Located three and a half kilometres west of Okotoks off of Highway 7, Chinook Honey offers visitors Apiary and Meadery tours from May 8 through September. In their Discovery Centre knowledgeable guides give talks about the amazing bees, their colony structure and how the honey is harvested. The observation hive lets you spy on the private lives of the bees up close and a video portrays the year of a beekeeper from spring to fall.
There is also a lot of buzz about the award winning mead produced by Chinook Arch Meadery Alberta’s first honey winery. Chinook Honey’s expanding roster of meads includes 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 Guinevere’s Elixir, a traditional mead with silky floral notes and a satisfying off-dry finish.
Starting May 8, drop-in Apiary and Meadery tours will be held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on Sundays. In July and August, additional apiary tours are held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The apiary tours are approximately 45 minutes and cost $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and students. Meadery tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors.
Tours for groups of 10 to 50 people can be accommodated but must be booked in advance.
Of course The Chinook Honey Company’ country store also offers a wide variety of honey and other honey-based products. They include honey jams and spreads, health and body care products, gift items, and even their own delicious honey ice cream. A new, very decadent treat is their Chocolate Honey Ganache. It is something you won’t want to miss!
Caption: Watch the busy bees at Chinook Honey Company.