Beekeeper handling a hive of honey bees.

Honey bees can be managed with ease by urban people.  Besides the honey and bees wax they produce, and their value as pollinators of various crops, their highly developed social organization provides fascinating material for study. 

This series of lectures and demonstrations will deal with the nature of beekeeping; the life history, anatomy, and social behaviour of bees; economics; how to manage colonies of bees; equipment and site selection; pollen and nectar producing plants, nectar flows; seasonal management; pests, parasites diseases and their control; regulations; honey houses; extracting equipment; grading and marketing honey and beeswax.


Wednesday evenings
First Class - 2022 TBA
Last Class - 2022 TBA

This includes a virtual or in-person Apiary demonstration in mid-April or early May 2022.  * In-person demonstration only if Covid-19 restrictions allow.


7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Online delivery only.  Course will be accessible through the U of M UM Learn system.  Lectures will be delivered “live” online (synchronous delivery) allowing immediate interaction with course instructors.  Students must have access to a computer capable of viewing and listening to video.  Toll-free dial in connections by phone will be available for audio (only) for students in areas with poor internet speed and/or connection.  Lecture note pages will be posted online prior to each lecture and where possible most lectures will be recorded for later viewing.

Fees & Payment

$225.00 (includes GST) also includes the text:  Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, Third ed. * Texts will be mailed to the address provided with course registration.

  • Individual registrations are required for each student as we need to set up advance access in UM Learn.
  • Once course registration is closed an email will be sent to each registrant with a secure link to our payment page.  Payment will only be taken via Credit Card (VISA or Mastercard).
  • Students who have paid for their course and withdraw or cancel their registration before the second class will be refunded their course fee less a $50 admin fee. No refunds will be issued after that point.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course and refund full fee, and to reschedule classes cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.

Recommended text

Hard copies of the recommended text Beekeeping in Western Canada can purchased through the following mechanisms:

  • Hard copies can be ordered online from Alberta Agriculture for approximately $30.00 including shipping and handling (based on delivery to a Winnipeg address: actual cost will vary by location).
  • They can also be purchased locally from the Manitoba Honey Producers Coop “Bee Store” at 625 Roseberry Street in Winnipeg (near the airport).
  • Electronic versions of the text are available online for free.


Dr. Rob Currie, Head, Department of Entomology
Phone: 204-474-6020

Rhéal Lafrenière, Provincial Apiarist, Manitoba Agriculture
Phone: 204-945-4825


Contact Us

Department of Entomology
214 Animal Science/Entomology Building
12 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada