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8750 West Coast Road, Sooke
Tel: 250.642.1956

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beeThe Mystery of the Missing Bees

by Susan Hauser, Northwest Palate – September/ October 2008

B.C. Beekeeper Optimistic Despite Losses

Bob Liptrot’s beehives dot 12 oceanside acres west of Victoria on Vancouver Island. This is Tugwell Creek Honey Farm. Since 2003 its been a meadery, as well, producing up to 12,000 bottles of honey wine each year.Liptrot says after learning beekeeping from his neighbor as a boy, his innate curiosity led him eventually to a Master’s degree in Apicultural Sciences from Simon Fraser University.

During the summer, people stop by Liptrot’s tasting room to sample the variety of meads he makes from his own honey. Invariable, the subject of colony collapse disorder comes up. Between sips, visitors can get an education.

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Location & Hours
Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery
8750 West Coast Road Sooke, BC V9Z 1H2
Tel: (250) 642-1956
Email: [email protected]

Tasting Room Hours of Operation
Wednesday to Sunday 12-5pm starting May 2nd.
May to September 12-5pm Wednesday through Sunday
October to April 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday
*closed January and all civic holidays.

Trade Contact
Regional Agent Lower Mainland, Whistler & Sunshine Coast
Richard Massey: [email protected]
Tel: 604-454-4046