Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery is an interesting, educational, fun and tasty place for the whole family to visit. Mike and Judy Campbell are retired professionals whose hobby has grown into a delightfully sweet gem located in Abbotsford.
Several years ago Mike started beekeeping as a hobby and started making honey in the mid nineties. When Mike retired, his hobby became a thriving business and when Judy retired it really took off! They recalled their living room being taken over by honey shelves. Eventually they knew it was time to go big or get out and they decided on go big! An old barn was torn down and the present production, education and retail facility was built. Live bees, orchards, a small vineyard, prayer garden and more is set on their 8 acres. It’s an extremely impressive use of space.
We were treated to a bee education session and it was outstanding. We had no idea how extremely interesting bee culture is! Campbell’s Honey Gold provides free self-directed tours of their facility where one can taste honey and walk out to a live hive. Formal tours for groups of 5 or more people are available for a cost of $8/pp. These 1-2 hour tours include classroom education, observation of live bees and a honey treat to take home. Mike and Judy enjoy visitors from 3 to over 100 years old. School and church groups, seniors centres – all kinds of organizations are taking in some fun bee knowledge!
Honey is simply amazing and we’re pretty blessed to have so many local honey farms scattered throughout the Fraser Valley. At Campbell’s Gold you will find honey and bee products from many local producers: flavoured honey (jalapeno, chocolate mint and orange were some of our favourites), hand creams, soaps, furniture polish, Propolis, candles and lots more! As an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, honey has many uses.
Probably one of our favourite things about Campbell’s Gold – it’s also a meadery! Mead is a honey wine and it is sweet, smooth and delicious. Campbell’s Gold Meadery is the only meadery on BC’s mainland, so their mead is a hot seller! At Christmas, a spiced mead is available at Campbell’s Gold and we hear it’s divine. They also produce a number of honey Melomel wines, which are part whole fruit (not just the juice) and part honey. If you’ve never tried these before, definitely mark down mead and honey wine tasting at Campbell’s Gold on your summer to-do list!
You will find so much going on at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery. The bees, the shop, the meditation/prayer garden that is a stunning site for wedding/engagement photos. The top floor of their facility is also a great banquet hall that is available for wedding receptions, meetings and other events.
Look for some great events happening throughout the year at Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery. July 5th – 9th there is a Junior Beekeeper course for kids ages 10-14 (sounds like fun!), August 21st is Art in the Garden, August 28th is FREE Family Fun Day.
Thanks for the bee education and tasty drinks, Mike and Judy. We so very much enjoy your passion for bees and community!
Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery
2595 Lefeuvre Road, Abbotsford