Group tours can be booked in advance for Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:00 am, from mid April to mid October. The tour will last approximately 75 minutes. There is a minimum tour size of 20 and a maximum of about 40 individuals. We suggest a donation of $4.00 per participant.
Please book your tour here: Group Tour Bookings
Drop-in tours will be offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month June through August. The start time is from 10:00 am until approximately 11:30 am. Admission fee is $5 per person (only cash accepted). If there are five or more people in your group, please contact us.
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.
New! Fund Raising Tours
Fund raising tours will be offered to the public with no minimum number of participants. There will be a $100 flat rate for this activity. Tour fees go directly to support our honey bee health research. Please contact us if you are interested in this opportunity.
The group experiences a 75 minute tour of the facilities at the HBRC. At the start of the tour, staff members will be introduced in the front garden. The participants will then enjoy a short and interactive presentation on honey bee biology. Before going to the apiary, instructions are given on how to behave around stinging insects. A demonstration on how beekeepers are able to safely work with bees is carried out. 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 honey comb!
At the end of the tour, participants may purchase our honey, hive products and educational materials (Also available at shophbrc.com for shopping before, or after, the tour!).
Release and Indemnification Form
We require that each person touring our facility complete a release and indemnification form. The purpose of this document is to inform individuals who might be at risk around stinging insects. Please bring the completed form(s) 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.
We are located at “Townsend House”, Honey Bee Research Centre, 308 Stone Rd East, on the north side of Stone between Gordon St and Victoria Ave.