Come for the bees, stay for the honey!
Step into the life of a honeybee at the Parry Sound and Area Community Apiary. Learn about these hardworking insects and get up close to the busy beehives! The apiary is located in the traditional territory of the Anishinabek and other Indigenous nations. The word for honey is aamoo-ziinzibaakwad.
From Monday to Friday, drop into the amazing apiary to watch bees at work and view the nearby pollinator garden supplying the nectar. Learn about other local pollinators and plants during your visit to see how beautiful a wildlife garden can be! On weekends, please book your tours in advance. Tours are by donation.
People of all ages will enjoy this experience. Wheelchair accessible, washrooms and free parking available on site.
Species at Risk in the Spotlight
Look closely for its distinct yellow and black abdominal band pattern to identify the Yellow-banded Bumble Bee! Also known as a ‘nectar robber’, this bumble bee will sometimes gather nectar by reaching through holes bitten in the base of a flower. A variety of factors have caused the Yellow-banded Bumble Bee to be listed in 2016 as a species of ‘Special Concern’.
Report your sightings of this bumble bee of special concern.
Plan Your visit
1 College Drive
Parry Sound, ON P2A 0A9
The Parry Sound Community Apiary is located just off of Hwy 400 at Canadore College West Parry Sound Campus. Tours available Monday to Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and on weekends by special appointment only (please provide two weeks notice, for a minimum group size of ten people).
Are you a teacher? Try our “Pollination Power” lesson plans for grade 3’s