Current Bee City Businesses
Bee City Canada recognizes these businesses and non-profit organizations for their ongoing commitment to protecting pollinators.
The Calgary Zoo
The grounds of the Calgary Zoo host thousands of nectar-rich native plants, with varying and overlapping bloom times, and floral shapes to satisfy a diverse population of pollinators. Also, zoo visitors learn about pollinators through interpretive signage, interactive programs and educational workshops. For these and other reasons, the Calgary Zoo has been recognized as first Bee City Business in Alberta.
West Queen West
West Queen West created Toronto’s first bee-friendly streetscape, lining a section of Queen Street with large, artfully decorated, concrete planters and bee hotels that make pollinators feel at home in Canada’s largest city. The BIA also organizes educational events where the local community can learn about gardening for pollinators. For this, Bee City Canada has recognized West Queen West as the first Canadian Bee Business.
The Bee Shop
In addition to offering a wide selection of locally sourced, honey and bee products, The Bee Shop believes in educating the public about the importance and beauty of pollinators. Through their Young Beekeepers Club, they teach children about plants, bee friendly gardening and beekeeping. Oliver Couto, the business owner, is also an instructor of beekeeping at Toronto Botanical Gardens and the Kortright Centre.
Tees For Bees
Tees For Bees creates buzz about saving the bees with some funky tee shirts. Their aim is to bring the cause to the mainstream and raise awareness among groups that would not usually be knowledgeable about bees and pollinators. They also donate 10% of their profits to support Bee City Canada and participate in community outreach projects and educating young children.