Private Hive Tours
Book a private hive tour for yourself and your family or friends!
Private hive tours give you and your chosen group a hands-on beekeeping experience, complete with some beeswax candle making after you've completed a hive inspection. You will take home the candles you make.
Timeline of activities:
Bee Talk: ~20 minutes - Learn about the different types of bees in the hive and what they do + how honey, wax, pollen and propolis are made. We'll take a few minutes for safety instructions before we move on to inspecting hives.
Hive inspections: ~30 minutes - Gear up in a bee suit and walk through a hive inspection with the beekeeper. Use what you’ve learned to try to find the queen, drones, pollen, honey, eggs, and larvae on your own in another hive.
Candle Making: ~20 minutes - We'll show you how to make a rolled beeswax candle and dip your own set of five birthday candles to take home with you. Bee suits can get quite hot on a warm summer day, so cold water will be provided during candle making. Ask any final questions and learn more about the ways you can use honey and hive products in your everyday life!
Tours are $200 + HST and will run for around 1.5 to 1.75 hours. Tours can be booked June through August, and we will work with you to arrange a date and time that suits both of us. You can include up to 9 adults and 3 children - suit sizing is listed below, and we require you to bring (or wear) jeans, long socks and close-toed shoes to add to your personal protection.
Huckleberry Hives has a small stock of protective gear in the following sizes:
- 2 x children's suits (age 2-5)
- 1 x adult small suit (fits kids 10+)
- 3 x adult large suits
- 3 x adult large bee jackets w/ veils (you will need long socks & jeans)
- 1 x adult 3XL suit
- 1 x adult 4XL suit
- assorted gloves to protect hands