Looking for help with gardening, maintenance, and sometimes childcare on Denny Island, BC, Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are on Denny Island, population appx. 70, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Canada's wild west coast. Come stay with us! You will have your own waterfront cabin, all the peace and quiet you can ask for, and nice work on a beautiful property! We have one very cheerful 7 year old boy. Please note: before you contact us, please look into travel; it is a long way and not cheap to get here from most other places. You can fly from Vancouver Island or Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Airlines, or ferry from Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Bella Coola on a 6-12 hour BC Ferries trip, which usually means a night's stay in the port of departure on both ends. Thank you!!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Denny Island is a wonderful community where everyone knows each other. You can easily walk to the local marina, where you'll find friendly people, a store and other amenities. In winter it is QUIET here, except for the storms! We are generally pretty quiet, progressive, environmentally-friendly hardworking people and we have a lot of skills and experience to share. We love to get out on the water, spend time at the beach, work on our place, pick wild berries and garden. We live a largely boat-based lifestyle that is quite unique due to our remote location. Skills you will practice here in winter/spring: doing carpentry with non-corporate lumber; scrounging for materials; beachcombing for building supplies, seaweed for compost, and other treasures; walking on slippery rocks and logs; using small boats to get around; reading books (on long dark nights); interacting with people from all walks of life that wind up here, and feral children; learn about Heiltsuk First Nations culture; learn about wildlife conservation; exploring in wolf and bear country; learn how to rock a potluck.

  • Help


    We are seeking help with building a path, some childcare, and cooking/housework for end of Feb. Then in March we will be working on a greenhouse, fence building for deer, and other projects. We have a waterfront acre with house and two cabins that we rent out in summer.

    Workaways must be happy to work in the rain at times because we live in the rainforest, but we try to do undercover jobs when it is pouring. Our place is best suited to independent people with some experience behind them seeking a quiet place with beautiful surroundings to explore - not much for nightlife here except owls and wolves!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some french

  • Accommodation


    There is a comfortable self-contained cabin right on the water with bathroom, shower, and kitchen.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    All of the volunteers we've had in the past have loved it here! Pacific Coastal airlines flies daily from Vancouver and Port Hardy, and BC Ferries comes from Port Hardy or Prince Rupert, stopping in Bella Bella once a week during winter.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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