I phoned BeeMaid this morning. Carol was very helpful. She is trying to find a beekeeper in my area, who would be willing to pick-up my bees along with his. One hour drive is better than six hours of driving-one way. This gentleman that she is working with is getting 100 hives. She is just trying to coordinate with him which day is convenient for him. The days available are April 12, 16 (which is to early for my area), 22, 30, and May 5. It's getting closer!!
The bees that are available to purchase in Alberta are NZ bees. The bees are imported from ARATAKI HONEY LTD. Click here to go their website. Make sure you click on their little video on how they package and export bees to Canada. It is quite interesting.
While I was on the phone with Carol, I bit the bullet, screwed up the courage and asked for the damage. For one queen and 2.2 pounds of bees the cost is $150.00. And I am getting three of these packages.
I haven't purchased any protection gear yet, or a smoker, or a hive tool. I am not even considering purchasing any honey extractor equipment yet. Although I have been looking.
Total so far for the hives and bees is just under $1000.00.
Steep investment, but I think in the long run, and everything goes well (fingers crossed) I think it is going to be well worth it. I think it is a fair trade off. I will be guaranteed pollinators for the hay crops, pasture, and fruit trees, and gardens. The ladies will have food, and next year we will reap some benefits. Honey that is as natural as you can get it.