Rather, they’re the buzzing kind. Bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths and beetles will soon find new flowering homes dotted around the outdoor space at the hotel.
These gardens will be new places for these pollinators to thrive and survive. Bees are one of the most important of the pollinators.
Not to be confused with honeybees, these homes are for the more solitary pollinator bees that pollinate much of the food produced in British Columbia.
The initiative comes with high praise from Elizabeth Elle, professor with Simon Fraser University who runs the Elle Lab and is offering advice along the way.
The project is a pilot project, borne from personal passion for the environment and growing gardens.
The Summit’s director of operations Lorraine Yeung has created a smaller bee condo — a small cedar box filled with hollow bamboo sticks, the perfect home for bees, as well as pinecones and sticks for other pollinators. Bee condos will also be a part of the project in addition to the gardens.
“I would love our guests to be inspired to do that themselves,” said Yeung. “It’s so easy and fun.”
The project will be designed to teach the community and guests about Whistler’s native wild pollinators and inspire others to do the same.
If all goes well with this first year pilot project, the Summit hopes to share its success with the municipality and encourage it to get on the program of creating new homes for native pollinators.
“That’s where we wanted to branch out as a hotel, to not be somewhere for people to just rest their head, but actually be a form of education and inspiration for people coming to Whistler and transform what a hotel can be and should be,” said Farrand.