront

Bees are the most effective animal pollinators on earth, but loss and fragmentation of habitat leaves hundreds of thousands of bees without space to nest. Spring is a time of renewal for solitary pollinator bees, which make up 90 per cent of the bee population and are responsible for the pollination of one-third of the food we eat. For the second year in a row, two iconic brands with a rich history in bee sustainability have come together to support Canadian bees and better their chances of flourishing this spring.

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