Victoria's Honey Bee site hosted by
Barry's Bees
Victoria BC, Canada

250 900-5133
or by EMail
Barry the BeeMaster Barry
is a local beekeeper serving the Greater Victoria area on the southern end of Vancouver Island, BC Canada. He is an accredited Bee Master in the province of British Columbia and BCHPA certified instructor of Beginner's Beekeeping. Barry has been actively keeping bees for more than 15 years throughout the South Islands.

Training is an integral part of the support program we provide to beekeepers of the south islands of British Columbia. We currently offer courses for several aspects of beekeeping. All courses include field experience as well as classroom time. We also provide an on going private consulting service for additional on site training.

Intermediate Beekeeping - March 20, 2019 ($215.00 including taxes)

This course is for the beekeeper with 1-2 years of field experience. The course offers participants both theory and practical field experience at an advanced level by focussing on health and wellnes of the honey bee colonyClasses are small with a maximum of 6 students in Victoria. To register, please download the info/registration form by clicking on your preferred course date to the left.

Course Requirement:

This course is designed to further your beekeeping expertise. You must have 1-2 years of beekeeping experience or challenge this requirement.

Course Description:

The course offers participants both theory and practical field experience.
Classes are small with a maximum of 9 students. We will work with live bees in the classroom. There will be an in depth discussion on many topics pertaining to beekeeping. We will also develop the concepts of wellness, the summation of stress factors, and the honey bee colony as a supra-organism. The course is comprised of 4 class room sessions of 2 1/2 hours each plus one field sessions of 2 hrs for a total of 16.5 hrs. For detailed course information and registration form please click on a dated link to download the 2 page pdf file.

Course Objective:

This course is intended to enhance your beekeeping knowledge and practices. The intermediate beekeeper should have a thorough understanding of the yearly cycle of bee management within the local climate of the South islands.

  • History of beekeeping, The honeybee society, Honey bee physiology
  • Health and wellness of a honey bee colony
  • Transition from Winter to early spring, IPM, Bee health, Spring buildup
  • Hive requirements from a bees perspective as a supra-organism
  • Transition to a honey collection hive or not, IPM, Bee health.
  • Spring and summer management, swarm management
  • Honey Extracting, Fall management, IPM, Bee health
  • Honey harvesting and marketing, Winter management
  • Putting it all together


A bee veil for over the head protection during the field sessions is required. Course material is included.

Private consulting session for beekeepers around Greater Victoria are available on a fee for service basis. Please EMail me to inquire for a time and rates or call directly on my HotLine at 250 900-5133.




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