The bees were quieter because it was early spring - they hadn't had enough time yet to build up their population.
There were about 25 people on the course, mostly from southern Ontario but some had come from farther north.
The course covered bee diseases too. Unfortunately there's a plethora of viruses and pests that are troubling our honey bees globally at the moment.
No bee stings for me on this first excursion into hives.