Vancouver Beekeeping Courses

Become a beekeeper
        There are a number of organizations offering beekeeping courses in the Vancouver area.  This is a list of some of the Schools : B.C. Bee Supply (Burnaby);  Urban Bee Supplies (Delta);  Honeybee Centre (Surrey);  Dancing Bee Apiary in Aldergrove; Dr. Bee in Pitt Meadows;  West Coast Bee Supply in Pitt Meadows;  Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford ; Environmental Youth Alliance in Vancouver; and Langara College in Vancouver.  The government of British Columbia also offers an Introduction to Beekeeping Class in classroom and webinar format for free. There is no specific start date but it usually starts in the middle of March.  They also offer a Bee Master course every other year in February.  For more information go to the provincial government website.     
     While hands on beekeeping experience is a must there are a few free online beekeeping courses available that are very useful.  Ohio State University Bee Lab has created a free "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping Course" based on Dr. Reed Johnson's for-credit OSU Beekeeping Course.  The course consists of video lectures, handouts and readings that can be accessed through iTunes.  They need volunteers to review the course and offer suggestions.  To be a volunteer to review this course fill out this simple registration to receive a link to the course.  
     Another good, free online beekeeping course, "Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation"  (you may log in as a guest) is presented by the University of California.  This course is offered in modules covering topics from very basic beginner beekeeping information to more advanced colony strength evaluation so that the student can choose the module suited to their skill level.  For more books and video series on beekeeping check out the Beekeepers' Library.
     

Greater Vancouver Beekeeping Organizations:
Richmond Beekeepers Association Meeting dates: Second Tuesday or every month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location:
Kinsmen Nature Pavilion from 7:30-9pm, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Langley Bee Club  Meeting dates: 1st Tuesday of each month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location: St. Andrews Church Hall, 20955 Old Yale Road, Langley BC
Surrey Bee Club-  Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Meeting Location: The Honeybee Centre starts at 7pm.  7480 176 St, Surrey

North Shore Beekeeping Club
Burnaby Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 2nd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: 5234 Rumble Street - Contact jobobic@telus.net
Chilliwack Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 4th Wednesday of Every Month. Meeting Location: The Chilliwack Library from 7-8:30pm. Contact: Laura Cameron chilliwackbeekeepers@gmail. com
North Fraser Bee Club (Maple Ridge) Meeting dates: 4th Monday of the Month. Meeting Location: Grow & Gather Garden Center; 7:30pm-9:00pm.  24565 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge.
Squamish Beekeepers AssociationStein Hoff fredahoff@yahoo. ca , 604-898-4188
Maple Ridge Beekeepers AssociationRaena Dumas raenadumas@hotmail. com   604-786-5245

Sea to Sky Beekeepers  
Sunshine Coast Beekeepers 
Point Roberts Bee Club - Meeting dates: The 4th Monday of the month. Meeting Location: Point Roberts Community Center at 1487 Gulf Road. Contact: sfalkjd@gmail.com or thelittlegoldenharp@gmail.com
Pemberton Bee Club Contact: Delores Frans Los, Email: dfflos@hotmail.com
Strathcona Beekeepers Association: Meeting dates every last Sunday from April to October at Cottonwood Garden in Vancouver. Contact: strathconabee@gmail.com

Below is a list of some of the local beekeeping courses available.    

2019

February - Commercial Beekeeping Program
Commercial Beekeeping is a full-time, 9 month program. Through classes, hands-on training, and work experience, you’ll have the skills to start and manage an operation of up to 300 colonies. This career training is a non-university credit program. BC, along with many other parts of the world are facing a shortage of beekeepers. Pollination services are currently in high demand—especially in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region—and the price of honey is at an all-time high. Students who complete the program will be prepared to enter a diverse and in-demand industry.
For more information go to Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


May 11 - August 17 - The Bee School 
Location - Strathcona Community Garden, Vancouver
Cost - $300 (includes manual)
Time - 9:30 - 12 pm (8 sessions)
For more info and to register go here

May 18 - Spring Happenings in the Hive by Campbell's Gold
Location - Abbotsford
Cost - $15
Time - 10 am to 12 pm
For more info and to register go here.


May 18-19 - Beginner Beekeeping Course by Urban Bee Supplies
Location - Urban Bee Delta (Ladner)
Cost - $285
Time - 9-5 Saturday and Sunday
For more info and to register go here.

June 22 - Beekeeping Course Level 3 by Dr. Bee
Location - Dr. Bee in Pitt Meadows
Cost - $99
Time - 9:30- 5:30
For more info and to register go here.

June 28 - 30 - Basic Beekeeping Course by HoneyBee Centre
Location - Honeybee Centre in Surrey
Cost - $349
Time - 9 - 4pm
For more info and to register go here.

July 4 and 25 - Beeswax Candle Making by Campbell's Gold
Location - Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford
Cost - $20
Time - 10 - 11:30 am
For more info and to register go here.

July 8 -12 - Junior Beekeepers Day Camp by Campbell's Gold
Location - Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford
Cost - $210
Ages 8 - 12
Time - 9:30 - 3:30pm
For more info and to register go here.

August 8, 15, 22 and 29 - Open Hive Thursdays by Campbell's Gold
Location - Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford
Cost - $5
Time - 2- 3pm
For more info and to register go here.

August 24 - Fall and Winter Hive Management by Campbell's Gold
Location - Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford
Cost - $15
Time - 9 - 11:30 am
For more info and to register go here.

September 27-28 - Mead Making for Beginners by Campbell's Gold
Location - Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford
Cost - $250
Time - Friday 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturday 10 - 3 pm
For more info and to register go here.


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