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Beekeeping in Newfoundland and Labrador was established in the late 1970s, and today, there are three commercial operators and approximately fifty independent beekeepers.  The situation here is unique as the province is the last place on earth that has not been affected by bee diseases and mites with associated colony collapse.  This is a result of a ban on honeybee imports that has been in place for more than ten years.  Moreover, the level of agricultural operations using toxic pesticides is minimal.  As a result, the beekeepers of the province can manage their colonies without using chemical treatments.  In addition, our bees enjoy healthy immune systems.

The bees forage on Newfoundland’s rugged natural terrain to create truly unique and organic varietals of honey.

There are almost fifty different species of native bees and bumblebees in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Many of these bees nest in loose ground on south facing slopes.  They have been demonstrated to be the primary source of pollination of our blueberry and cranberry crops.  

 We have a uniquely gentle breed of honeybee well adapted to our northern climate. This has attracted national and international interest and requests for bee exports.

You can help our native and honey bees by supporting the ban on bee imports, avoid use of harmful pesticides, and support bee habitat and our local beekeepers.