THIS PAST January, Kamloops became the first city in British Columbia — and the third city in Canada — to receive “Bee City” designation. Downtown Kamloops, Tourism Kamloops, the B.C Wildlife Park, and the Kamloops Bee Keepers have been leaders of this active initiative to transform the landscape into sustainable habitats for pollinators.
This initiative fits into the larger image of a more conscientious and sustainable lifestyle. Now, I wish I could say I bike to work every day, use a car-sharing app to borrow a Tesla, and only eat the food I grow in my backyard; yet, that is not my reality and perhaps not yours either. Luckily, the Downtown neighbourhood is home to local leaders with plentiful resources that celebrate diversity in business and the natural environment.
On recent CAP Team bike patrols, we have seen residents landscape their backyard fences as mini habitats for bees and insects. We are celebrating the Bee City designation with our newest (23rd!) mural on the side of Jonathan Buchner Gems & Jewellery. A team of talented mural artists are collaborating during Spring Fest and painting a nature-inspired mural Bee friendly flowers and pollinators popping up onto the wall, oversized and super bright. You will also see colourfully planted Bee City planters scattered around Downtown containing flowers that bees love.
However, you should not have to apologize if your current lifestyle is neither carbon neutral nor 100 per cent local; but, consider how your windowsill, apartment balcony, or grocery list can have a positive impact on your neighbours and the natural environment. If you only have room for a few plants consider the following pollinator-friendly plants in B.C.: Black-Eyed Susan, Foxglove, Seaside Heliotrope, Prairie Crocus, Lavender Hyssop, Wild Chives, Red Raspberry.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays speak to your local farmer and apiarists at the Farmers Market. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of chatting to Michael from Kamloops Honey at the Saturday market on St. Paul Street who had a handful of recommendations for consumer’s allergies and preference. After all, many proud businesses support the local climate and regional economy by sourcing milk or cheese from a Barnhartvale farm, as one example.
It’s wonderful to be a part of the Downtown community — and wider Kamloops community — in which we support the natural environment, regional economy, and diverse skillset of all industries. The Bee City designation is just one example.
See you out and about!
Written by Angela Halas from the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. Reach the team at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.