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Rooftop Bees

  • Winnipeg bees

Fairmont Winnipeg is the home to two honey beehives and one pollinator bee hotel. Launched in the spring of 2016, the beehives supply the VG Restaurant and Lounge with delicious, local and sustainable honey. In addition to the honey, the installation and maintenance of beehives help the local environment by providing bees with a home to pollinate the surrounding gardens and parks in Winnipeg. The beehives are maintained by Beeproject Apiaries, a local sustainable beekeeping company.


In 2015, Fairmont Winnipeg launched a bee hotel on the hotel’s rooftop, providing 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 thanks to the partnership with WILD FOR BEES that includes Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Burt’s Bees Canada, Pollinator Partnership Canada and Sustainable TO. Building + Architecture.

What are pollinator bees? They are tiny docile bees that don’t produce any honey and are essential for the garden. Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.

Through Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Bee Sustainable initiative, part of the luxury hotel brand’s larger Sustainability Partnership program, Fairmont has committed itself to improving the overall health and conservation of bee species globally, and has built more than 20 apiaries and eight pollinator bee hotels at properties around the world.

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