Ministry of Agriculture

Apiculture Factsheet #003

Beekeeping Books and Periodicals


A large number of books are available to beekeepers. The most common reference books can be purchased at your local beekeeping supplier, or ordered from most bookstores through the internet.

Popular and widely used reference books include:

  • "Honey Bee Diseases & Pests", 3rd Ed. Can. Assoc. Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)
  • "Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees", Malcolm T. Sanford, Storey Publishing
  • "Beekeeping in Western Canada", Alberta Agriculture (Publisher)
  • "The Hive and the Honeybee", Dadant and Sons Inc., Hamilton, Illinois 62341
  • "ABC to XYZ of Beekeeping", A.I. Root Co, Medina, Ohio
  • "The Biology of the Honey Bee", M. L. Winston. Harvard University Press


For local beekeeping suppliers, please refer to Factsheet #006.


There are numerous websites available on the internet focused on every facet related to bees and beekeeping.  Some useful websites include:

Popular Periodicals

  • BeesCene (BCHPA) - Heather Sosnowski, Editor, 250-877-3495,
  • Hive Lights - (subscription included in BCHPA membership)
  • Alberta Bee News (ABC) - Gertie Adair, 780-489-6949,
  • American Bee Journal (Dadant) - Hamilton, Illinois  62341, U.S.A.
  • Bee Culture (Root) - P.O.Box 706, Medina, Ohio 55256, U.S.A.