Bees and honey are part of the fabric of the community in the Town of New Tecumseth, where we have a long and storied history of apiculture related activities. The famous settler, D.A. Jones, was considered the ‘Bee King of Canada’ and his work and entrepreneurial spirit resulted in the village of Beeton being known as the birthplace of Canadian commercial honey production. The community has continued the celebration of all things bees for decades, hosting the annual Beeton Honey & Garden Festival on the last Saturday of May each year, where visitors can learn about the importance of bees and find vendors selling honey, beeswax products, and flowers and gardening supplies to support bee habitats.
The Town continues to improve and natural areas within our parks and public spaces to support pollution opportunities and wildlife development.
The Town will continue to provide resources towards naturalizing the parks and public spaces to allow more pollution opportunities.
In 2017, the Town partnered with its neighbouring municipalities in the County of Simcoe (Adjala-Tosorontio, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, and Innisfil) and Tourism Simcoe County (TSC) on a project aimed at determining the feasibility of apiculture as an agri-tourism product. TSC staff felt that there was an opportunity to develop a tourism trail around bees and honey production.
The Town of New Tecumseth has a long history of apiculture related activities. The famous settler, D.A. Jones, was considered the ‘Bee King of Canada’ and his work and entrepreneurial spirit resulted in the village of Beeton being known as the birthplace of Canadian commercial honey production.
An analysis of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and an environmental scan of the area revealed that the legacy of Jones’ work continues to this day with a thriving apiculture industry in south Simcoe, where there is a higher concentration of beekeepers and farms owning honey bees than almost any other area of Ontario. The first project to be launched as an outcome of the market development plan is the Honey Trail, which was formally introduced by TSC at the Beeton Honey & Garden Festival on May 25th.