Beehive Project Creating Buzz on Roof of Winnipeg Hotel

Beehive Project Creating Buzz on Roof of Winnipeg Hotel

Fairmont Winnipeg Bee Project
The Fairmont Winnipeg will join 20 sister properties in cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal to launch their very own rooftop honey program in May. (HANDOUT)

The Fairmont Winnipeg is the latest hotel to launch its own rooftop honey program.

The Fairmont has partnered with Beeproject Apiaries, a local sustainable beekeeping company, to place two hives on the roof of the hotel.

“We are thrilled to be the first hotel in the city with a pollinator bee program and are equally excited to be part of the new movement that allows honeybees to survive and thrive in the Downtown area. We will continue to look for innovative opportunities to act as an environmentally responsible tourism provider,” said Drew Fisher, general manager of The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Fisher said the installation will provide bees a home to pollinate the surrounding gardens and parks, but will also have its chefs harvest the honey for use in the VG Restaurant and Lounge.

Leading up to the beehives, The Fairmont launched a bee hotel on its rooftop last year, acting as a safe habitat for solitary bees to “check-in” and to help to sustain the next generation of urban pollinators. It was one of 16 built across the country through a partnership with Wild For Bees.

— Staff