The beekeepers from around the Golden Horseshoe area are one of the largest and liveliest groups in Ontario.  We meet to discuss items of interest exchange best practices and current issues or problems beekeepers face.  Often talks are given by individuals in the industry from the Ontario Tech-Transfer program or from other individuals in the beekeeping community.  If you want to learn more about beekeeping, or share your experiences this is for you.

Email me at gene@goldenhorseshoebeekeepers.ca if you have any questions, comments or additions to the website.

Progress pictures from our 2 teaching hives from 2016 can be found on the 2nd tab or click here.

Lots of new topics posted each day on our GHBA Group Discussions page.  Please check them out & feel free to comment!

Annual membership in the GHBA is only $50.  

So you want to be a beekeeper!   Check out the OBA site on getting started for costs, time investment, rules, restrictions etc.  All you need to know!  OBA - getting started

2015 GHBA activities

Upcoming Meeting Dates: Marritt Hall Ancaster Fair Grounds 7:30 pm. 

- Feb 15th Election of new board (President, VP, Treasurer & Secretary)
- Jan 18th 1st meeting of 2018  Alison Van Alten of Tuckamore Bee Co. is our guest speaker.

- Oct 25th - special visit to Dutchman's Gold honey "factory"- Nov 16th annual pot luck get together.  (no meeting in Dec.)
- Oct 19th regular meeting
- Sept 14th - Meeting held 1 week earlier due to Ancaster Fall Fair. 
-  Aug 17th - Honey and its role in medical treatment by Michael Jennings, Ph.D., Professor of Biotechnology & Cheryl Ketola Professor, Fanshawe College
- July 20th
- July 15th - club visit to the Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph
- June 15th Jim and Les will be installing the nuc into one of the hives on the Fairgrounds. If you are interested in observing the nuc installation, you are free to watch and it will take place around 7:00.  The hives are located south and east of the main building behind a smaller barn-like building.  Bring a veil, if desired.  No speaker for this meeting
- May 18th - Allison Van Alten - Tuckamore Bee Company
- Apr 20th - Guest speaker - Luc & Dan from HumbleBee.Buzz - urban beekeepers extraordinary - providing supplies, bees and teaching beekeepers how to "'listen' with all your senses..."
- Mar 16th - Guest Speaker: Peter Dickey - owner of Dickey Bees in Innisfil (http://www.dickeybeehoney.com/) .  He is also the President of the Huronia Beekeepers Association.
- Feb 16th - Guest speaker Tibor Szabo, President OBA 2016
- Jan 19th 1st meeting of 2017  

GHBA supports local 4-H Club
For the past three years my niece, Amanda Henderson, my brother Scott Henderson and I have led an Apiculture 4-H club in Brant County. It is a bit challenging as there is no standard framework to guide the club as there is in other clubs and 4-H is all about hands on activities. We assemble boxes and frames (often a members first experience with a hammer & nails) inspect a hive at nearly every meeting (thanks to Ontario's gentle stock) and extract honey in the late summer. Last year our club visited the bee lab at Guelph, and Dutchman's Gold in Carlyle. We have had a couple of members become beekeepers, but mostly have developed an understanding of what honeybees are and where they fit in today's world. The Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers have each year purchased items from the Tech Transfer Team to give to the 4-H Apiculture Club members at their awards banquet. This year we gave each member a toque.
Jim Henderson

Videos of interest to beekeepers and potential beeks.
Anand Varma: A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life
Fascinating TED Talk on the first 21 days of a bee's life.  Its short only 6 minutes.  The photographer's work was used in a National Geographic edition. 

Code Wrapper Corner Box

Looking in from the outside
Ever wonder what goes on inside a bee hive???

YouTube Video

Or in the air!                                                                 

Queen Honeybee Mating Flight


Bees - Alexandre Obnovlennyi

Organic honey in Toronto. Alexandre Obnovlennyi


YouTube Video



"Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee" a high-speed short from Michael N Sutton / @MNS1974 on Vimeo.

Last week I wanted to film something in high-speed (I shoot something every week to keep it fresh). My Bullfrog film had done well on the internet and I wanted to step up and challenge myself. I have wanted to film bee's for quite a while and luckily for me there happened to be an apiary in my town. Allen Lindahl owner of www.hillsidebees.com stepped up and allowed me to film his hives. It was 92 degrees out and the sun was bearing down, but I was told sunny days are when the bee's are most active. Without a bee outfit, I was ready to shoot. I was able to get pretty close to one of the hives (about one and a half feet) which was perfect for using the Canon 100mm Macro IS. I primarily filmed with the Canon 30-105mm Cinema zoom lens wide open. I also used a 300mm Tamron and a Nikon 50mm. I had my trusty Sound Devices Pix 240i as a field monitor and for recording ProRes via the HD-SDI out of the Photron BC2 HD/2K. It was very hard to track the bee's as they fly very fast and were getting a little bothered by how close I was to the hives. I was only stung three times which is pretty remarkable due to my proximity and my lens poking almost into the entrance way of the hive. I shot for approx 2.5 hours each day. It was so hot I got a pretty bad sunburn and the camera was hot enough to cook a fat porterhouse. There was a few moments that were intimidating when bee's started landing on my arms, face, in my ear and on my eye. I just stayed still and they went on their way with the exception of the three stings (1 on the arm, 1 on the neck and 1 under my ear). Bee's are actually quite docile and would prefer not to sting. They just want to make honey.