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 completely self-sustaining using innovative ideas and materials at hand.

    We live on beautiful Lasqueti Island, one of the more rural Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Here you will find an island that lives completely off-grid, no paved roads, no police, a strong sense of community, one small convenience store, one bar/restaurant/hotel/gas station all rolled into one, a Free Store, multiple cookie-stands run on the self-serve honor system, an arts center, eccentric characters, feral sheep, wild deer, 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.

    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. Most recent arrivals to Lasqueti Island instantly love our little island... or instantly don't like it. It all depends on the type of person you are. And you know yourself the best.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

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

  • 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. In the summer months, play Ultimate: a frizbee game of running and catching a flying disc.

    From our land, a volunteer could learn to build simple structures out of re-purposed/recycled materials, learn to live life off-grid, learn about different modes of gathering energy, 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. Learn that a fun, healthy, and entertaining life is available without the use of money.

  • Help


    We own 10 acres of forested 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 digging machines scarring the earth. Humans will do lots of wheel-barrowing, shovel-digging, wood chopping activitiies. 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. Your level of 'attention to detail' and ability to follow simple instructions may determine your fate and length of stay.

    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. Watering the garden and harvesting vegitables to eat is a common activity.

    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 when the sun rises to be in tune with nature, eat breakfast, work for a couple of hours, take an hour for lunch, then a few more hours of work in the afternoon. Then relax for the evening and dinner. Afterwards, explore the island and participate in community events. Or, if you prefer, enjoy the solitude and seclusion of the surrounding forest.

    This is our sixth year of hosting WorkAwayers! So far we have hosted over 100 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

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We have rooms in rustic cabins, and we also have plenty of secluded spots on the forest floor for tents.

    As for a bathroom, we have an outhouse and a shower (cold water only). There's hot showers nearby, in case you can't handle the cold water.

  • 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 (contact dancing), hiking, beachcombing, caving, island social events, etc.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Map of Gerry's Property - hand drawn by Justine of Quebec.
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.
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.

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