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Beekeeping in the Gatineau Hills

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Experience hosted by Marc

4 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Plan to arrive at about noon. I'll supply dinnerware, napkins, iced tea, cold well water and snacks. Bring your picnic for an outdoor meal on the deck of our cozy cottage, surrounded by forests, near the shores of the lake.

At 1PM, we'll head out to the bee yard (just 1km away), overlooking rolling fields and forests full of wildflowers (and ripe wild raspberries if the timing is right!). We can walk there through forests and fields, or drive over if you prefer. We'll take a few moments to learn the basics of beekeeing - I'll have some material to help you understand how it works.

We'll put on the full protected bee suit and inspect the hives. We'll open one or more of them up, see how much honey they're gathering, look for the queen (she's not always easy to find!), identify the drones, see the eggs...

We'll take a sample of the freshest honey possible, right out of the hive and bring it in for a taste test - comparing it to some Mexican "jungle honey" I have on hand.

By 3PM, we should be wrapping up at the bee yard.

We then return to the cottage, and if you're keen, you can take a refreshing swim in the lake (bring a swimsuit and a towel).

I will recommend restaurants, points of interest and even overnight lodgings for your trip.

Here's a 1min22sec video of my beeyard: https://www.facebook.com/PemichanganBees/videos/25731983557
Plan to arrive at about noon. I'll supply dinnerware, napkins, iced tea, cold well water and snacks. Bring your picnic for an outdoor meal on the deck of our cozy cottage, surrounded by forests, near the shores of the lake.

At 1PM, we'll head out to the bee yard (just 1km away), overlooking rolling fields and forests full of wildflowers (and ripe wild raspberries if the timing is right!). We can walk there through forests and fi…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Iced tea.
  • Equipment
    Full bee suits designed to protect you from stings will be provided. We wi...
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/ person
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Meet your host, Marc

Host on Airbnb since 2010
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I started beekeeping in 1992. I took a break from 1998 to 2015 when I went overseas (Yucatan, Galapagos, Paris, Nairobi) working on sustainable forestry / nature conservation projects. I took up beekeeping again upon my return to Canada. It's a fascinating hobby and I'm always very happy to share it with interested friends and guests, hoping that one day, they might take it up themselves. The bees are kept near the shore of a beautiful lake in the Gatineau hills - a place I've been coming to all my life and where I have multi-generational family roots. Come for a visit, we'll also have a tasty lunch and if you feel like it, we'll finish the day with a swim in the crystal clear waters of the lake.
I started beekeeping in 1992. I took a break from 1998 to 2015 when I went overseas (Yucatan, Galapagos, Paris, Nairobi) working on sustainable forestry / nature conservation projects. I took up beekeeping again upon my return to Canada. It's a fascinating hobby and I'm always very happy to share it with interested friends and guests, hoping that one day, they might take it up themselves. The bees are kept near the shore of a beautiful lake in the Gatineau hills - a place I've been comin…
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Where you'll be

Lunch is out our cozy cottage, nestled in the forest, near the shores of the lake (2 minute walk). We have a large deck and a large screened gazebo - all you need for a tasty meal in the outdoors.

The bee yard is located just 1 km from the cottage, on the edge of rolling abandonded pasture lands full of wildflowers.

After the bee yard visit, we can head back to the cottage, put on swimsuits and jump in the lake before calling it a day.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

More tips

Arrive for lunch, bring a swimsuit and towel if you'd like to enjoy the refreshing waters of the lake after the visit to the bee yard. Bring walking shoes / boots / thick socks - bee suits end at the ankles - no sandals during the bee yard visit.

What to bring

Long pants

Light hiking boots / ankle high footwear is recommended