There is a new hotel in town and it sits atop the Fairmont Winnipeg. One of a kind, and specially designed to attract solitary pollinator bees, Fairmont Winnipeg’s new bee hotel will provide much needed urban habitat for these tiny creatures that pollinate a significant amount of the food we eat.
Unlike honeybees, which live in group hives, solitary bees nest on their own, often in hollow branches and sticks, while foraging to feed their young. Loss and fragmentation of habitat leaves hundreds of thousands of bees without space to nest each year, leaving them without a safe place to lay eggs.
Fairmont Winnipeg’s new bee hotel will provide a safe habitat for solitary bees to ‘check-in’ and help to sustain the next generation of urban pollinators. It is one of 16 built across the country this spring thanks to the WILD FOR BEES partnership which includes Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Burt’s Bees Canada, Pollinator Partnership Canada and Sustainable TO. Building + Architecture.
“We are excited to be the first hotel in the city with a pollinator bee program and will continue to look for innovative opportunities to act as an environmentally responsible tourism provider,” said Drew Fisher, General Manager, Fairmont Winnipeg.
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Furthermore, the hotel is encouraging all residents of Winnipeg to consider installing a small bee hotel in their backyard to help blanket the city with safe spaces for bees to reproduce. Despite common misconceptions, solitary bees are very small and often undetectable, simply laying eggs, pollinating flowers and plants and continuing on their way once their eggs are hatched. Those interested in building a bee hotel can reference this handy how-to guide.
The 16 new bee hotels built in 2015 include six located at Fairmont properties in Vancouver, Whistler, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Quebec City and ten in public spaces across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax. This year’s coast-to-coast program follows the successful launch of the bee hotel program in 2014, when the first pollinator bee hotel debuted atop the iconic Fairmont Royal York along with four others across the Greater Toronto Area.
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