61. Bee smoker

61 - bee smoker

ca. 1920s-1930s

Battle River Pioneer Museum

This bee smoker belonged to the Jack and Ruth Lambert family who homesteaded in the Manning area. He was persuaded to move to the Peace Country in 1931. He spent the winter with his friends hauling wood to build their shacks and barns, and working for the railways further south. The summer was spent erecting the shanty and clearing land. Beekeeping was an important industry for many farmers. To help their crops flourish over the long summer days, many farmers had apiaries. The Peace Country region is still renowned for its honey, especially in the Girouxville-Falher-Guy area.