Nanaimo Beekeepers Club

Membership information

The club has been established for many decades and currently enjoys an active membership of educators, commercial businesses 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.

Membership is from January 1st to December 31st.

DUES per year are $15 individual or $20 for family members, payable at the January meeting or online.

Membership benefits are Monthly meetings with special guest speakers, beekeeping demonstrations, question and answer sessions, access to honey production equipment, bee yard, library and a variety of other information sharing opportunities.

Renew your membership

You can now renew your Bee Club Membership online. Please fill out this form
Payment options are eTransfer or mail in cheque.
Of course you can still renew your membership in person at the January meeting

Would you like to join?

Please come to one of our meeting or email us for more details.

Bee Buddies

is a way for beekeepers to connect, share tips, and ideas.  Use the bee buddy list to reach out to other beekeepers in your area.

Find out more

Honey Extractors

The Club has two extractors for rental ($5 per day) to aid your honey extraction. If you’re interested, please send an mail

 

 

Meetings

The Nanaimo Beekeepers Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month (excluding July, August, and December) at 7PM
Beginners Corner starts at 6:30 and is open for everyone that has questions about bees and bee keeping. 

Please join us at Vancouver Island University 
Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place,
Building 170, 900 Fifth St, Nanaimo 
(link to Google Maps)

 

 

Meeting Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Beginners Corner from 18:30
Meeting starts at 19:00
 
Agenda:

to be announced

Meeting Tuesday, March 25, 2020
Beginner's Corner starts at 18:30
Meeting beginns at 19:00
Agenda: 
 

Upcoming Events

Foundations of Successful Beekeeping Course

2 days of in class instructions on Feb 29 and March 7
Plus one Field day  (TBD)
Cost: $225 per person / $375 per couple (Discounts for active club members) 

Online Registration is now open

This extensive course will give you all the information you need to understand the fundamentals of successfully keeping honey bees. You will learn the biology, anatomy and lifecycle of the bee, castes and development, hive components, seasonal colony management including disease and Integrated Pest Management, installing a new colony, and everything else required to get you up and running with the fascinating and rewarding hobby of beekeeping. This is an excellent course for complete ‘newbees’ to the world of beekeeping, and also serves as a very comprehensive program for novice beekeepers with 1-2 years of experience, who want to strengthen their understanding of bees and maximize their successes.

We will first establish a solid understanding of the life of a bee, upon which the bulk of the course will serve to give you the knowledge and confidence of what your bees require from their beekeeper to maximize the health of the colony year-round. There are many excellent reasons why you might be interested in learning about bees and wanting to keep bees of your own. Regardless of our individual reasons, our best chance to get there is to maintain strong, healthy colonies of bees. This will be our focus and creates the underlying foundation of the course.

Your instructor for this fun, thought-provoking and insightful course will be Mark Schilling, a Certified Bee Master and full-time beekeeper. Mark is the proprietor of Bee Furniture, a local Nanaimo company that offers hand-crafted honey bee hives and related equipment, with a focus on build and finishing quality, and design features that address some of the challenges faced in our temperate, moist West Coast climate. Mark started his journey into beekeeping some 7 years ago, and soon after decided to pursue beekeeping and hive-building as his full-time occupation. In the years since, he has conducted countless beekeeping courses and clinics, and enjoys advancing his own education of bees by employing science and staying abreast of the latest discoveries in the world of apiculture. Above all, Mark remains passionate and excited about helping new and experienced beekeepers alike.

We welcome any questions you may have about the course and what will be presented. This will be a thorough and detailed course but will include lots of time for questions.

Field Days

Field Days for 2019 are now completed we will announce in the new year if these will start up again for next season

The field days will likely start March 3rd, or April 7th if the weather in March isn’t conducive to opening hives. These will be held the first Sunday of each month (weather permitting). Members will be asked to volunteer to host the field day, where other members will visit their apiary on the date in question, with Wendi Gilson (our Provincial Apiculture Inspector for Vancouver Island) assisting with advice and an experienced set of eyes.

Bee Buddies

Bee Buddies is a way for beekeepers to connect, share tips, and ideas.  Buddy contact lists will be created and shared by geographical areas.  Planning on working your hives? Need a second set of eyes? Interested in seeing other beekeeper’s set-ups?  Use the bee buddy list to reach out to other beekeepers in your area. Sign up is available at club meetings starting Jan 23 2019. 

By signing up:

  • You consent to your contact information being shared with beekeepers in your geographical area on the bee buddy list.
  • You understand that Bee Buddy contact lists may facilitate connections with other beekeepers but make no guarantee as to the veracity or quality of information shared. As always, your own research is central to making informed beekeeping decisions.
For any questions about Bee Buddies

To avoid any contamination when visiting other hives, buddies may bring a clean bee jacket and single use disposable gloves (ie. nitrile), but leave all other hive tools and equipment at home.

Nanaimo Bee Club Executive Team

President: Peter Lange

Treasurer: Mark Schilling

Director: Aaron Grant

Director: John Holubeshen

Director: Christine Schilling

Library, BeeBuddies

Director: Sabine Blackburn

Membership, Website, Social Media

Contact Us

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