Bees need land that is chemical-free, ideally miles from industrial monocultures and pollution.
We only place hives on rural countryside property with a minimum of 5 acres that are free of the use of any herbicides, pesticides or chemical treatments. Just as nature intended. Plentiful and diverse food sources of pollen, nectar plus water nearby are essentials. Hives do need some sort of wind break to the west, plus direct sunlight exposure, ideally facing south and east for at least 6 – 8 hours per day. If your rural property, organic farm, and/or gardens have a good supply of untreated (non-sprayed) fruit trees, or native flowering plants, then you likely have the perfect spot for bees.
In Ontario, honeybee colonies cannot be placed within 30 metres of a property line separating the land on which the hives are placed, from land occupied as a dwelling or used for a community centre, public park or other place of public assembly or recreation.
As such, we focus on properties that are at least 5 acres in size.
Hives, with or without bees, cannot be located within 10 metres of a highway.