So You Want to Keep Bees…

It is a well-known fact that the bees are disappearing. The cause of the loss is still hotly debated, but one thing is for sure, we can do more than we are currently doing to help keep bees in the ecosystem.

Many people consider keeping bees in the their backyards in Calgary, so to find out more we spent some time with Calgary & District Beekeepers Association (CDBA) to find out how they can help you become an urban beekeeper.

If you want to know more, then CDBA runs courses for new bee keepers.

Details here:

Beginner’s Beekeeping Course

Calgary & District Beekeepers Association (CDBA) is pleased to present a Beginner’s Beekeeping Course. This course covers topics that you need to know to start beekeeping and become a hobby beekeeper in your own backyard or a small commercial beekeeper. It is designed to provide the knowledge you will need for the entire beekeeping year.

Course content will include, as a minimum:

  • Bee biology and colony behaviour;
  • Bee purchase options;
  • Beekeeping equipment and tools;
  • Hive Management (spring, summer, fall management plus overwintering bees);
  • Pest and disease management;
  • Harvesting and extracting honey; and,
  • Beekeeping regulations in Alberta and City of Calgary Guidelines.

Date: Classroom instruction: Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from      9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Apiary visit: Saturday, October 31 at noon and 2:00 pm (weather permitting)

Location: Parkdale Nifty Fifties Seniors Association (3512  5 Avenue NW, Calgary)

Instructors: A minimum of 4 CDBA members with combined experience of over 95 years

Ron Miksha – Beekeeper for about 40 years, first as a commercial beekeeper in Saskatchewan and now as a hobby beekeeper; Author of “Bad Beekeeping”; former President of CDBA

Bert Blouin – First kept bees with his family; became a full time beekeeper in 2000 and keeps about 30 hives in Airdrie, Bearspaw and his backyard in Silver Springs; President of CDBA

Neil Bertram – Raised on a commercial bee farm in Manitoba; now operates a bee business consisting of about 300 hives located north of Calgary; Neil has been working bees for over 30 years; Treasurer of CDBA

Liz Goldie – Beekeeping for 5 years with hives located in her backyard in Scenic Acres and near Pincher Creek; Secretary of CDBA

Registration Fee: $250 including “Beekeeping in Western Canada” manual, handouts, lunches and refreshments during breaks

Registration: Submit registration forms and payments to Bruce Aitken by emailing

For questions regarding the course, please email or

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