We are located on Vancouver Island in the foothills below the Comox Glacier, 6 km. from the ocean and have hosted travelling helpers for 18 years. Accommodation is a rustic and basic bright loft in the bicycle building workshop. (Unheated but with plenty of quilts and a hot water bottle, plus the house is warmed with a cozy wood cook stove in cool weather.) We have several garden plots, a greenhouse, fruit trees and a walnut tree. I am a writer, a folk musician and a community and social justice advocate and Ross is a peace activist, an alternative bicycle designer, specializing in power assist and recumbent bicycles, utility cycling and bike packing. The tasks depend on the season and include general gardening work such as compost making, planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting, fence repair, plus firewood, bicycle repair, help in the kitchen and occasionally some house work. We eat organic vegetarian meals, fish, chicken and meat. There are wilderness outdoor recreational activities close by, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking and swimming. There are cultural events in the village of Cumberland, 3 km. away, and in Courtenay, 9 km. away. We have bikes to lend and there is a local bus system. We share our house with one cat. As we are a small place we are open to and prefer shorter stays.We request that helpers please refrain from using chemically scented products while staying with us. The garden is in full swing now and there is much weeding to be done. We are also looking to complete some simple carpentry projects and would be very happy to host someone who has some woodworking skills.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There is always plenty of stimulating chatter about a large range of topics such as healthy eating, world politics, peace activism, the environment and climate change. And of course travel, gardening, cooking and family histories. As I was born in India I love to talk about Indian culture and politics and Ross is especially keen on fitness and exercise.
We can find tasks for both skilled and unskilled workers and happy to teach. A willingness to work and learn is what we are looking for.
Accommodation is in a rustic and basic bright loft in the bicycle building workshop. We provide sheets and bedding but the traveller is also free to use their own sleeping bag.
All food is provided. Travellers generally prepare their own breakfast and lunch and I make supper which we eat as a family.
There are wilderness outdoor recreational activities close by, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking and swimming. There are cultural events in the village of Cumberland, 3 km. away, and in Courtenay, 9 km. away. We have bikes to lend and there is a local bus system.
There is wifi and we encourage travellers to explore nearby Cumberland, famous for a rich mining history and world class mountain bike trails. We also ask travellers to retire to their room after 9:00 pm as we turn in early.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week