Vancouver Bees for Sale



Beekeeping supply outlets in greater Vancouver

Homestead Junction - Homestead Junction is the only store selling beekeeping supplies in the city of Vancouver (649 E. Hastings) and has most of the beekeeping supplies you will need and some beekeeping expertise.  Good idea to phone before you go to check on availability of supplies.  Homestead Junction

Urban Bee Supplies - Delta - Lindsay is a helpful beekeeping expert and has everything you will need (including beekeeping courses) at her stores in Delta and Victoria at competitive prices.  She sells New Zealand and Chilean packages from March to April and local nucs and queens from May to June.  Urban Bee

B.C. Bee Supply has closed their store for the winter but still offers online sales. They will be reopening soon at their new location at 4759 Hastings St in Burnaby.  They have everything you will need for beekeeping at good prices and offer the earliest local nucs on overwintered queens in April.  B.C. Bee Supply

West Coast Bee Supplies (604-272-1921) bluebob@shaw.ca - Long time beekeeper and farmer Bob has a full beekeeping supply at his store in Richmond but unfortunately has no website yet (14291 Triangle Rd, Richmond - a few blocks from his old location).  He sells packages of bees from New Zealand every year from March to April.

Two Bees Apiary - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

Honeyland Canada -  Their website is outdated and when I have visited their store in Pit Meadows it was lacking in supplies.  Check before you go.   Honeyland

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.

B.C. Bee Supply will have 4 frame local Fraser Valley bee nucs prepared on deep frames with overwintered queens available the first week of April for $210. To order or for more information contact by email.

Urban Bee Supplies will have Light Valley Chilean bee packages arriving March 12 ($229). They will have locally produced packages (local workers with a Chilean Queen) in early April for $235.  They will also have Russian Buckfast Queens available March 30 for $45. To order or reserve a package or queen contact them here

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.

Mason Bee Cocoons and Home (Langley) 20 plus home for $30

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4 comments:

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

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

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  2. Where could one get some Himalayan honey bee's?

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    1. 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 (http://goo.gl/UWCvnF). Looks like fun.

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