Open Market at Extinction Rebellion School Strike for Climate Change

Extinction Rebellion and School Strike for Climate Change are hosting an open market on Thursday, September 26 at Granville market from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Halifax Queen Bee Honey will be there to talk about bees and climate and answer questions and have an observation hive! There are also plans to have a honey extraction demo!

There will be other vendors and musical entertainment that night!


Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association – Fall Technical Session

NSBA is planning their annual Fall Technical Session for October 19, 2019 at Haley Institute at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus.

Please see the poster below for additional information.

Please note: the registration deadline is October 11, 2019. NSBA requires notification with any dietary requirements prior to this date.

NSBA Fall Technical Session 2019

Upcoming Bee Workshops & Events!

Hello Members,

We are excited to share two upcoming events led by some of our members who have partnered with some stellar organizations!

Pollinator-friendly Gardening and Beehive Inspection

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00PM
Location: Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

Description: Did you know that the monarch butterflies you’re seeing now are the ones who will fly all the way back to Mexico?! Did you know that the echinacea flowers that are currently in bloom have medicinal health properties for bees? Help support pollinators by optimizing the final flower blooms of the season, and learn some gardening techniques that will help to prepare your flower beds for next year! This workshop will begin at the MSVU Community Garden where attendees will learn all about gardening for pollinators. Our member Jillian, the campus beekeeper, will then lead an inspection of the honey bees at the campus beehive. See the map below for directions to the garden and beehive.
MSVU Garden and Beehive Location

Hope for Wildlife Open House

Sunday, August 25th, 2019
Time: 12:00-4:00PM
Location: Hope for Wildlife’s Rehabilitation & Education Centre, 5909 Highway 207, Seaforth, NS B0J 1N0

Description: Get a “behind-the-scenes” look at wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with access to bird and mammal nurseries, recovery units, marine unit, and flight cage; there will also be wildlife displays and demonstrations, kids’ activities, live music, barbeque, and silent auction, as well as local exhibitors, crafts, and food. Included in the demonstrations will be a display table with a glass observation hive of honey bees from one of the beehives housed at Hope for Wildlife, as well as an information booth on bees and beekeeping! Our members Jim and Lorraine are the beekeepers at Hope for Wildlife and will be there to answer any questions or discuss any of all things bees! All funds raised support Hope for Wildlife’s efforts to help injured and orphaned wildlife in Nova Scotia. Admission is free.

One of our members has a beehive at Mount Saint Vincent University and is doing a workshop this week for faculty, staff, and students. Members of the Halifax Honey Bee Society are welcome to attend!

Hope to see you then!


Workshop at MSVU

Hello HHBS,

One of our members has a beehive at Mount Saint Vincent University and is doing a workshop this week for faculty, staff, and students. Members of the Halifax Honey Bee Society are welcome to attend!

The workshop will cover basic beekeeping principles while doing an inspection. This is a good opportunity for new beekeepers to ask questions, or for members who are planning on getting bees to get some extra exposure.

Date: July 16th (rain date: July 17th)
Time: 12:00PM
Location: MSVU campus beehive – bench area behind Birch 2 residence building
Happy beekeeping!


“Honey Bee Democracy” Presentation

Honey Bee Democracy!

In this workshop, audiences will learn about the social behaviours of bees! The understanding of honey bees’ organizational behaviour can metaphorically be applied to politics and business tactics for humans! Learnings from Nobel Prize winners and well-known beekeeping authors will be presented while observing the museum’s installation of honey bees. The workshop will also cover basic beekeeping concepts and procedures related to swarms.

This workshop is open to all audiences and museum attendees. Halifax Honey Bee Society members are welcome to attend by donation to the museum.

Date: Wednesday, August 7th
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6 – Meet beside the museum’s honey bee installation

Beginner Bee Intro Session – Postponed to Sunday due to rain

Date: (Changed due to rain) June 23rd
Time: 1:00-3:00PM
Location: 18 Oceanview Drive, Halifax, B3P 2H3

A live bee workshop hosted by 2 Beekeepers, at their home, will guide HHBS members and new beekeepers through hive inspection, reading the comb, assessing colony health, and treating for varroa mites. We’ll also be examining the colony for signs of swarm preparation.

