Vancouver Bees for Sale

Beekeeping supply outlets in greater Vancouver

B.C. Bee Supply - Burnaby- They have opened their new store at 4759 Hastings St in Burnaby.  They have everything you will need for beekeeping including beekeeping courses at low prices and packages and early local nucs on overwintered queens in the spring.  B.C. Bee Supply

Urban Bee Supplies - Delta - They have everything you will need (including beekeeping courses) at their stores in Delta and Victoria at competitive prices.  They sell packages from March to April and local nucs and queens from May to June.  Urban Bee

Two Bees Apiary -North Vancouver- Lianne at Two Bees is a master beekeeper and they have online shopping with most beekeeping supplies and pick up in North Vancouver - Two Bees
Dancing Bee Apiary -Aldergrove- Dancing Bee runs beekeeping classes and sells packages, nucs and queens.   Dancing Bee

West Coast Bee Supplies -Pitt Meadows-  No longer Bob in Richmond, this store offers all supplies and bees.  Golden Meadow Honey Farm

Six Legs Good Apiaries -Vancouver- This East Vancouver beekeeping company sells honey, nucs and queens.  Six Legs Good   For information on Queens and Nucs contact 6legsgood(at)gmail(dot)com.

Vancouver Honeybees -Vancouver- This is a Warre hive only (natural beekeeping according to Abbe Warre) supply outlet that you can purchase equipment and bees by contacting them by email.   buzzatvancouverhoneybeesdotcom Vancouver- Warre Hives

Crown Bees (Canada) - Crown Bees sells native bee (non honey bee) products.  Though based in Washington State they now have a local Canadian outlet and can provide you with both mason and leafcutter bees.  They have a full product line with cocoons, nesting tubes and houses.  Their website and newsletter are good information sources. Crown Bees

BEEdiverse -  This local company run by Dr. Margriet Dogeterom (Bee expert of both honey and native bees) specializes in native mason and leafcutter bees.  BEEdiverse   Their blog is a good information source.

Bees, Honey and Beekeeping Equipment For Sale:

      In British Columbia we can legally import packages of bees from Australia, New Zealand and Chile (No U.S. Bees) and queens from Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and approved sources in the continental U.S. and Chile.  Most of the imported packages come from New Zealand (Occasionally Australia and Chile) and primarily from the two companies Arataki and Kintail, both long time producers of bee packages (Packages Bees - Ministry of Agriculture).  Packages will be available from March-April from Urban Bee Supplies, B.C. Bee Supplies, West Coast Bee Supplies and Dancing Bee Apiary.  Imported honey bee packages are inspected at the airport by the CFIA for diseases and pests and local commercial honey bee sellers should have a release form from a regional bee inspector.  Having said this there is no guarantee your bees will be free of diseases or pests.  

    * If you know of beekeeping supplies not mentioned here please let us know.  As beekeepers we are always in search of the holy grail; strong, local survivor stock. 
Local Nucs
     I think it's important for us to decrease our dependence on imported bees.  Many of the major pests and diseases we are dealing with are imported and our reliance on imported early spring packages prevents us from developing a strong, local, survivor stock bee population.  As E. Punnett and M. Winston of Simon Fraser University suggested 30 years ago "a local bee production industry would not only be a new and lucrative source of income for local beekeepers, but may be essential to the survival of Canadian beekeeping." (A Comparison of Package and Nucleus Production from Honey Bee Colonies)  
     A bee nuc should have a minimum of 2 frames of brood in varying stages (a laying queen with good brood pattern) and 2 frames of food (honey and pollen).  Before buying consider weighing the pros and cons of a nuc vs a package (Honey Bee Nucs vs Packages).  When buying a nuc in May - June it is important to know the history of the bee breeder; are the bee's tested for hygienics?; whether the bees have been inspected or treated and whether the bees have been employed in commercial pollination (Questions you might want to ask your nuc supplier).  Some commercial pollinators will sell their bees after local pollination which may be weakened by exposure to agrichemicals.  Check your sources (Questions to ask queen suppliers).  The bees and equipment listed below is merely a list of some available and not a recommendation by us.  Check your sources.  I recommend you buy a nuc (4-5 frame) before June in Vancouver to give it time to develop and store an adequate winter food supply. 
     To register your bees with the B.C. government (don't be frightened) - "Anyone keeping bees in B.C. must be registered. It is also a legislated requirement to register the apiary locations where bees are kept." fill out the online registration form
     The B.C. Honey Producers Association benefits the hundreds of beekeepers in the province by allowing us to work together and to stay in touch with other beekeepers on the most recent information on hive health, the state of the industry, and tips and tricks of the trade. Your membership helps to fund many programs, research, membership in the Canadian Honey Council, our quarterly magazine and semi-annual meetings. The BCHPA is supported through volunteer work.  B.C. Honey Producers Association membership can be purchased online or by mail and includes a one year subscription to the publications BeesCene and HiveLights.

BC Bee Supply in Burnaby will have imported bee packages (1 kilo) from Australia and/or New Zealand from March 7 to April 10 ($270) and local nucs from April - June for $270.

Urban Bee Supplies in Ladner and the Island will have 1 kilo and 1.5 kilo Tasmanian and Arataki bee packages from New Zealand available from early March  to early April for $232 - 280.

West Coast Bee Supply in Pitt Meadows will have spring bee packages for $250.

Dancing Bee Apiary in Aldergrove will have 1 kilo packages of bees from New Zealand available March 7 and April 4 for $255.

B.C. Bee Breeders Association - A listing of B.C. producers of Queens, Queen cells, packages and nucs.

B.C. Honey Producers Association Classified Ads



  1. the 5 beehives from poco are no longer available. Lady said long time gone but ad was never removed. :(

    1. Thanks. I had a lot of folks asking about the bees. Too bad she didn't remove the ad when she sold them.

  2. Where could one get some Himalayan honey bee's?

    1. You can't get Himalayan honey bees. There are a few species of honey bees in the Himalayas but I assume you mean the giant apis laboriosa. It is aggressive, does not live in hives and has never been kept in the beekeeping sense. You can however go Himalayan honey hunting ( Looks like fun.


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