Hi honey, they’re home! Four Season Resort and Residences Whistler introduces 16 beehives for environmental, educational and guests enjoyment

ByAndrea Thompson

July 5, 2024

Alive with activity, the rooftops of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler have become home to a rather unusual guest – almost a million of them in fact. Surrounded by mountains and forests that capture Whistler’s natural beauty, these rooftop hives create a vibrant backdrop for these honeybees and their new home.

The arrival of summer has brought the chance for new life, new ideas, and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the planet. It’s no secret how rapid and concerning the decline of the honeybee population has been in recent years, and the far-reaching impact the dwindling numbers of these essential pollinators is having on the environment.

With that in mind, the mountainside Resort is doing its part to boost the bee population and celebrate sustainable living and tourism by installing new hives for each of the sixteen rooftop bee colonies.

Pioneering the program, Sabrina Offers, Director of Residences, states, “This initiative is one of various measures we’re taking on property to ensure we’re committing ourselves towards a more sustainable future – for our environment, for the local community, and for our guests.”

The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler will be buzzing every Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm with Meet Our Resident Queen Bee, allowing guests to join the expert apiarist for a demonstration, giving them the occasion to learn more about the initiative.

Launching on July 8, 2024 is the private Beekeeping Experience, allowing guests to immerse themselves with this educational two-hour session where they learn about the importance of global bee health and follow along through in-depth analysis and real time hive monitoring.

Guests may take a trip to the hives, located on the rooftop of the Private Residences, and watch the Hotel’s good-tempered new occupants go about their daily business – making honey. Suited up to handle the bees under the guidance of the apiarist, memories are made sweet and golden, and packed to take home with a jar of their very own honey.