The Chinook Honey Company is giving people a chance to get up close and personal with the busy bees that keep the popular foothills honey farm buzzing. Located three-and-a-half km west of Okotoks off Highway 7, Chinook Honey offers visitors Apiary and Meadery tours from May through September.
In their Discovery Centre, knowledgeable guides will give talks about the amazing bees, their colony structure and how the honey is harvested. There is an Observation Hive where you can watch the honey bees as well as videos of beekeepers in action.
“We hope to educate people about the honey bees and their importance in our world,” says owner Cherie Andrews.
Depending on the time of year you could witness the queen laying eggs, the worker bees coming in with pollen or nectar, bees feeding the young brood and perhaps even watch as young bees emerge from their wax comb.
There is also a lot of buzz about the award winning mead produced from Chinook Arch Meadery. Mead may be the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, but Cherie says Albertans are re-discovering this unique honey wine and what makes it different from its grape-based cousin. Chinook Honey’s expanding roster of meads include the summer favourites; Black and Blue and Summer Sassation – a unique and delicate mead made with local Saskatoon berries. New to the selection this year is Raspberry Rhapsody, a refreshing mead bursting with the taste of summer raspberries.
Starting in May, drop-in Apiary and Meadery tours will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. In July and August additional tours are held on Thursdays and Fridays.
Of course the Chinook Honey Company’s Country Store also offers a wide variety of honey and other honey-based products. A new treat is their Chocolate Honey Ganache. It is something you won’t want to miss!
Caption: See what’s buzzing at the Chinook Honey Company. Located west of Okotoks.