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First pollinator bee hotel at Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

first pollinator bee hotel at Toronto’s landmark Fairmont Royal York
As the solitary bee population continues to decline, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has taken action by providing bees with a place to rest their wings in the form of its first pollinator bee hotel at Toronto’s landmark Fairmont Royal York.

The hotel has been designed to reflect the Toronto skyline and was created using a collection of nesting materials such as twigs and soil, built to attract and support solitary bees by replicating their natural nesting sites.  

One out of every three bites of food a human eats is the result of animal pollination, so protecting pollinator bees is vitally important. The Fairmont Royal York’s rooftop garden already houses an apiary of six honeybee hives which have been in action for over 15 years and produce over 800lbs of award-winning rooftop honey each year that is then used in the hotel’s kitchens. Executive Chef Collin Thornton maintains the rooftop garden and apiary and has created a special Pollinator Bee Menu for June as well as a “Buzz-tini” drink using ingredients from the roof-garden to celebrate the arrival of the first pollinator bee hotel.  

“The Fairmont brand has a long history of being a sustainability pioneer, and this project to protect pollinator bees is an extension of our ongoing efforts to support bees of all kinds, including nurturing honeybees with hives at more than 20 of our properties around the world,” comments Alexandra Blum, vice-president of public relations, FRHI Hotels & Resorts.  

The pollinator bee hotel in Toronto is the first of five sustainable bee hotels to be constructed at Fairmont properties over the coming months, with plans to roll out at more hotels next year – action that continues to support the hotel brands’ long commitment to preserving and protecting the destinations it calls home.

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