Hello! We are a Swiss-German family living in the Shuswap! We live on an acreage about 15 minutes outside of Salmon Arm and about 45 minutes from Vernon. We are a family of five, but only our youngest daughter still lives at home. She will be leaving for university in September. Our cat Joey is part of the family and we also keep chickens and rabbits.
Salmon Arm is a great home base to explore the surrounding area. There's lots of lakes and hiking/mountain biking trails, plenty of camping, as well as wineries and orchards.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Even though we immigrated to Canada over 20 years ago, we still hold some European values. Family time is important to us and everyone contributes. We don't like wasting resources including food, electricity, water (ex: we turn the lights off when leaving a room, we collect rain water for the garden) and reuse whatever we can.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need help with landscaping in the backyard; we will be putting in a pond with a waterfall feature. Help in the vegetable garden would be great as well (planting, watering, weeding). Sometime this summer we will get a truckload of logs which need to be cut and split (using our log splitter) for firewood. Part of our property is forested which needs to be cleared of branches and fallen trees. If you like cooking, occasional meal prep would be much appreciated.
We have 2 bedrooms available. The bathroom is shared with our daughter. We have been renovating for a while and there are still some finishing touches missing. Usually, mealtimes are an opportunity to spend some time together. We eat pretty much anything, preferably quick and easy :) Of course we'll be considerate to any allergies or dietary lifestyles, but we will need help with food prep in those cases.
There is no public transit in our area, so you will need a vehicle to get around. We like to keep our home reasonably tidy (definitely not clean freaks). Our evenings are relaxed and quiet; for example we enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony, watch a movie or maybe play a card game. We hope you feel at home and can be part of the family.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our internet is slow...
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week