Become a Beekeeper
The Nanaimo Beekeepers’ Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization that promotes education for beekeepers and the public of the mid-Vancouver Island region.
Our long established club enjoys an active membership of educators, commercial business operators and hobbyists.
Our goal is to share information and provide a friendly environment for learning to ensure the continued success and good health of honey bees on Vancouver Island.
The Club meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month (excl July, Aug, Dec)
Meetings include education sessions, beginners corner and exchange of bee information from local beekeepers.
Find out more about Membership benefits
Frequently Asked Questions
What you always wanted to know about Bees
Am I allowed to have bees?
Nanaimo’s bylaw allows for up to 3 colonies on any parcel of land under 1 acre, more on larger properties.
Check out the bylaws on www.nanaimo.ca
Will I get stung?
Honeybees are vegetarian, so unlike wasps or hornets, they have no interest in you or your picnic. They will only sting in defense. But all that said, yes, as a beekeeper you probably will get stung.
How much work is it?
More than a cat, but less than a dog. Once an apiary is set up, most beekeepers spend 5 to 30 minutes checking their colonies twice a month between March and October. Most of the work is done by the bees, they even clean up if you take some honey.
How much does it cost?
Like many hobbies, beekeeping has initial startup expenses for equipment and bees, but beyond that, cost is minimal. Most people spend between $250 – $750 for equipment, bees and training. Feeling handy? build your own hive! Plans are available online.
How much honey will i get?
Unfortunately, this is an impossible question to answer. It depends entirely on the weather, your hive, and its location. As much as 75lb per hive, or as little as nothing.