Herb Garden and Honeybees
Located on the 3rd floor of the hotel rests a 2,100 square foot herb garden introduced in 1991, that also became one of Vancouver's first green roofs. Reflecting The Fairmont Waterfront's eco hotel philosophy, the garden plays home to over sixty varieties of herbs, vegetables, fruits and edible blossoms, as well as over 10 different species of local birds. The Chef uses the bounty from the garden daily in ARC Restaurant menus, and to create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. Find out more about our Vancouver eco hotel initiatives.
September marks the end of summer, and also The Fairmont Waterfront's annual Honey Harvest! The 2012 Honey Harvest brought in over 4,700 pounds (2,131 kg) of honey from our nearly 500,000 resident honeybees and offsite hives. The bees forage over 26 square miles and bring back honey from over 60 different species of plants, collecting The Fairmont Waterfront’s largest volumes of honey from two sources, blackberry blossoms and American bamboo blossoms. Our busy bees will visit over 1 million flowers to produce one pound of honey.
Our bees winter at the Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale, B.C. and reside in the Fairmont Waterfront harbor garden from May to September each year. "Bee" sure to join us all year long in ARC as Executive Chef Dana Hauser creates honey infused dishes seasonally.
Herb Garden and Bee Hive Tours
Michael King, our resident beekeeper; or one of our dedicated hotel experts would be happy to provide our guests a guided Herb Garden & Honeybee Tour. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to confirm a reservation.
Additional Honeybee Information
In keeping with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' commitment to sustainable hotel management, The Fairmont Waterfront opted to welcome honeybees, providing a symbiotic relationship between the hives and the existing rooftop garden. A safe home and food source is provided for the bees, which in turn encourages them to pollinate the flowers and plants. The introduction of the bees also acts as an innovative step in the gastronomic imagination and exploration by the hotel's culinary team.
In June of 2008, The Fairmont Waterfront hotel, Vancouver welcomed their first two hives of honeybees. The bees arrived on June 26th and were positioned on the North side of the third-floor terrace, adjacent to our 2,100 square-foot rooftop herb garden. Now, annually, between the months of May through September, The Fairmont Waterfront rooftop becomes home to anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 honeybees.
Enjoy the view of the herbs and flowers from your Fairmont guestroom or request a Terrace Room with a private patio leading out to the garden.