(PLEASE NOTE: live bees, so chance of being stung possible)

We will have open discussion and Q&A throughout, but will likely focus on seasonal forage and preparation for summer nectar flow. Bring hats/ veils/ gloves if you are able; the hosts will have limited hats and veils to loan for the session. Sturdy hiking shoes or boots are encouraged as apiary is on rough-stony ground.

Looking forward to Bee-ing with you!

Welcome to the 2019 Season!

Hello Halifax Honey Bee Society!

Firstly, welcome all new members who have come across our society and have signed up over the winter season! We look forward to meeting you in person and introducing you to the wonderful world of apiculture!

A big thank you to all existing members for all your support throughout the seasons, and for helping fellow beekeepers answer questions over our emailing list.

Below is the tentative schedule for this season.

Halifax Honey Bee Society 2019 Workshops:

1. Intro to beekeeping
Date: June 22nd or June 23rd
Location: Ocean View Drive
Specific date and address TBA

2. Installing a nuc
Date: mid-June
Location and Time: TBA
Please note: This will be an impromptu workshop and will be posted on short notice as the timing is very dependent on the behaviour and activity of the bees.

3. Doing a split
Date: mid to end of June (depending on swarm cells)
Location and Time: TBA
Please note: This will be an impromptu workshop and will be posted on short notice as the timing is very dependent on the behaviour and activity of the bees.

4. Build your own nuc box
Date: July
Location: TBA
Please note: Space is limited to 10 people and there is a cost of $15 per HHBS member to cover the cost of materials

5. Swarm education 101 / Bee democracy
Date: Mid to end July (a Wednesday evening)
Location: Museum of Natural History

6. Hope for Wildlife Open House: Observation hive, displays of wild bees and comb, samples of honey, information booth
Date: August 18th

7. Creating a bee-friendly garden
Date: August 25th – Please note the date change!
Time: 3:00-4:00PM
Location: Mount Saint Vincent University Community Garden, at the top of Seton Road right turn by the meadows, 166 Bedford Highway. #11 on the following campus map:

Click to access CampusMap(1).pdf

8. Honey extraction
Date: mid-August or early September
Location: Dartmouth


External Bee Events:

Small Scale Beekeepers Field Day: Wood ‘n’ Honey
Date: June 9th
Time: 12:30-4:30PM
Location: 1284 Starrs Point Road, Port Williams, NS
Hosts: Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association
Event details:

The 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress
Date: September 8-12th
Location: Montreal
Event details:

We aim to organize 5-6 workshops per season. Although we would like to schedule more opportunities for “keeps” to collaborate and gain hands-on experience in a variety of apiaries, many of our workshops are weather dependent, and times are subject to change due to rain or other unexpected bee-related occurrences. We also operate by the generous contribution of our members, and all of our workshops are ran on a volunteer basis. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, or you would like to volunteer as a host for a hive demonstration, please email us at

Thank you all for cross-pollinating knowledge and flowers in the HRM!

All the bee-st,
Halifax Honey Bee Society

Honey Extraction Workshop

Join us Saturday, August 25th for our annual Honey Extraction Workshop!

If you have any honey to extract, this is an excellent time to do so! Bring as many frames as you’d like. Please bring a small jar to the workshop if you would like to take some honey home (or enough jars for your personal honey extracted).

Where: 2 Murray Hill Drive, Dartmouth
When: 2:00 PM

Please RSVP by emailing so we have an estimate of how many people are planning to attend.

Beekeeping Workshop

Time:  Tentatively scheduled for 1PM on Saturday, 30 June.

Place:  31 Roupen Court, Hammonds Plains

The focus of this workshop will be the installation of nucs into permanent hives.  It will be a time for people not familiar with bees and backyard operations to see the setting up of a hive.  It can also be a time to just discuss issues about beekeeping.