In the fall of 2011, Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York harvested a record breaking 800 lbs. of honey from six of its rooftop bee hives. The hotel’s 14th story apiary was established in June 2008 in partnership with the Toronto Beekeepers Cooperative and FoodShare. It is the first of the Fairmont hives and is often noted as being the first rooftop apiary found at any hotel in the world. It was also the first to install a pollinator bee hotel in 2014, paving the way for more to follow in the following years.
At its summer peak 350,000 honeybees reside in six beehives to produce an average of 450 pounds of honey per year.