Bee hotels a busy business for Fairmont

Bee hotel Fairmont Hotel Winnipeg
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts are providing homes for bees, including this "bee hotel" in Winnipeg. Josh Arason / Global News

TORONTO – One of Canada’s largest hotel companies is buzzing with efforts to provide more homes for bees.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts says it will erect 16 additional so-called bee hotels in several cities across Canada to help give the population of the busy pollinators a space to nest.

Six of the specially built structures will be at Fairmont properties in Quebec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

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The other 10 will be placed in public spaces in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax.

Fairmont erected its first five bee hotels last year in the Toronto area, including one atop the Royal York near Union Station in the city’s downtown.

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The initiative is being done in partnership with Burt’s Bees Canada, which makes a variety of bee-related products, as well as other groups devoted to sustaining the bee population.

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