Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers Association focuses on issues, problems beekeepers face and the best practices for beekeepers. 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.

Golden Horseshoe Beekeepers thanks and acknowledges the support received from the City of Hamilton through the City Enrichment Fund grant which enables the GHBA to operate at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.
Email Gene at rgenie@outlook.com 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.

Check out our GHBA Group Discussions page & add your questions or comments about beekeeping.  Please check them out & feel free to comment!

Annual membership in the GHBA is only $50.  You can register and join at one of our meetings.  You can also attend a meeting without charge or pressure to join, 

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

If you have a topic of interest & would like to address the GHBA, please email Roy our president: 

2018 GHBA field trip to UoG Research Centre

Meeting Dates:
Marritt Hall Ancaster Fair Grounds 7:30 pm.  3rd Thursday of every month. 

2020 Meeting dates, topics or speakers:
- Apr meeting will be a conference call this Thursday 7:30pm April 9th at 7:30 pm using ZOOM.  Iain will send out access details in his monthly email.  If you are not on the distribution list and would like to participate, please email Roy at the address above.

- Mar 19 MEETING CANCELLED our cautious response due to virus spreading concerns.

- Feb 20  George Scott will speak to our club how to use a preaditory mite Stratiolaelaps scimitus to attack the varroa mite.  The asian hornet now in our area and how to deal with them.  How combined chemicals in water are killing our bees. Further info here.

- Jan. 16 The Importance of Pollen for Individual Honey Bees and their Colonies” Dr. Gard Otis.  Honey bees obtain most of their proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins from pollen they collect from flowers. They require these nutrients to have long lives, to "fuel" their immune system, and to reduce the effects of Varroa mites and Nosema infection.  Because bees in Ontario cannot forage from November to May, they must rely on stored pollen for early spring brood rearing.  Dr. Otis will review several studies that highlight the negative consequences to individual bees and their colonies if they fail to obtain enough good-quality pollen (nutrients) in late summer and early fall. 
For a biography of Dr Otis click here.


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Videos of interest to beekeepers and potential beeks.

The Sustainable Apiary

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. 

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

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Or in the air!                                                                 

Queen Honeybee Mating Flight


Bees - Alexandre Obnovlennyi

Organic honey in Toronto. Alexandre Obnovlennyi

Magic School Bus is a video for kids that teaches them about bees and beehives.  The teacher transforms her students into bees & they fly into a beehive.  A great way for kids to learn basics about bees.

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"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.