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
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: or
Pemberton Bee Club Contact: Delores Frans Los, Email:
Strathcona Beekeepers Association: Meeting dates every last Sunday from April to October at Cottonwood Garden in Vancouver. Contact:

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


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

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.

July 24 - The Natural History of Honey Bees
A presentation and demonstration about the natural history of honey bees. As a Super Organism honey bee colonies are dazzling in their complexity and fascinating to study. We will cover the salient points of what makes a honey bee a honey bee, placing these charming and endearing creatures into an environmental context while learning about their own internal ecology.
Location - U.B.C.
Cost - $35
Time - 7-9 pm
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 10 - Beekeeping
In this workshop, we will discuss types of bees found commonly in gardens and describe their different life cycles,  look at how a beehive is constructed, and what a set-up costs — and how we help organize honey bees in the hive. In addition, we’ll look at the various roles bees perform in the hive, what diseases may be in the hive, and how these can be identified and treated.
Location - U.B.C.
Cost - $35
Time - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
For more info and to register go here.

August 10 - Beekeeping SOS and Overwintering
This beginning and intermediate beekeeper workshop covers how to assess beehives for successful overwintering. We discuss honey stores/feeding, mite treatments, and winterinsulation. We also leave time to address problems from the group. Participants will leave with a calendar of important beekeeping dates to remember and will be able to reach us through our email to ask further questions or advice.
Location - Dunbar Community Centre
Cost - ?
Time - 10 am - 12
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.

August 25 - Honey Bee Day in the Park 
Location - Cottonwood Community Garden in Vancouver
Cost - Free
Time - 12 - 4pm
For more info go here

September 26 - The Wonder of the Honey Bee 
Julia Common will talk about her journey of connecting people with bees. As the co-founder and chief beekeeper of Hives for Humanity, Julia gets people excited about bees, what they do for us, and the honey they make in urban hives. Curiosity about what was in her made-in-Vancouver honey connected Julia with UBC geochemists. Partnership between Hives for Humanity and UBC went beyond anyone’s expectations, leading to the creation of UBC’s BeeHIVE research excellence cluster. All this came about because of the humble honey bee. 
Location - Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall, U.B.C. Vancouver
Cost - Free
Time - 7:00-7:30pm Reception - light refreshments & honey tasting
7:30-8:30pm Lecture - followed by Q&A
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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