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 :   Urban Bee Supplies (Delta); BC Bee Supply (Burnaby);  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.     
     For more books, video series and online courses on beekeeping check out our Beekeepers' Library above.

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
New Westminster Beekeepers Association - Meeting weekly from March to October in the Queens Park bee yard.
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. 


Honeybee Centre in Surrey offers a complete 3 day beekeeping course for $249. Learn from experts how to keep bees yourself. Designed for anyone interested in beekeeping—whether it’s two hives in your backyard or 50+ in a semi-commercial beekeeping operation. Over two and a half classroom-based days, you’ll learn about biology and the management tasks you can expect to encounter in a basic beekeeping operation, and much more.

Dr. Bee in Pitt Meadows offers a comprehensive 3 day beekeeping course for $275. This course is designed for those who wish to learn about the basics of honeybee biology, hive products, and the fundamentals of beekeeping. Suitable for beginners looking to become hobbyist beekeepers, backyard growers, or commercial beekeepers. They also offer a 1 day advanced course for $125.

Online Webinars

Two Bees In A Podcast is presented by the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory.  Each week they host an episode on beekeeping related topics like bee communication, exposure to pesticides during pollination, mite control, infectious disease, swarms, waggle dance .....  To be notified of upcoming podcasts ...   "We are excited to share our "Two Bees in a Podcast". Have questions or comments? Please contact us at 

Beekeeping Today Podcast  The weekly podcast for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today's beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.


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