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. 

2019 Meeting dates, topics or speakers:
- Nov 21 - Annual pot luck dinner Starting at 730pm, as usual.  The pot-luck dinner will be on the first floor in the South-West corner of the building.  Members are encouraged to park at the back of Marritt Hall and enter from the doors there. 
- Oct 17 - Apimondia 2019, Winter feeding, 2020 budget, elections.
- Sept 19 -22 Join us at Ancaster Fall Fair.  See our observation hive, meet the beekeepers, purchase honey from our teaching hives & more!   
- Sept 12 - Note date change due to Ancaster Fair opening Sept 19-22  open meeting with the topics of discussion including the Ancaster Fall Fair, seasonal issues (mite checks and treatment options, preparing hives for winter, sugar feeding etc.) and anything else that members would like to show and/or tell

 - Aug 15 Dr. Gard W. Otis, Professor (1982-2017) and Adjunct Professor (2018-present), University of Guelph speaking about drones. Bio on the discussion page.
- July 18 Open meeting with no visiting speaker scheduled with the bulk of the meeting being used to discuss seasonal issues and a general Q&A.
- June 20 Shawn discussing making the sustainable apiary work (based on the work by Mike Palmer - see video below!)  
- May 16 
- Apr 18  Clement Kent, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at York University
Clement's talk will focus on a few topics from the BeeOmics Project, led by Prof. Zayed. He'll describe efforts to make a "gene chip" which will detect Africanization in imported bees. Then he'll take us into the realm of "Marker-Assisted Breeding", a technique of applied agricultural plant and animal breeding, and what it reveals about traits like hygiene in a bee colony and how to breed for it.
- Mar 21 General discussion on what should we be doing to our bees NOW.
- Feb 21 Speakers are Marion and Rick Robertson, who will be talking about planting native trees for bees.  Marion and Rick have been hobby beekeepers for over 30 years. About 16 years ago they started growing trees and shrubs from Ontario seed because they could not find any trees and shrubs from local stock.

- Jan. 17 2019 Todd Kalisz from Dancing Bee. Dancing Bee is a supplier of equipment, nucs and queens located in Port Hope.  Todd will be talking about how they built their business and how beekeeping is more than just producing honey.  If any members wish to place an order with Dancing Bee, Todd has generously volunteered to bring the orders with him to our meeting so that our members can save on shipping charges.  For anyone placing orders, please get them in as early as you can and ensure Todd and his staff understand that you are with our club.

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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???

YouTube Video

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.

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.