I moved to the Slocan Valley last fall. It has been all the peace and quiet and opportunity to provide my own food that I imagined. There's always projects and problem solving and it feels good to be doing it myself and with the help of neighbours. I'm a very grateful part of a small community of doers.
The Slocan Valley is a very do-it-yourself place. People are relaxed but super handy. Useful hippies. It's also a paradise of mountains and pristine lakes and rivers. There's climbing and paddling and outdoor adventures everywhere.
Lots to do on the homestead! We have a dozen ducks (they mostly provide entertainment and eggs and don't require much work), and an expanding garden (currently about the equivalent of about ten 10'x3' raised beds). I'm trying to clear some brush in the back 4 acres for fireproofing purposes. We have some apples around that need picking and processing in the fall.
Your own private camper with stove, fridge, sink.
There is some communal food available from the gardens, eggs, and basics like flour, sugar, etc. I would be especially keen to get a communal dinner every night if dietary preferences allow.
I like to work in the morning's when it's cool and go spend the hot hours in the afternoon in the river (can walk 10 minutes to the river or drive to lots of nice spots). Floating the river is a so mellow and nice. there's a couple sections of small rapids that are exciting in an explorer 200 :) In the evenings I do some more work when it cools down.
I try to get out climbing or mounatineering or canoeing at least once a week. Fridays there a slow pitch beer league and volleyball after in Slocan that has become a happy habit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week