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Upcoming events


Sunday, April 29, 2018. Potluck Supper and Beekeepers Gathering, Bonavista Peninsula. Peter Armitage will show one of the Fletcher and Mary Colpitts video recordings from NLBKA conference last November, followed by a general-purpose discussion about whatever the priorities the group wishes to explore.  Date:  Sunday, April 29Time:    5:00 pm for the potluck. The "organized" part of the gathering will start at 6:30 pmand run for a couple of hours.  Location: Portland, Bonavista Bay.   Contact: Peter Armitage for directions . 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  An Introduction to Beekeeping at the MUN Botanical Garden. The NLBKA in partnership with the MUN Botanical Garden will discuss the basics of honey beekeeping.  This session is designed to show people who know very little about honey bees what equipment is needed, books to read, and courses to take in preparation for keeping honey bees.  Not hands on, but basic information.  Date: Wednesday, May 2. Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Location: MUN Botanical Garden.  Cost: $5.00.  Registration: 864-8590  or


Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Introductory Overview of Beekeeping From Paradise Farms. Aubrey Golding of Paradise Farms will offer a three hour event. The Workshop is intended to prepare the potential beekeeper for his/her first year of beekeeping.  Topics discussed will include sourcing bees and equipment, biology of the colony, seasonal management, urban beekeeping and challenges. Aubrey has 28 years of beekeeping experience in Newfoundland, has an Environmental Studies degree from University of Waterloo, a diploma in Forest Technology, and a Master Beekeeper Certificate from the University of Guelph. Date:  Wednesday, May 16.  Time:  from 7 - 10 pm. Location: 97 St. Thomas Line. Cost: $40.00.  Register:  709-782-1435


May 26, 27, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday) also  June 9, 10, 2018    June 23, 24, 2018.  G & M Family Farm and Apiary.  BeekeepingIntroductory Course With Hands On ExperienceGerard Smith has two decades of experience working with honey bees.  After 13 years experience on the Mainland he set up his apiary in Placentia Bay 6 years ago. He has special training in artificial insemination of queen bees, and carries many supplies for beekeeping at his farm.  Gerard will impart his years of study and experience during these workshops, along with consultant Entomologist, Dr. Barry Hicks. During this intensive 2 day course Gerard will focus on all aspects of beekeeping: hands-on equipment assembly & selection, seasonal beekeeping responsibilities, bee biology, two sessions working with live bees, assessing brood patterns, frame manipulation to get "winter ready", identification and marking a queen, how to install a nucleus colony ("nuc"), how to set up a swarm trap, and how to catch a swarm, identification and selection of pollinator friendly plants and apiary site selection. Lunches are included with registration fee, as well as coffee and refreshment breaks. Time:  from 10:00am - 5:00pm, both Saturday and Sunday.  Location:  G&M Family Farm 28 Old Settlement Hill, Freshwater (Placentia Bay). There is a maximum of 12 attendees per session. Registration fee:  $190 for NLBKA members, $220 for non-members.  Registration must be paid in full at sign up.  50% refund if cancelling 10 days before the course.  To register:  or call (709) 213-BEES (2337).


Thursday, May 31, 2018.  Really Saving the Bees – Newfoundland & Labrador’s Native Pollinators and How to Encourage Them in Your GardenEntomologist Dr. Barry Hicks of College of the North Atlantic and Vice-president of the NLBKA, and Todd Boland of the MUN Botanical Garden will talk about the native bee species that live all around us, and how to keep them healthy and thriving.  This session is designed to show people the wide variety of pollinators and their need for a clean environment and places to make nests.  The best varieties of plants to provide good forage through the growing season will be highlighted, and what you can do to help save these important bee species. Date: Thursday, May 31. Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Location: MUN Botanical Garden. Cost: $5.00 Registration: 864-8590 or



June 1 – October 15 – Tuesday, Thursday and SaturdaysHoney Bee Hikes at Adelaide’s Honey Bee, Pollinator and Wildflower Reserve.  This Eco-Agri-Tourism experience offers something for everyone – education, research, tourism, agriculture and our Newfoundland heritage.Located ten minutes from downtown St John’s, in the heartland of the agricultural belt, the reserve is inland away from the ocean coast providing a micro-climate where honeybees and native pollinators can forage for longer periods of time.  Come explore a unique outdoor adventure:

 • Honey bees and native pollinators foraging on wildflowers. Observe them returning to their hive with pollen and nectar.

 • Learn the fundamentals of low impact beekeeping.

 • Open up a beehive and see inside.

 • Walk our wilderness trail where you may see grouse, rabbits, waterfowl, songbirds in a protected natural habitat.

