World Honeybee Day

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Aug 18, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
World Honeybee Day
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Included with admission

Get the buzz on honeybees and learn how these small insects not only supply us with honey but 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!

Plant Portraits Exhibition Tours

11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Exhibition tours of the Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada will be offered by Celia Godkin, botanical artist, teacher, biologist and children's author/illustrator.

Story Time

English presentation at 10 a.m. & French presentation at 10:30 a.m.
Bring your little bees to meet the Queen! Gather around her throne to listen to a fun story.

From Honeycomb to Jar

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Our Museum beekeeper will demonstrate the art of honey extraction. Try your hand at this unique activity!

Meet the Museum Beekeeper

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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. 

Bee Inspired: Our Journey to Save the Bees

1 p.m.
Bee inspired as you discover the practical ways you can protect and save bees. Presentation by Marianne Gee of Gees Bees Honey Company.

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!


Ongoing activity
Show your love for our tiny pollinating friends by making a lovely bee button!

Baking with Honey

Ongoing activity (Kitchen closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Enjoy tasty treats featuring honey as the not-so-secret ingredient.

Honey Ice Cream Making

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Help make ice cream using an old-fashioned hand-crank freezer. Today’s secret ingredient will bee…honey of course! The best part? Everyone who helps can taste the end result!

Corn Roast and Pollination

12 p.m. - while quantities last
What’s the difference between self-pollination and cross-pollination? Join Museum guides to learn about the different methods of pollination. Afterwards enjoy a sample of farm fresh corn.

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! Blue Shoes Honey, Forest Green Naturals, and Nature Made Honey will all be onsite.

Daily Demonstrations

10 a.m. “Cooking for Cows” – Dairy Barn
11 a.m. All about Feathers – Poultry House
1:15 p.m. Rabbit Care – Poultry House
3 p.m. Worms and Bees Helping Flowers and Trees – Soil Lab
4 p.m. Afternoon Milking – Dairy Barn

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

Tally-Ho Wagon Rides ($)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Weather permitting
Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon pulled by a tractor. 

Food Services ($)

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

Face Painting ($)

The Painted Pixie will be on site to work her magic!