Honey Bees

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Current Regulations

Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to increase pollination for plants. With good management practices, beekeeping is a safe activity and is allowed within Whitehorse on properties that are zoned AG-Agriculture, RC1-Country Residential 1, and RC2-Country Residential 2, as well as at the Downtown community garden. Apiaries (hives) are a provision of "hobby agriculture" in the City's Zoning Bylaw.  

Will the Regulations Change?  

Potential changes to the City's beekeeping regulations were identified in the 2020 Local Food & Urban Agriculture Study.  

Reporting a Honey Bee Swarm

Honey bees can occasionally swarm between late April and early June. When a swarm occurs, about half of the bees in a hive will leave with the queen to start a new colony. Typically, the swarm will rest for a short period of time within several metres from the original hive before relocating to find a more permanent location. A swarm of honey bees is not typically dangerous, but can make people feel uncomfortable. 

If you see a swarm of honey bees, contact a local beekeeper to assist you, and ideally include a photo in your email. There are many kinds of wild and domesticated bees found in Yukon; check resources online to confirm that you are dealing with honey bees. Swarms can relocate quickly, so it is important to report a swarm right away. 

Wildlife Management

If you keep honey bees on your property, consider installing electric fencing, particularly in areas with high incidence of wildlife encounters: