Beekeeping Resources

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PID: Premises Identification Program

Alberta Beekeepers, hobby and commercial, must apply for a Premises Identifcation Account and register at least one location.
See our "Beekeeping Resources" page and the "Rules and Regulations" section for links to more information and applications forms.

Visit the Alberta Apiculture website
Email Alberta Apiculture:
Downloadable Beekeepers Registration form

Horticulture: Bees and Trees and Flowers - How you can help the bees

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Bee Club Library

Many thanks to Bill Turner, long-time beekeeper, teacher, bee mentor to many and a long-time active member of the Calgary and District Beekeepers Association for contributing the core of his personal archives for the Club website.


2017 Alberta Provincial Apiculturist Annual Report

—Dr. Medhat Nasr, Alberta Provincial Apiculturist

The Provincial Apiculturist Report is very informative and states an Average Winter Mortality of 28.8% for last winter (2016-2017). Comments about the winter mortality are provided in Section C of the report. It also provides statistics about the beekeeping industry in Alberta and bee pests and disease inspections.
Read the Annual Report (PDF, 276KB)

A Year of Beekeeping Under the Arch: Bill Turner, January 2011
Understanding Honeybees: An Introduction
Basic Beekeeping: Penn State
Beekeeping for Beginners: Alberta Agriculture
What You Should Know About Bees: North Carolina Outline checklist

Bee Disease & Treatment

Chart of Possible Varroa Treatments
Management of Honey Bee Disease and Parasites in 2010
Pernal, Ibrahim & Melathopoulos: AAFC Beaverlodge Research Farm
Nosema Disease-Diagnosis and Control:
Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
Nosema Points (author unknown)

A Review of Treatment Options for Control of Varroa Mite in New Zealand:
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand
Formic Acid Fumigator: University of Florida

Feeding Bees Fat Bees Skinny Bees: Australian Government
How to Make your Own Fondant From Scratch

Honey Information Honey Facts
Maximizing Honey Production with Effective Spring Management
Wenning - Heart of Illinois Beekeepers' Association
More about Honey

World's Sweetest Honey

This is a recording of Ron Miksha's presentation at the January Banquet and Honey Competition.

Honey Bee Wintering Losses in Canada (2017): Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists

Points on Wintered Hive Behavior: Bill Turner
Biology & Management of Colonies in Winter: CAPA, Beaverlodge, AB
Honey Bees and Winterkill: Dr Medhat Nasr, Alberta Agriculture
Overwintering of Russian Honey Bees in Northeastern Iowa:

Villa, Rinderer & Bigalk
The Thermology of Wintering Honey Bee Colonies: C Owens

Queens & Nucs Better Queens: Jay Smith
Care and Installation of Package Bees
Cloake Board Method of Queen Rearing and Banking: Sue Cobey
Comparison of Russian and Italian Queens
Imirie Requeening Method: George Imiries' Pink Pages
Introducing Mailed Queens: Bill Turner
Introducting Russian Queens
Package Bees Techniques: Beekeeping News

Web Links Bill's Bee Library, A List of Informative & Useful Links

Pest Management

Anti-Varroa Screened bottom Board ... in the Province of Quebec.
Chapleau, Jean Pierre: 2002/2003
Managing Varroa Chemical-free Beekeeping: Controlling Varroa by Disrupting the Brood Cycle
by Sylvia Feldman, Published June 2011

Tips for Beginners:$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex3946

Spring Management:

Fall and Winter Management:$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex11780

Pest and Disease Management:

Bee Health App for Smart Phones

Available from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, this app is intended to help you with on-the-spot pest and disease diagnosis and treatment options.
It's free and available for Android and iPhone.
Please go to the Apple App Store or google play store and search for bee health app. It is already there and can be down loaded.

Products of the Hive:

Horticulture: Bees and Trees and Flowers - How you can help the bees


  • Avoid using pesticides
  • Plant a variety of flower types & shapes
  • Plan for blooms all season
  • Plant native flowers
  • Plant flowers which are white, yellow, blue or purple
  • Plant flowers in clumps
  • Avoid sterile hybridized plants
  • Provide shallow watering areas

DOWNLOAD this for more information

BEES & TREES - the Dynamic Duo: Initiatives of the City of Calgary

Calgary trees that bees love (just to name a few):

  • Wolf Willow
  • Crab-apple
  • Caragana
  • Lilac
  • Red Elder
  • Maple
  • Russian Olive

Added bonus: most of them are fruit-flowering, so (after the bees do their work) you can reap the rewards.

