Bee drinks nectar from flower

Beginner beekeeping

How to get started with honeybees.

Tales from the Hive

Follow us on our journey as we learn to keep bees in Ontario.

Events in Fall 2019

Final honey harvest | Treat for varroa | Fall sugar feeding (if required) | winterizing hive

Stings to date

Swarms to date

Active colonies

Years experience

Give me yummy local honey!

Tales from the hive

Robber bees

Late in the season, as the nectar flow dries up, honey bees face a brand new challenge—Robber bees. This new threat spells trouble for weaker hives.

Oh, Honey!

Oh baby! We are flush with honey! When we started beekeeping, we were told not to expect honey the first year. Bees are focused on building comb and stocking up for the winter during the first year, so there often isn’t an excess of honey that can be extracted. If it...

It’s a queen bee bonanza!

On July 12, 2017,  we successfully re-queened Sunshine hive with a new Carnolian queen, Lola, courtesy the Ottawa Community Beekeepers (OCB).