There are more beekeeping learning opportunities in British Columbia than in any other province.  Many of the bee education opportunities in BC are offered by commercial operations but there are an increasing number of courses geared for the backyard enthusiast interested in non-commercial practices.  Most are for beginners.

Because beekeeping is initially an expensive hobby and honeybees themselves are complex social creatures, it is advisable to take a beekeeping class of some kind or another.  Bees and equipment are a major investment even for a hobbyist with a couple of hives.  Honeybees, luckily for beekeepers, are the most studied insects in the world.  Taking a course offers the opportunity to focus your attention on what is important to observe and manage a colony, will help you to develop positive skills and can open up the world of honeybees for you in a way that studying on your own may not accomplish.

General- Books and Manuals

  1. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping
    Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, 2012, Alpha
  2. Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping:  Wisdom & Pleasure Combined
    Wyatt A. Mangum, 2012, self published
  3. The Backyard Beekeeper:
    An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
    Kim Flottum, 2012, Quarry Books
  4. The Practical Beekeeper Volume I, II & III Beekeeping Naturally
    Michael Bush, 2011, X- Star Publishing Company
  5. The Barefoot Beekeeper
    P. J. Chandler, 2009, Lulu
  6. Honeybee Democracy
    Thomas Seeley
  7. Top-Bar Beekeeping
    Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
  8. Honey Bee Disease and Pests
    Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
  9. Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
    Ross Conrad
  10. The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally
    Michael Bush
  11. Bee time: Lessons from the Hive
    Mark Winston



Breeding- Books

  1. Background to Bee Breeding
    John H. Atkinson
  2. Breeding Super Bees
    Steve Taber
  3. Increase Essentials
    Lawrence John Connor
  4. Bee Sex Essentials
    Lawrence John Connor
  5. Queen Rearing Essentials
    Lawrence John Connor
  6. Queen Breeding and Genetics: How to get better bees
    Eigil Holm
  7. Breeding the Honeybee
    Brother Adam
  8. Bee Genetics and Breeding
    T.J. Rinderer
  9. Elements of genetics with special reference to the Bee
    J. Mesquida
  10. The Social Behavior of the Bees; a comparative study
    Charles D. Michener