Honeybee Day

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Aug 17, 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Honeybee Day
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Included with admission

Get the buzz on honeybees! Learn how these small insects not only supply us with honey, but also have a huge impact on agriculture and our everyday lives. Join us at this family-friendly event that’s sure to be the bee’s knees! New this year: take part in the Honey Run, a fun activity for the whole family in partnership with Run Ottawa.


Daily Demonstrations

10 a.m. Meet the Turkeys – Poultry House
11 a.m. Meet the Donkeys – Sheep and Goat Field
12 p.m. Discover Discovery Park – Discovery Park
2 p.m. Rabbit Care – Poultry House
3 p.m. Mason Bees & Native Pollinators – Soil Lab
4 p.m. Afternoon Milking – Dairy Barn

Demonstration times are subject to change. Please check your handouts the day of the event.

From Honeycomb to Jar (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.)

Our museum beekeeper will demonstrate the art of honey extraction. Try your hand at this unique activity!

Honey Ice Cream Making (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.)

Help make ice cream using an old-fashioned hand-crank freezer. The secret ingredient will bee…honey of course! The best part? Everyone who helps can taste the end result!

Aerial Antics (1 p.m.)

Aerial Antics is Ottawa's "vertical theatre" company. Known for their signature blend of comedy, visual effects, and high-flying aerial acrobatics they skillfully blend circus, and theatrics to entertain all ages.

Beekeeping Basics (ongoing activity)

Learn all about what it takes to bee in charge of a hive! Try on a beekeeper’s uniform and gloves, put an empty hive back together, and learn how honeybees turn nectar into honey.

Attracting Pollinators (ongoing activity)

Meet members of the Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton. Learn tips and tricks for planting and caring for a pollinator garden.

Bee Costume Contest (ongoing activity)

Dress up as a bee for a chance to win a child’s birthday party at the museum!

Craft (ongoing activity)

Show your love for our tiny pollinating friends by making a lovely stick puppet.

Pollinator Identification Challenge (ongoing activity – closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

Visitors can spin the wheel and test their knowledge of local pollinators.

Baking with Honey (ongoing activity – kitchen closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Enjoy tasty treats featuring honey as the not-so-secret ingredient.

The Honey Run! (Kids Run Ottawa 1K – 8:30 a.m. and Run Ottawa 5K – 9 a.m.)

Get in touch with your inner pollinator as you enjoy a run through scenic farm land! Runners are encouraged to dress up as their favourite bees, butterflies, bats, and birds.

Click here for more details and registration information.

The Hive (Market - $) (ongoing activity)

From artisanal honey and specialty chocolates to handcrafted soap, come meet our local vendors. Discover their products — made with the help of the smallest friends on the farm!

Wagon Rides ($) weather permitting (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon.

Face Painting ($)

A face painter will be on site to work their magic!

Food Services ($)

The Hot Potato Company will be on site to offer food services.

More info on Honey Run – August 17, 2019

As part of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum’s Honeybee Day celebrations, we are pleased to present: The Honey Run!

  • Get in touch with your inner pollinator as you enjoy a run through scenic farm land! Runners are encouraged to dress up as their favourite bees, butterflies, bats, and birds; those in costume will be eligible to enter a draw for the chance to win a Canada Agriculture and Food Museum birthday party!
  • Kids Run Ottawa Free 1K starts at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9 a.m.  
  • Delicious, freshly-baked honey muffins will be available after the run. 
  • Race participants will be granted free access to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on race day.
  • Funds raised will be directed to the museum’s Youth Fund, which allows children to access educational programs without financial barriers.