Toronto, Ontario – More than 300,000 now bees now reside in six hives on a 14th-floor rooftop of Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The bees produces about 800 pounds of honey a year, which will be used by the culinary staff and enjoyed by hotel guests. Along with producing a unique product for the hotel, the bees are expected to forage for nectar over a five or six kilometer radius from the hotel. This will mean helping to pollinate thousands of plants in the downtown core, including the Toronto Islands, Don Valley Watershed and city parks. The project was established in partnership with the Toronto Beekeepers Association. It’s a natural extension of the Royal York’s decade old flourishing rooftop herb garden, which is maintained by twelve of the hotel’s apprentice chefs. In the News: In 2009 the rooftop apiary was expanded from three to six hives. Honey that has been harvested has been used in the hotelʼs cocktails and cuisine. The honey placed third in the Dark Honey category at the 2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. There are now hives at more hotels across the country: the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver shares has six honeybee hives on the hotelʼs third-floor terrace. At Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, there are four hives in the Chef’s roof top garden, and at the Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick there’s now a hive in the hotelʼs lavish gardens.
Where: The hotel is located across the street from Toronto’s Union Station. It’s linked to the 27 km underground PATH system, and is steps from the Hockey Hall of Fame. It’s a 10-minute walk to the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, The Sony Centre, and the St. Lawrence Market. Serious shoppers are 15 minutes from the Toronto Eaton Centre.
The Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W Toronto, Ontario