Map of the Week: Urban bees
But two sites near the city’s downtown (map link) are home a total of 22 working beehives: the roof of the Royal York Hotel (which Daphne Gordon wrote about in June) and the Brick Works near Bayview Ave. and Pottery Rd. The Brick Works site is much the largest, with 19 hives. At the seasonal peak, that means about 880,000 bees.
The area surrounding a beehive necessarily plays host to the bees. The distance bees fly to gather pollen varies, but a 1992 study found that they readily fly four kilometers in all directions, which means that gardens from Flemingdon Park to the CNE grounds are being visited by working bees.