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; Honeyland Canada in Pitt Meadows;  Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford ; Capilano University in North Vancouver; Environmental Youth Alliance in Vancouver; and Langara College in Vancouver.   We offer a number of free introduction to beekeeping classes in May-June at Cottonwood Garden in Vancouver.  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.  

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:

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


January - Commercial Beekeeping Program
Commercial Beekeeping is a full-time, 11-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.

3 hour Wintering Workshop at Urban Bee Supplies: $50.00

Where: Urban Bee Supplies Inc. @ 6721 Ladner Trunk Road
Date:Saturday November 3, 2018
Time: 9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm
Location: 6721 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta B.C, V4K 5C8
What will you learn and how does the class work? All students will be sent emails from the middle of August until the end of November with specific duties to perform in your hives.  These duties will be the essential keys to having success throughout the winter.  They are tried and tested, and they work!!  At the beginning of November, we’ll have an in-class workshop for 3-4 hours reviewing the duties performed, understanding why they were done, and preparing for spring build up.  Don’t lose your bees this winter, the worst thing for a beekeeper is opening your hive in the middle of December to a pile of wet moldy bees.  We can help!!  We will give you varying options on what to do, and all you have to do is follow along.  It’s easy.  And the email reminders will keep you on track.

Why are there 2 different options for classes? This year we’re offering 2 class options, one is for students that just want to receive the emails throughout the fall and winter, the other class is for those students that want the emails, along with a 3-hour review class and personal group instruction with Lindsay Dault.


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