For more information visit The City of Calgary News Blog

Want to plant a tree for the bees?
See the City of Calgary 10% off coupon offer good until September 1, 2016



Here is a list of forums which association members use. Feel free to drop by and and join the discussions.

Urban Beekeeping Guidelines

Calgary's Urban Beekeeping Guidelines - adopted 2013-January-09

You are welcome to download a copy of the guidelines document.

The Guidelines were adopted at the Annual General Meeting of the Calgary and District Beekeepers Association on January 9, 2013. It should be noted that guidelines are precisely that. They are not laws or a by-law of the City of Calgary. They are suggestions for those wishing to keep bees in the city given the high density of most neighbourhoods. The Working Group will remain intact to receive suggestions.

Bees Bears Cougars: Wildlife Interactions & Safety

BearSmart: a program of the Government of Alberta
Wildlife interactions and safety: Here are a few resources from Government of Alberta

BearSmart: Bees & Bears Fact Sheet
: Information brochure
BearSmart: Electric Fences: Information Brochure

If a bear is a public safety concern, call the 24-hour Report A Poacher line: 1 (800) 642-3800
If you encounter a bear or wish to report a bear siting use the Report A Poacher line.

For Bear Fences - information and supplies
Margo Supplies, High River

Margo Supplies Website
Youtube Videos on wildlife safety

Calgary Beekeepers newsgroup - "CalgaryBeekeepers"

Keep in touch using our club newsgroup, "CALGARYBEEKEEPERS".

There is a Yahoo Group for the Calgary and District Beekeeping Association. Posting an item to this group will send an email to all members of the group.

These are not stored for on-line viewing on the website.

To participate you must become a member of the association. Give our Membership Secretary the email address you would like us to use for this purpose. You can also unsubscribe any time you like using the link at the bottom of any posting.

Reference Organizations

See Canadian Honey Council for

List of Provincial beekeepers associations

List of Provincial Apiculture specialists

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)
American Association of Professional Apiculturists
Alberta Beekeepers Commission
Edmonton District Beekeepers Association

Rules and Regulations

Government of Alberta & Canadian Food Inspection Agency


Alberta Apiculture: Annual Report for 2016
The Annual Report by Medhat Nasr was issued Jan 9, 2017. It contains a great overview of the year's results.
Download or view a copy here.

For more information from Alberta Apiculture view here.

Bees and Bee Equipment

The regulations for bees and equipment in Alberta are outlined in

Bee Act

Bee Regulations

Animal Health Act

PID-Premises Identification account and location numbers

2014 PID Application form.

Even if you are storing equipment but have no bees, just posessing this equipment is regulated.

In Alberta bees are "livestock" and subject to regulation as other types of livestock, hence the PID and tracability regulations. This applies to hobbyist as well as commercial beekeepers.


The regulations for selling and distributing honey to third parties in Alberta are outlined in two places. Package sizes and labelling standards are regulated.

Alberta Honey regulations:
Honey Grading Regulation

CFIA: Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Food Inspection Agency administers the "Honey Regulations"
Refer to Part II, section 29 for package sizes.

Honey Regulations (CFIA)

Our country went metric way back in 1981. For decades honey has been sold by weight, not volume. The federal honey regulations outline these standard sizes.

If you are moving your honey produced in Alberta to another province or you are moving honey produced in another province to Alberta, the Alberta honey regulations will refer you to the CFIA honey regulations.

If you are looking for containers which satisfy these requirements, both Richards Packaging in Calgary and BeeMaid in Spruce Grove supply appropriate containers.


The Business of Beekeeping

Honey Prices - Wholesale and Retail

Skamberg Honey Market Report

Bee Maid: Spruce Grove, AB & Winnipeg, MB
Golden Acres Honey: Three Hills, AB