This Saturday, Buckerfield's is distributing live honeybees to their stores throughout the province, including Parksville.
Buckerfield's has pre-sold almost 160 nucleus colonies in their eight stores, with 23 nucleus colonies being pre-sold in Parksville. Some of the buyers are first-time beekeepers.
The nucleus colonies are being supplied from Golden Ears Apiaries in Mission.
The bee colonies will be picked up on Friday and transported overnight to Parksville before the heat of the day sets in.
Buckerfield's CEO Kelvin McCulloch said the bees have to go to their new homes as soon as they arrive. After the bees are picked up, McCulloch said the bees need to be let out immediately to fly, or else they will die.
There will also be specials on beekeeping equipment at the stores.
The bee nucleus colonies can be picked up May 14 between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
— NEWS Staff/Buckerfield's