Off-Grid Eco-Project on Beautiful Lasqueti Island, British Columbia, Canada

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    My name is Roxan and my Dad is named Gerry. Our life goal at the moment is to build a house and a small cabin that are completely off-grid and almost completely self-sustaining using innovative ideas and materials at hand.

    We live on beautiful Lasqueti Island, one of more rural Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Here you will find an island that lives completely off-grid, no paved roads, no police, strong sense of community, one small convenience store, one bar/restaurant/hotel/gas station all rolled into one, one Free Store, multiple cookie-stands run by the self-serve honor system, an arts center, eccentric characters, feral sheep, billions of stars, gardens galore, houses and structures made in all shapes and forms by all different types of materials. Its an island to learn from, and to share your knowledge.

    We would appreciate any help anybody has to offer and we are always looking for ideas of how to improve our structures, our ways of living, etc. We hope that it would be a mutual exchange of knowledge and wisdom.

    This year we are using a slightly different format: instead of various WorkAwayers arriving sporadically throughout the year, we are organizing them into crews (up to 4 people at a time) and hosting them during specific 10-day shifts.

    Please apply for any of the following 10-day shifts:

    April 1st - 10th, 2018
    June 1st - 10th, 2018
    August 1st - 10th, 2018
    September 1st - 10th, 2018

    We will notify the successful applicants 30 days before arrival date.

    Please contact us for additional details; our hosting system is somewhat unusual. Please read our profile carefully, including our feedback, before making your decision to come to Lasqueti Island.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    We own 10 acres of prime Pacific Northwest land and we try our best to tread lightly and keep it in a close-to natural state. Most of our building work is done by human-power, which means no big excavators scarring the earth and lots of wheel-barrowing, shovel-digging, and log-dragging activities. At the moment we have lots of tasks involving harvesting beached cedar logs to make hand-split cedar shakes and nailing them onto the house. In particular, we are looking for people that can split firewood with an axe, use a wheelbarrow to move the split firewood, and finally stack the firewood in the designated location.

    We also have a large garden that we maintain throughout the year and are constantly looking for ways to maximize our crops and for different types of fruits and vegetables to plant, etc.

    Cooking is another skill that is useful here. We have primitive cooking facilities (woodstove top and two propane burners) and we try to eat as much as possible from the garden. This may require getting creative with meals (mostly vegetarian).

    Most of our days are easy going and simple. Wake up early to be in tune with nature, eat breakfast, work for a couple of hours, take a couple hours for lunch, then a few more hours of work in the afternoon, then relax for the evening and dinner. We treat it as a "get out of it what you put in" situation.

    We provide all food in exchange for volunteering.

    This is our third year of hosting WorkAwayers! So far we have hosted over 45 WorkAwayers from many countries around the world.

    We had many wondrous and joyous experiences with almost all of the WorkAwayers we hosted, and even developed some great long-lasting friendships in the process.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some spanish and french

  • Accommodation


    We have a couple of wooden platforms with roofs which are idyllic in the summer, or good with a tent in the winter. We also have plenty of nice spots on the ground for tents.

    As for a bathroom, we have an outhouse and a shower fort (cold wáter only).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As mentioned, there are plenty of things to do on Lasqueti. Lots of beaches to swim at, farmers market on saturdays, community sports teams, playing ultimate, saunas, draping, hiking, beachcombing, island social events, etc.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The cultural Exchange on Lasqueti Island is definitely a worthwhile one. The community is very strong and people are always doing interesting things, willing to help you out, willing to teach, willing to share.

    There are plenty events at the Community Hall and music, arts and crafts, etc.

    From our land, a volunteer could learn to build simple structures out of resourceful/recycled materials, learn to live life off-grid, learn about different modes of gathering energy, able to get closer to nature, learn to identify the different types of Wood and lumber in the Pacific northwest, learn about beach-combing and boating, learn how to hand-split cedar shakes, how to install shakes, learn about organic gardening, etc.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Off Grid Photo Album from Lasqueti Island

Map of Gerry's Property - hand drawn by Justine of Quebec.
Finn and Sean pose beside the cedar fence posts they installed.
Roxan and her dad, Gerry, on their way back from gathering Styrofoam to be used as home insulation.
This passive-solar house, currently under construction, will warm itself using the heat of the sun. During the summer, the house will also cool itself using the heat of the sun. How? Join us in the construction of this unique off-grid home and find out.
The self-watering garden, built over top a swamp, with the passive solar house in the background.
This yurt-like structure is used as a lounge, kitchen, dining room and games room.
Gathering Styrofoam for insulating our cabin and home cleans the shoreline at the same time.
Chainsawing round after round after round of high quality Douglas Fir firewood is only part of the fun.
Chopping round after round after round of firewood using a 4.5 pound Arvika splitting axe. Classic!
Help us plant, harvest, prepare, and eat organic fruit and vegetables from the self-watering garden.
Human power is better than machine power - dragging beams harvested from blow-down trees nearby.
The humble beginnings of Roxan's off-grid cabin.
Hand-split western red cedar shakes, harvested on local beaches and shoreline make perfect wall covering and a long-lasting weather-resistant roof.

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