South Simcoe: Birthplace of Canadian Honey Production
The famous Simcoe County settler, D.A. Jones is considered the ‘Bee King of Canada’.
In 1880, he was producing 70,000 pounds from 400 colonies and had an apiary foreman and several boys as assistants. Jones sought to improve his bees by importing pure breeding stock from Europe and the Middle East. (Honey-bees were not native to North America, and he was not content to capture wild bees, as had been the custom.)
In 1874 the village's name was changed to Beeton to honour the influence of D.A. Jones on the village's development. Jones was the first commercial honey producer in Canada.
His legacy continues today in the thriving apiculture industry of South Simcoe. The municipalities of Adjala-Tosorontio, New Tecumseth, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa and Innisfil welcome you to explore the many businesses who celebrate the importance of Bees and Honey from yesterday and today.
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Use the Honey Trail Passport Map to visit our member locations from May 25 to October 13, 2019. Get your passport stamped at each location for a chance to win one of five prize packages of limited–edition Honey Trail product and merchandise! To enter, collect five or more passport stamps from any of our eight Mercantile and two farmers’ market locations. Drop your completed Passport Map at any participating location. Prizes will be drawn Friday October 25.
No purchase necessary to enter. Winners must be 18 years of age or older to claim prizes.
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I am 18 years old or over
Notice of Collection: Your personal information is being collected pursuant to Section 8 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the purpose of the Bee and Honey Trail draw only. Questions regarding the collection of this information may be directed to the Experience Development Co-ordinator, Tourism Simcoe County, County of Simcoe, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario L0L 1X0 (705)726-9300 ext 1620. No pruchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older.
2019 Honey Trail Members:
May 25th 10am-4pm Main St. Beeton
The Beeton Honey and Garden Festival has celebrated all things bees and honey for the last forty years. This one day festival began to commemorate the history of the village and the important work of D.A. Jones as the Bee King of Canada. The festival features over 190 unique venders, scrumptious food selections, all day entertainment and a classic car and truck show
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