Re: New to bees from British Columbia Canada
Welcome. Bees are over wintered successfully in colder and damper climates than the Okanagan. The Canadian Prairies can be cold and west coast and east coast are probably damper. Best to check with a number of local bee keepers as to what works for wintering in that particular climate. Think bee keepers, in general, are a very open and helpful. If you are honest, keenly interested, and willing to work at it weekly, you will be successful new bee keeper. Putting bees in a hive in the spring and coming back in the fall to harvest honey doesn't work! Good luck.
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