The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver shares its herb garden with six honeybee hives on the hotel's third-floor terrace. For summer 2010 they will host 390,000 honey bees producing an anticipated 500 lbs of honey. At the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto there are around 300,000 bees in peak season. The Fairmont Washington, D.C. welcomed 105,000 Italian honeybees in summer 2009 to their three new hives on the roof. The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club has partnered with local beekeeper Stephen Macharia to bring fresh honey to guests. Stephen started out collecting wild honey from the slopes of Mount Kenya, but by June will have eight hives on property to help pollinate African flowers and the nearby Mount Kenya Forest. The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec hosted four queen bees in four hives in the chef's roof top garden last year. Each hive contains about 70,000 bees that will produce enough honey for the entire hotel, with the extra being sold in the Fairmont Store. And at the Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick the queen bee and her hive feast on nearby Kingsbrae Gardens producing honey which is sold to guests and also used in the hotel's three restaurants. Several of the hotels offer tours so that you can safely observe the bees hard at work.
The honey pops up in desserts, entrees and drinks. The Festive Buzz, shown at right, served at the Royal York includes white peach puree, champagne and the Royal York honey. Check out the recipe here or watch the Royal York bees in action in a video after the jump.