What’s New at Scotia Square

Honey, we're home.

We are excited to announce that we have just welcomed 10k+ new friends to Scotia Square. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we have partnered with global urban beekeeping company, Alvéole. Together, we have installed two urban beehives on our rooftop! Co-existing with urban bees in Halifax is not only easy and safe, but natural! After all, honey bees are just one of many pollinators we share our urban space with!

Did you know there are many benefits of urban beekeeping?

Urban Beekeeping

  • Enhances pollination which improves our environment and eco-systems
  • Creates opportunities to educate our community about the environment 
  • Combats global bee population decline
  • Supports local agriculture 
  • Repurposes unused spaces within our cities
  • Produces hyper-local honey

Our Bees

  • Travel a radius of 5km per day from their hive, which means you might see them in the community! Keep an eye out at the Halifax Commons, the Public Gardens, and your local garden!
  • Approximately 90% of our bees are female (worker bees). Worker bees build the hive's wax honeycombs and gather nectar, transforming it into honey
  • The remaining 10% of the hive are male bees (drones), and they "visit" queens in neighbouring hives
  • Each hive has one queen. Her lifespan ranges 3-5 years and she lays up to 2,000 eggs per day
  • We will total approximately 50,000 bees per hive at peak season

To follow our hive's progress, visit our My Hive page here