Tours

General Tours
$8.00 per person – age 3 and over

We offer educational tours for groups of 5 or more throughout the year but encourage these to take place from May to August when we are able to take the group to see the live hives.

Those participating in the general tours receive a jar full of delicious honey to take away with them following the tour.

Our tours vary depending on the interests and needs of each group. We are happy to tailor the tour but a general outline is as follows:

At the very beginning of our tour we talk about bee stings and compare them to wasp stings and emphasize that it is usually wasp stings that folks confuse with bee stings.

  1. The beehive – We talk about the history of the bee hive, compare the bee hive to their homes (similarities and differences), and can give them hands on with putting a bee frame together (optional) to include in the beehive.
  2. Bee biology/anatomy, bee life cycle, bee communication (including the bee dance at the end of the tour). During the summer season we normally have an observation hive with lives bees under glass, as well as use a microscope and magnifying glass to look close up at dead bees/wasps.
  3. We talk about honey, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and the types of products that come from a bee hive. We let them see and taste various types of honey, and handle beeswax, and see what kinds of products are made from the beehive.

Following the above, then we will go to the live bee hives and return for the bee dance and talk about bee communication. Travel to the live hive is only between May to August and this is weather dependent.  We don’t do this if it is raining or too cold.  Adults may not wish to do the bee dance, but we encourage them to play with this.

We recommend that anyone attending not wear any perfume or hair spray or highly scented deodorant or creams. We have never had a problem with anyone being stung, but scents can confuse the bees and encourage them to buzz around the highly scented individual, a bit more than they would if there was no scent.

Our normal hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6; Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5. We are closed to the public on Mondays, but are happy to provide pre-arranged tours on Mondays or Weekday mornings, when the store is not open, as our calendar permits.

If you would like to book a tour in the summer, we recommend a weekday as most of our weekends are already booked with tours, fairs and/or events of some kind.

If you would like to book a tour in the fall, weekends become available once again, however, travel to the live hives is not part of the formal tour normally because the weather is so unpredictable.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Judy at  jwcampbell@campbellsgold.com


School Tours
$8.00 per child – teachers and accompanying parents/siblings no charge

We start in plenary for a general discussion and then depending on the size of the group, may divide into sub-groups and cover the following in 2 to 3 rotating stations.

  1. The beehive – We explore the history of the bee hive, compare the bee hive to students’ homes (similarities and differences), and can give them a hands on experience  putting a bee frame together to include in the beehive.
  2. Bee biology/anatomy, bee life cycle, bee communication (including the bee dance at the end of the session).  Use of a demonstration hive with bees under glass will be used from May to August.  Depending on the age of the students, we encourage them to see bees and wasps under the microscope.
  3. Children and adults go into the store and learn about honey, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and the types of products that come from a bee hive. Students see and taste various types of honey, and handle beeswax.

Following the above, depending on the age of the group, we can build in time for  a snack and bathroom break.  The last leg of the experience is a tour to the live bee hives and return for the bee dance and talk about bee communication. If weather is inclement and/or if the tour takes place outside of May to August period, we will not visit the live bee hive and activities will take place in our education room. At the conclusion of the tour, for K to gr 6, we will hand out the activity book/honey straw pkg. for the children, which is part of their tour fee.

The Canadian Honey Council has lesson plans which teachers may find helpful to review and adapt as required to the learning level of their students.  It is always a good idea to expose the children to some form of learning about bees before they come to the honey farm and that makes their experience much more meaningful. http://www.honeycouncil.ca/index.php/canadianhoney_teachers

If you have any difficulty opening the link to the Canadian Honey Council teaching materials, you can Google Canadian Honey Council and follow links to the educational page.

We encourage all tours to check with parents and children to determine if anyone has any known allergies to bee stings.  We recommend that anyone attending not wear any perfume or hair spray or highly scented deodorant or creams. We have never had a problem with anyone being stung on a formal tour, but scents can confuse the bees and encourage them to buzz around the highly scented individual a bit more than they would if there was no scent.   If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Judy at jwcampbell@campbellsgold.com.  Book early to avoid disappointment.


Seniors Tours
No charge

We have found over the years that the more formal paid tour may be too long for seniors and many may not be interested and/or able to walk out to the field to see a live bee hive.

So we have moved to the shorter experiential educational sessions which are offered at no charge for seniors, in the country store.  Should a seniors group wish to have a full educational tour, that can be booked as a general tour (see information on General Tours).

For seniors we do a very general education lasting anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. We have educational posters and a honey sample table in the store which we use. We also will provide honey wine tastings if there is interest. We are happy to do seniors tours any of the 11 months (Feb to Dec) of the year that we are open. We are closed all of January.

The session includes a brief chat about bees, their value in pollination and then offers tastings of honey and an exploration of  other beehive products. We will answer any and all questions. We love hearing from them about their experiences with bees. Many had families that kept bees, or they kept them themselves. Others knew other folks that kept bees. So generally they have some wonderful stories and we love hearing their experiences directly from them.

Some seniors groups prefer to come in the warmer weather when they can walk around outside and have their pictures taken with the flowers. For those tours that come in the summer when the sunflowers are blooming (and if they bring a bucket), we can send the tour back with one bucket of sunflowers (no charge) that they can enjoy for the next week, either in a large bouquet or in smaller bouquets. In September if all goes well, there should still be lots of blooms.  Just remind us that you would like some.

Any group is welcome to bring a lunch and have it at the farm. We have a large loft but there is no elevator so although it can seat up to 148, some find the stairs difficult to navigate. We can set up tables and chairs outside either under cover or in the prayer garden, in the sun, as interest and weather permit.  Early September generally is still a nice period to be outside.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Judy at  jwcampbell@campbellsgold.com

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Tuesday - Friday 12-6
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-5
Closed Mondays, Stats & January

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2595 Lefeuvre Road
Abbotsford, BC, Canada V4X 1L5
Phone: (604)856-2125
Fax: (604)607-0497
Email:  info@campbellsgold.com

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