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 at good prices and offers the earliest local nucs on overwintered queens in 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 sell New Zealand and Chilean packages from March to April and local nucs and queens from May to June.  Urban Bee

Homestead Junction - Vancouver- Homestead Junction at 649 E. Hastings has minimal beekeeping supplies (frames, foundation, bottom board).    Homestead Junction

West Coast Bee Supplies -Richmond- (604-272-1921) -  This is a full beekeeping supply store in Richmond (14291 Triangle Rd, Richmond - a few blocks from their old location).  They sell packages of bees from New Zealand every year from March to April.

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 full service beekeeping outlet in Aldergrove run by a master beekeeper that sells equipment and 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

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

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 and primarily from the two companies Arataki and Kintail, both long time producers of bee packages (Packages Bees - Ministry of Agriculture).  This year Chilean packages are also available.  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 bee 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
     We're fortunate to have an increasing supply of local nucs available in the spring.  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.  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, 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.  I recommend you buy a nuc before June 15th in Vancouver to it give time to develop and store a winter food supply. Overwintered nucs should be started by the beginning of August.

* This year because of the cool, wet weather the swarm season and local nuc and queen availability will be delayed by a few weeks. It also appears that the prices have escalated dramatically. Packages and nucs have been selling for $225-$250. Last year prices were considerably lower. One seller (Urban Bee) has dropped their prices from $252 to $225 in less than a week. I think patience is the key when buying and if possible buying from a known quality producer not the retailer.

B.C. Bee Supply  will have local nucs available in the first or second week of June for $225 ($25 deposit on the nuc box). To order or for more information contact by email.

Dancing Bee Apiary  will have 4 frame nucs available around May 15 from an inspected, local commercial beekeeper for $235. The nucs will have a new Carnolian queen from Kona Island that will have been laying for at least 2-3 weeks. Local queens will be available starting in May/June.  To reserve a package, nuc or queen phone or email.

4 Frame Top Bar Nuc (VGH) $225

40 beehives (Richmond and Surrey) $400 each.

Top Bar Beehives (Guildford) $150.

Cedar Top Bar Hive (East Van) $40

B.C. Breeder and Livestock Contact and Sales Information


Unknown said...

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

Apis Mellifera said...

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

Jersey Rico said...

Where could one get some Himalayan honey bee's?

Apis Mellifera said...

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 ( Looks like fun.

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