In June 2013, Fairmont Chateau Whistler installed four beehives at its rooftop herb garden. That number has since grown to 14 hives totaling 420,000 honeybees. Just two years after the honeybees started calling “The Chateau” their home, the hotel “checked-in” solitary bees with its new pollinator bee hotel. The European Honey Bees help pollinate flowers in the garden and produce a delicate wildflower honey that is harvested by Executive Chef Isabel Chung, a passionate beekeeper in her personal time, and her kitchen team for use in culinary and cocktail creations.
The bees will travel up to 3km to pollinate local wildflowers including Lupines.