for Beginners

Try your hand at keeping bees

Learn the art and science of apiculture, through a mix of classroom and hands-on learning.  Our full-day introductory beekeeping course will give you the knowledge you need to get started keeping honeybees

Topics include: introduction to honeybee biology, beekeeping equipment, seasonal hive management, bee diseases and their treatment, and Ontario regulations and resources.


In the hands-on portions of the day, you will learn how to inspect a beehive and handle frames of bees.  Class size is limited to 12 participants.  Includes lunch. Bee jacket and gloves available to borrow  or bring your own.

  • Honeybee Day | Saturday August 20th 2022
    Membership Offer
    Aug. 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
    Gees Bees Honey Company | Ottawa, 538 River Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 1E9, Canada
  • HiveShare Bee Day at Wesley Clover Parks
    Sep. 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Wesley Clover Parks, 401 Corkstown Rd, Nepean, ON K2H 8G2, Canada
  • HiveShare Bee Day at Gees Bees
    Sep. 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Gees Bees Honey Company, 538 River Rd, Gloucester, ON K1V 1E9, Canada

What our students say

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Had the pleasure of attending Marianne & Matthew's beekeeping workshop. The hands on portion gave me the confidence and knowledge I need to inspect my own hive. Thanks for introducing me to a very fascinating hobby.

— Haidee

Both Matt and Marianne are friendly, knowledgeable, kind andvery patient. They welcome questions and never rush you. We all learnt a lot about bees
and how honey is actually made. Great time. Highly recommend for all ages

- Janice