Tours are offered weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, from mid April to mid October and last approximately 75 minutes. We have a minimum tour size of 20 individuals and a maximum of about 40 individuals. Groups of less than 20 individuals can sometimes be accommodated if we can fit them in with another group. We suggest a donation of $2 per participant.
To ensure everyone's safety, tour participants should arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and will need to leave the grounds after the tour is complete.
We gather in the front garden where staff members are introduced. The participants are then guided inside to the classroom. For approximately 20 minutes we discuss the biology of honey bees. Before going outside we provide instructions on how to behave around stinging insects. Once outside, we demonstrate how beekeepers are able to safely work with bees. Participants form a line in the apiary and beehive components are brought to them for an up-close view. Everyone is given the option of tasting honey directly from the honeycomb!
If you are interested in purchasing our delicious honey you may do so at the end of the tour. We can only accept cash or cheques. All profits support honey bee research.
We require that each person touring our facility complete a medical questionnaire. The purpose of this is to screen for individuals who might be at risk around stinging insects. Please bring the completed forms on the tour date. Those with a known allergy to honey bee stings can participate in all parts of the tour except for the demonstration in the bee yard.
Townsend House, Honey Bee Research Centre, 308 Stone Road East, on the north side of Stone Road between Gordon and Victoria Street
Please call or email one week before your tour to confirm details.