With an increasing awareness of the importance of bee populations and the struggles they’ve gone through globally in recent years, many have become concerned with the welfare of local bee habitats, making efforts to nurture and protect them however they can. The Fairmont Waterfront‘s rooftop apiary, in bustling downtown Vancouver overlooking Burrard Inlet, is home to a half million honeybees during the summer months. Guests of the hotel are invited to join the weekly garden and hive tours conducted by Director of Housekeeping and resident Beekeeper Graeme Evans, and to learn more about the hotel’s leading sustainability practices. With over 60 varieties of herbs, edible blooms, fruits and vegetables benefiting from the work of the honeybees, Executive Chef Patrick Doré and his brigade harvest the freshest produce and honey for use with the hotel’s restaurant and bar menus.
Just across town, honey produced by the million or so bees that reside on the Vancouver International Airport’s land at McDonald Beach Park is a mélange of sweet and spicy notes with a hint of cinnamon and apple. The area’s vast array of indigenous plants, trees and flowers give the bees an ever changing menu of forage throughout the season to produce a signature honey product.
Beekeeping has definitely taken off amongst the Fairmont family with sister properties such as Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto and The Fairmont Washington, DC each doing their part by supporting green initiatives for a more sustainable future.
A recent 600 lb. harvest inspired the creation of a new line of truly local honey truffles in partnership with British Columbia’s legendary chocolatier, Rogers’ Chocolates. Dubbed the “Bee’s Knees”, Fairmont Waterfront truffles are offered in milk and dark chocolate and feature flavor notes of butterscotch, vanilla and cinnamon. Seems like there’s such a buzz over the hotels’ honeybees, they’ve produced a line-up of signature gifts to share their delicious stories.
For more information, visit the Fairmont website.