EDMONTON — Japanese television highlighted Shaw Conference Centre’s urban beekeeping program, one of six Canadian destinations featured on the show Bee World, airing on the Tokyo TV network, it was announced last month.
In its first year under the City of Edmonton’s urban beekeeping initiative, the Shaw Conference Centre produced 60 pounds of honey from one hive. The honey produced has a unique taste and colour due to the sustainable permaculture that surrounds the venue, including North America’s largest urban parkland.
“Urban beekeeping is very Edmonton and we are thrilled to be profiling one of our city’s key initiatives to an international audience,” says Lisanne Lewis, General Manager, Shaw Conference Centre. “Meeting planners continue to tell us that they prefer to bring events to venues like ours that support community sustainability projects.”
Other destinations selected by Japanese producers included Fireweed Honey in White Horse, Clover Honey in Stony Plain, Alta., Canola Honey in Innisfail, Alta., Sweet Clover Honey in Guy, Alberta, and Buckwheat Honey in Prince Edward Island.
The Shaw Conference Centre beehive is managed by local beekeeper Patty Milligan, of Lola Canola Honey.