Enjoy the outdoors in this central northern BC town



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  • Description


    Mackenzie is in the Rocky Mountain Trench, 40 minutes from the Pine Pass in the northern Rockies. Cariboo to the south, Peace country to the east, Yukon to the north.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Mackenzie is a small mill town in north central BC. Built in the late 1960s, it is still largely surrounded by wilderness. Bear, moose, fox and beaver are common wildlife here. There are many small lakes in the area for fishing, swimming, paddling, and a beautiful lake with a beach right in town. The mighty Peace River with the WAC Bennett dam is to the northeast. The town has hiking and biking trails, including technical MTB trails. There are kayak ($10/day) and paddleboard rentals in town, and the host has one kayak to lend. There is some placer mining in the area. Mushroom and berry picking in season. Wild blueberries in August. The host would be happy to take you out on a local hike or paddling excursion.

    Mackenzie has a Co-op grocery, library, rec centre w/ pool, nine-hole golf course, bakery, natural food store, community garden, and two pubs. Cultural activities in town include an arts centre, potters guild, library, museum, weekly outdoor market, and occasional local music.

    Some off-gridders and alt-preneurs living up here. They are always happy to share their activities with visitors.

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    We are seeking help with house painting this summer. Maybe some carpentry, home/backyard projects. There may also be some repair or maintenance help at a vacation ski cabin 45 mins. east. A side project would also welcome help with web design.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Clean room in one of two houses with private or shared bathroom. Phone, wi-fi, cat. Buy own food, some shared meals if you like, garden veg's, basic staple foods available. Non-smoking home(s).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mackenzie is two hours north of Prince George. Public transportation from south or north via BC Bus North or Pine Pass Transport (limited schedules). Inquire though, as the host may be able to arrange a pick up.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    2 - 3 hrs a day. House painting would be 6 - 8 hours per day with remuneration.

Host ref number: 112417196117