Beautiful lodge between two lakes in Markstay, Canada



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  • Description


    Hello Travellers!
    We are Patrick and Amy and we live at a remote, off-grid lodge with our two young children and one happy dog.

    The lodge was established in 1947, and 4 of the property's 7 cabins are the original log cabins with additions added over the years. We host guests from all over Ontario and sometimes further to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with nature. Our goal is to make the lodge a getaway from the city for families and others looking for peace and quiet and wilderness adventure.

    We use renewable energy: primarily water turbine and supplemented by solar for power, a ram pump for running water, and our own gardens for fruit, vegetables and herbs. We have many projects on the go including finishing construction of the new lodge, renovating the cabins, expanding our trail system, cultivating our sustainable garden, and more. We will never ask our workawayers to help with anything related to our business.

    We will never ask our workawayers to help with anything related to our business.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located between two lakes on the Chiniguchi River water system. The area displays the best of northern Ontario with tall ancient pine trees and there is history to be discovered in the old log cabins and railway system.

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  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We expect our workawayers to work 4-5 hours each day for 5 days a week in exchange for food and accommodation. For those keen to work harder than that, with approval, we are able to offer a wage for hours worked above the initial 4 hours at a rate of $14.35 (the minimum wage for Ontario). Please let us know if you have professional experience and we will set up an interview to discuss employment. Outside of working hours, we expect everyone who stays with us to be a part of the lodge community by helping with dinner, dishes, and general clean up.

    The help we need varies by season, the list below is by no means comprehensive but includes many tasks you can expect to be a part of!

    Weeding and maintaining the many gardens in which we grow our herbs and vegetables, landscaping and lawn maintenance, working on our trail system, childcare, maintaining the order and cleanliness of the property (sauna, beach, etc), housekeeping in the lodge, etc

    Construction (building and updates, etc), getting ready for winter, childcare, gathering/chopping/stacking firewood, housekeeping in the lodge, etc

    Childcare, working on snowshoe trails, gathering/chopping/stacking firewood, indoor construction projects (plumbing, tiling, painting, etc), housekeeping in the lodge, etc

    SPRING - the busiest time of year as we prepare for summer
    Construction (building and updates, etc), childcare, deep clean and refresh of property (eg. sauna, storage areas etc), maintaining trail system from new growth, setting up the property for summer, planting, weeding, and maintaining the many gardens in which we grow our herbs and vegetables, housekeeping in the lodge, etc

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have one rustic cabin with an outhouse nearby and an outdoor shower with heated water available from April to October. There is electricity, however no running water in the cabin.
    We also have several rooms in the lodge. If you are coming in the winter, this is where you will stay as the lodge is always heated.
    We host multiple workawayers at a time, so you may be offered the cabin or a room in the lodge depending on availability. Wherever you stay, we share meals together in the lodge.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, a wood-burning sauna and hot tub, and a network of trails in the surrounding crown land for you to access and explore. We also enjoy having campfires, pontoon boat tours, stargazing, and other outdoor adventures. We are looking forward to having you be a part of this experience!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 235511935552