Thursday of the conference will feature the Tech Tour, which will give registrants a chance to experience the sights of Niagara and a couple of the largest beekeeping operations in Ontario. Everyone will be bussed, so no worries about maps, carpooling, or sampling a little mead, wine or local beer.
The Thursday Tech Tour is included in the price of the Wednesday through Friday Conference registration, or the Tour can be purchased as a single day registration on Thursday for US $100.
The Tour includes five stops: Parker-Bee Apiaries, the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, lunch and tour at Niagara College and BBQ dinner, auctions and entertainment at Dutchman’s Gold. This promises to be an interesting day that you won’t want to miss. Register early, as space is limited.
Tour one of Ontario's largest apiary, Parker-Bee Apiaries, where owner Mike Parker and the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association have been working to develop an innovative ozone unit to clean old comb. You’ll also see Parker’s unique pallet system for shipping hives for pollination.
We’ll stop and see Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world.
We’ll visit the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory with over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond, waterfall, and the emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight! More than 45 species of butterflies call this beautiful space home.
Take advantage of lunch, tour of the teaching winery and brewery facilities and the gardens, greenhouses and grounds at beautiful Niagara College at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, which will soon be home to Canada’s first commercial beekeepers program.
Niagara College is nestled against the Niagara Escarpment - a UNESCO world biosphere reserve - in the heart of Niagara's wine region.
At this stop, you’ll enjoy lunch provided by Niagara College.
The grounds also offer a lush Aboriginal Garden, planted near the wetland system to demonstrate the importance of native plants for ceremonial, food, medicinal and other needs of Aboriginal groups in Canada, and a teaching Hop Yard (with 17 hop varieties) , a living lab for the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program at Niagara College.
Beer and wine tastings will be available.
Your day will end with a BBQ dinner, silent and queen auctions and live entertainment graciously hosted by John and Alison Van Alten at Dutchman’s Gold Honey and Maple Products. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit the honey house of one of Ontario’s best-known apiaries, a family business since 1981.
Note: there is a limited number of dinner-only registrations on Thursday for those who are NOT registered to attend EAS (and who have not signed up for the Tech Tour Day, which includes dinner). This would include, for example, spouses, partners, family members or business associates of conference registrants who wish to join the fun.
If you are not registered to attend EAS but wish to reserve a place for dinner, please call the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association office: 905 636-0661. Have your credit card handy to facilitate payment.
Dinner only is CAD $39.55 per person (includes HST) and does not include coach transportation. Dinner-only guests will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the Dutchman’s Gold, approximately 28 km / 20 miles each way from the University of Guelph. A sign-up sheet to carpool to and from this event will be available at the conference registration desk.