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Tour Information

NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will not be running tours until further notice. Please keep checking our website for updates.

Group tours can be booked in advance for weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, 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. Please call or email one week before your tour to confirm details. We suggest a donation of $2 per participant.

Drop-in Tours

Drop-in tours will be offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month June through August. The start time is from 10 am until approx 11 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.

Tour Outline

We gather in the front garden where staff members are introduced. The participants are then guided inside to the classroom for a short, interactive presentation on honey bee biology. 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 only accept cash for payment. Honey sales support our research in honey bee health.

A list of products available can be viewed here

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.

Directions

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.

Contact Information
Paul Kelly
Email: pgkelly@uoguelph.ca 
Phone: 519-836-8897