As part of our HomeEc Big Outdoor Kitchen Party, we had the chance to take a small group of people onto the roof of the Fairmont Royal York (they were a sponsor of the event) to see their apiary (bee hives)! The hives are perched well above the city and close to their rooftop garden.
The hives are located away from the area the general public has access to (they are about 30 feet away). People used to have closer access to the bees but a few biting incidents resulted in the small barrier and it’s probably better for most people – and for the bees.
There were bees all through the garden though they really left us alone as they are prone to do. The hotel harvests several hundred pounds of honey per year which it uses in it’s kitchens as well as mixing it into a special honey beer that’s only available at the hotel. Beyond all else it was just super cool to see bees fitting into the urban landscape so effortlessly.