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 the lowest prices and offer the earliest local nucs on overwintered queens in March - April.  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 usually sell New Zealand and Chilean 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- This is a beekeeping outlet in Aldergrove run by a master beekeeper that sells bees and provides full beekeeping courses.  She usually sells New Zealand packages from March to April and local nucs and queens from May through June.  To purchase contact them by phone 604-341-8929 or email Shelley shelleyatdancingbeeapiarydotcom   Dancing Bee

West Coast Bee Supplies -Richmond- (604-272-1921) bluebob@shaw.ca -  This is a full beekeeping supply store/house in Richmond (14291 Triangle Rd, Richmond.  No website and phone before you go to check if open. They sell packages of bees from New Zealand every year from March to April.

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 that I know of come from New Zealand (Occasionally 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, 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.  Some commercial pollinators will sell their bees after local pollination which may be weakened by exposure to agrichemicals.  Check your sources.  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 15th in Vancouver to give it time to develop and store an adequate winter food supply. Overwintered nucs should be started by the beginning of August. 
     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.


B.C. Bee Supply (Burnaby)  
Reserve your new colonies of honeybees today and receive them in Spring 2018! All prepaid orders before December 31, 2017 will be at the 2017 price! That is $250 per nuc which includes a $25 refundable nuc box deposit. Place your order today to secure your place in line. All nucs will be made available on a first paid, first served basis. Nucs from BC Bee Supply are local, BC-raised honeybees with overwintered queens in nuc boxes on four deep frames. These colonies feature hardy and healthy bees including one mated queen bee. Please note that live bees are considered livestock and therefore, nuc purchases are not taxable. In addition, there is a mandatory nuc box deposit (refundable upon return in reusable condition) and a strict "no cancellation, no refund" policy. Although, the estimated target date for nuc pick up in Burnaby is in late March 2018, some adjustments to this date may be necessary.  We look forward to helping you get honeybees next year. Click here to access the NUC 2018 order form.

Dancing Bee Apiary (Aldergrove)
We are taking orders for New Zealand packages which will be available for pickup Saturday, March 10, 2018. The cost per package, which includes 2 pounds of worker bees and a young queen, is $250 (no tax)
This year we have a limited amount of packages available and we are requesting payment in full with your order.  Cheques can be made payable to Dancing Bee Apiary and mailed to 6328 264th St. Aldergrove V4W 1P4.  If you prefer to pay by cash or credit card please call us at 604-341-8929 to arrange for your payment.  We also accept payments via interac email transfers to our email at shelley@dancingbeeapiary.comWe are taking orders for NUCS too!
This year our nucs will be from an inspected local commercial beekeeper.   They will be ready for pick up in May.  They will contain a new Carniolan queen bee from Kona Island that will have been laying for at least 2 to 3 weeks.  The cost of the four frame nuc will be $250 (no tax).  There will be an additional partially refundable deposit of $50 for the wooden nuc travel box.


Urban Bee Supplies (Ladner)  Early March Light Valley packages from Chile and early April packages from New Zealand. These are Carniolan bees. The prices are from $250-275.  To reserve your package go here.

5 Frame Nucs (Surrey) Locally raised, overwintered ready at the end of March $230

5 Frame Nucs (N. Burnaby) Overwintered, September Queen, available in March  $250

5 Frame Nucs (Chilliwack) - Strong, full depth nucs with queens from hardy stock available from late May to end of August.

Mason Bee Cocoons (Richmond) 75 cents per cocoon

Mason Bee Cocoons (Coquitlam) 20 for $15

4 acres available for honey bees (Langley)


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






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4 comments:

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

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

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

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    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 (http://goo.gl/UWCvnF). Looks like fun.

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