Nanaimo Beekeepers Club

Links to educational resources, videos and Information that will help you on your bee keeping journey

Library Books and DVD’s

The Nanaimo Beekeepers Clubs owns and shares a considerable collection of books to its members. These can be viewed and checked out at each club meeting.

Pollinator Partnership

All pollinators are important, this site holds lots of information about bees and others critical to food and ecosystems

Floral calendar

Floral calendars provide information on the yearly cycles in the flow of nectar for honey production and availability of pollen in your area


Excellent articles about all aspects of beekeeping, well written and well organized.

The Importance of Bees

While the production of honey is important for the economy, there are various other ways that bees contribute to modern-day society.

The Practical Beekeeper

Almost all the information from Michael Bush book about Beekeeping Naturally is available on this site.

BC Honey Producers Association

Promoting and encouraging beekeeping in British Columbia

BC Ministry of Agriculture

Monitors for bee diseases and pests through bee inspections and the delivery of educational services & a full range of laboratory diagnostic services

Canadian Honey Council

The national association of beekeepers representing 8,000 apiculturists across Canad

​Be on the lookout for Asian giant hornets this spring and summer

The BC Ministry of Agriculture issued a new Asian Giant Hornet release a couple of days ago Read More

Wasp/Yellow Jacket & Asian Giant Hornet Traps

To manage existing wasp problem by trapping/killing spring queens, and detection of Asian
Giant Hornet (AGH) emerging queens (if any) in the spring. Please see details here

Beginner Beekeeper?

Here are some excellent free online resources to get you started 

Establishing a Honey Bee Colony - Success in the first year

Everything you need to know in your first year.

Backyard Beekeeping

Free online beginner book

Introductory Beekeeping Training Program

Online program from the Ohio State Beekeepers’ Association

Beekeeping Basics

Comprehensive and detailed book for the backyard beekeeper

Beekeeping: The Essential Guide

A step by step introduction to beekeeping

A Year in the Life of an Apiary

An 8 episode video series to teach novices

Equipment For Beginners

What do you need to get started

Hive Location and Setup

How to select and set up a hive location

Colony Collapse Disorder

Natural Beekeeping Preventing CCD

Protecting Pollinators

Washington State University Movie

Bee Videos & Films

For an extensive list of bee videos check out Strathcona Beekeepers site

Bee Sampling Procedure and Address

You need to send a bee sample of at least 50 adult bees. To ship, dry the sample first in a paper bag, place in the freezer for a few days and then mail in a container where any excess space is filled with paper towels, toilet paper or any other moisture-absorbing material.

Don’t forget to include your contact info!

Ship to:
Paul van Westendorp
Provincial Apiarist
1767 Angus Campbell Road, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2M3
Phone: 604-556-3129 / Fax: 604-556-3015

Contact Us

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