300,000 honeybees live 14 floors above Front Street, atop the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. They’re very hard workers, flying around downtown TORONTO, and collecting annually about 800 pounds of honey. The bees search for nectar over a five or six kilometre radius from the hotel, pollinating plants in the downtown core, the Toronto Islands, the Don Valley ravines and city parks.
The collected honey goes into cuisine and cocktails served in the Royal York’s dining rooms. The high-flying bees live in a herb garden, maintained by twelve apprentice chefs.
<PHOTO BELOW – gathering honey by roneade.com/Ottawa Citizen>
The Queens Hotel (shown below) was demolished to make way for the Royal York, which opened in the 1930’s.