Current Bee City Businesses
Bee City Canada recognizes these businesses and non-profit organizations for their ongoing commitment to protecting pollinators.
This grocery store in Surrey, BC, wants to make a difference in their local community. Its goal is to collaborate with area schools to establish pollinator and edible gardens and, in doing so, help the students and other community members to better understand the importance of pollinators and the need to act together to protect them. We wholeheartedly thank the Organic Grocer for advocating for pollinators and the environment.
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Visitors to Kawartha Settlers’ Village, a once thriving farm that is now a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings, can learn about traditional beekeeping, the way the pioneers did it! The village also features naturalized and garden areas, including Environmental Park and a nature trail, with wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are important to pollinators.
Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
Wild at Heart is a charitable, volunteer-based organization whose dedicated team works to rehabilitate and return northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned animals back to the wild. The organization also believes in educating visitors about the key role of pollinators in maintaining thriving ecosystems and a new pollinator garden, which opened is 2017, is a focal point for many educational activities.
Greenwood United Church
There are many good reasons why Greenwood United Church in Peterborough, Ontario, is called a “Green Church.” In addition to the numerous plantings for pollinators and two hives on the large property, the community canvassed the neighbourhood to ask homeowners to avoid using pesticides. We are happy to designate Greenwood UC the first Bee City Faith Community in Canada!
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.