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 are $15 per year, payable at the January meeting or submitted via mail.

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.

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




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 27, 2019

Wendi Gilson our Provincial Apiculture Inspector for Vancouver Island) will be our guest speaker.

Meeting Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The guest speaker will be Dr. Alison McAfee who has just completed her Ph.D. in Genome Sciences and Technology at UBC, working under the guidance of Dr. Leonard Foster. Dr. McAfee has successfully defended her thesis in determining the molecular mechanism of hygienic behavior in honey bees.

Meeting Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Upcoming Events

FREE Workshop - Basic Considerations for Backyard Beekeeping

The Gathering Place (Building 170) at VIU in Nanaimo, on Sunday, February 17th 2019, 9:30am until 12:30pm 

This workshop will be presented by Mark Schilling. As a small-scale beekeeper, Mark is a Certified Bee Master, one of the directors of Nanaimo Beekeepers Club, and owner of Bee Furniture, a local company offering hand-crafted honey bee hives and related equipment.

Mark’s presentation, “Basic Considerations for Backyard Beekeeping”, will discuss some considerations for anyone interested in keeping bees on Vancouver Island, whether its in a residential back yard, a hobby farm, or even atop the roof of an apartment building.

Topics will include Honey Bee Biology, Hive Components, Hive Placement, Time Management, Financial and Other Considerations. This clinic will run from 9:30am until 12:30pm and will include plenty of time for questions and answers. If you’re interested in keeping bees but are unsure of where to start or what’s involved, you won’t want to miss this FREE clinic!

You can register for the event through the link below or just drop in.
Online registration for this free event

FREE Workshop - Honey Bee Disease Identification & Management

The Gathering Place (Building 170) at VIU in Nanaimo, on Sunday, February 17th 2019, 1pm until 4pm 

Wendi Gilson, the Provincial Apiculture Inspector for Vancouver Island North, will be discussing Honey Bee Disease Identification, Best Management Practices, and Integrated Pest Management.

Honey Bees in Western Canada can be subjected to myriad different parasites, pathogens including fungal and bacterial infections, and other issues. Becoming a successful beekeeper here on Vancouver Island requires a reasonably thorough understanding of these potential diseases. Thankfully, Wendi has prepared a very thorough presentation including a slide show which will demonstrate many symptoms of the problems facing local beekeepers and their colonies, as well as ways of preventing such maladies and effective treatments for each.

Wendi brings with her a wealth of knowledge surrounding honey bees, and is probably one of the most qualified beekeepers in Western Canada to present this material, having been a Provincial Inspector for a number of years – we are very lucky to have her! This workshop will be geared towards those who already have some experience with bees, but is a very important part of learning how to effectively keep your colonies as strong and healthy as possible.

You will not find a more thorough clinic on this subject, especially for the price (it’s also FREE)!

You can register for the event through the link below, email us or just drop in.
Online registration for this event




Field Days

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.

More details to follow soon

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: Lloyd Erickson

Director: Aaron Grant

Director: John Holubeshen

Director: Mark Schilling

Membership, BeeBuddies

Director: Christine Schilling

Library, BeeBuddies

Director: Sabine Blackburn

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