 • Learn about Newfoundland wildflowers and our boreal forest.

 Tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9:45am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-3:45pm.Reservations: taken for small groups of 4 to 8 people.  Admission: Adults – $48.00 Children under 14 – $20.00.   HST includedHikes from June 1st until October 15th and hikes will proceed rain or shine. To reserve your honey bee hike please contact us through email.


Saturday, Sunday September 15-16, 2018G & M Family Farm and Apiary. Beekeeping advanced course. Following on from the basic beekeeping course.  Details to be announced at a later date. Lunch each day included with registration fee, as well as coffee and refreshment breaks. Date: September 15-16, 2018. Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Location: G&M Family Farm, 28 Old Settlement Hill, Freshwater (Placentia Bay).  Registration fee: To be announced for NLBKA members,  $50 more for non-members.  Registration must be paid in full at sign up.  50% refund if cancelling 10 days before the course. To register, please contact  or call (709) 213-BEES (2337).


Saturday, Sunday September 22, 23, 2018G & M Family Farm and Apiary. Evaluating Nosema infection in honey bees.  There are two types of Nosema that affect honey bees.  This hands-on workshop will help beekeepers identify Nosema using microscopes.  Further details will be announced at a later date. Lunch included with registration fee, as well as coffee and refreshment breaks. Date:  Tentatively, September 22, 23, 2018.  Saturday and Sunday.  Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm.  Location:  28 Old Settlement Hill, Freshwater (Placentia Bay). To be announced for NLBKA members,  $50 more for non-members.  Registration must be paid in full at sign up.  50% refund if cancelling 10 days before the course.   To register, please contact  or call (709) 213-BEES (2337).


Some images from the November 2016 AGM


Alison Van Alten, keynote speakerAlison Van Alten, keynote speaker


Alison Van Alten (Tuckamore Bee Company) from Guelph, Ontario, gave us two wonderful presentations.






Judy Skinner & Catherine DempseyJudy Skinner & Catherine Dempsey

 The Association presented pioneering beekeeper Wally Skinner (Pasadena, Newfoundland) with an award in recognition and appreciation of his significant contribution to beekeeping in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Judy Skinner (left) accepted the award on behalf of her spouse, Wally.





Phillip CairnsPhillip Cairns



Phillip Cairns explained his winter ventilation strategy.






Dan PriceDan Price



Dan Price gave a honey tasting session.






Miscellaneous membersMiscellaneous members



Participants absorbed in the presentation.






Miscellaneous membersMiscellaneous members



Members attended from many parts of the Island.






Miscellaneous AGM photoMiscellaneous AGM photo


Comfortable meeting space at the Fluvarium.







Past events

  •  NLBKA PROVINCIAL WORKSHOP & AGM. November 3-5, 2017, Mt. Peyton Hotel, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

  • Video coverage of the NLBKA and MUN Botanical Gardens' general information session, "So You Want to Keep Bees." Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, MUN Botanical Gardens, Mount Scio Road, St. John's.
  • 23 February 2017 - Bee Social. The Rocket, St. John's.
  • 22 January 2017 - Gathering of beekeepers and wannabes from the Bonavista Peninsula-Clarenville-Port Blandford region, Portland.
  • 4-5 November 2016 - Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association AGM, Fluvarium, St. John's.
  • 18 July  2016 - Dr. Barry Hicks, lunchtime public lecture about the biology, diseases, and pollination significance of native bee and honey bee species.  College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook.
  • 16 July 2016 - NLBKA president, Dr. Dan Price, beekeeping table at the  Mount Pearl Fun Day.
  • 30 May, 2016 - "The Buzz on Bees",  NLBKA & O'Brien's Farm Foundation, presentations by Barry Hicks, Dan Price and Ross Traverse. St. John's.
  • G&M Farms Introductory Beekeeping Courses.  May 21/22 2016, etc.  Freshwater (Placentia Bay).
  • 6-7 November 2015 - Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association AGM, Lester's Farm Chalet, St. John's, NL 
  • 22 August 2015 - introduction by Gerard Smith to the new Urban Beekeeping Education Centre, O'Brien's Farm, St. John's
  • 1-2 August 2015 - Apiary visits - Wally Skinner (Pasadena), Phillip Cairns (Flatrock), Aubrey Goulding (Paradise), Vickie Walsh and Jan Snellen (Burnt Cove). 





 Dr. Dan Price is offering educational presentations to youth groups by request, early fall and spring.  His presentations include a demonstration hive.  Rules of the sponsoring/organizing body apply (e.g., schools, scouts, guides, etc.). For more information contact Dr. Price at drdanielprice at gmail dot com




MacPherson cub pack honey bee demonstration, 7 October 2015.