Explore, ride horses, hike, swim, and enjoy the Okanagan Shuswap Region of BC, Canada

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    03/10/2022

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a 5 acre 6 horse, & 2 dog hobby farm, located between Enderby and Salmon Arm in the North Okanagan Shuswap region of British Columbia. In 2014-2015 I hosted quite a lot but then a move and change in life stopped my ability to host. Now I am looking forward to hosting again. My husband Mike works for the federal government and I work for a local financial institution. Our two children are ages 12 and 15, so our helpers must like sassy, funny teenagers. We are a very active family with a small property, large home and plenty of work always needing to be done. I ride our horses competitively in barrel racing and our daughter also rides too. We love our home, our location and our lifestyle and would love to share our experiences with someone else.

    We are looking for someone who is independent, self sufficient and doesn’t mind being unsupervised at times. As a helper, most days you’d be on your own from 7:30-4:00. There is no public transit from our home to larger centres, but as your hosts we can help you explore the area! We make it our priority to really show our guests the area. Want to kayak on a beautiful lake? We can drop you off and pick you up! Want to hike a trail - we can pick you up and drop you off, or we will join you if possible :-) Being a host is rewarding and I enjoy sharing what our beautiful area has to offer. We will also invite you to join us on adventures, such as boating or hiking, maybe even camping too.

    We have are unable to accommodate helpers who have their own travel trailers but we can accommodate a camper van. We are unable to accommodate pets & couples.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We really enjoy the cultural exchange the occurs while hosting. Not only is it rewarding to host and teach our guests about our way of life, it is just as rewarding for us to learn about different ways of living. We can share what we know about Canadian education, government, law, politics, food, religions & pretty much any else that interests you. If interested we also help you try some of Canada's culinary/beverage delicacies such as Poutine, Nanaimo Bars, S'moores & a cold Caesar.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Spring, summer & fall consists of mostly outdoor work. This can include but is no limited to; feeding horses, cleaning pens, picking rocks, cleaning stalls, organizing tack room and packing and unpacking the horse trailer, polishing tack, and grooming horses. There is also gardening, weeding, flower care, lawn care & plant care needed. I have a few painting projects as well. Splitting fire wood with an automatic wood splitter. Riding arena care like grooming it and rock picking. Organizing the shop and tools.

    Other duties anytime of year include housekeeping duties with multiple tasks and a variety of work. House cleaning, baking cookies/treats, organizing, cooking meals or meal prep & general light duty maintenance.

    During the winter, there are some winter specific chores: snow blowing, shovelling snow, salting the walkway, bringing firewood to the house & keeping the fireplaces burning.

    We do our best to serve good food and we try our best to make our home warm and inviting. Our kids are both in French immersion school, so any bit of French is always great too!

    During spring, summer and fall, no matter what your riding level, if you’re interested in riding, you will have the opportunity to ride one of our horses.

    In the winter I do ride but it's cold and not always easy to do or enjoyable, as it's cold. I ride in the winter not because it's fun or nice, but because I need to exercise my horses.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am always interested in learning about other languages and we would be willing to help you learn English. Only our children are fluent in French. Mike and I only know very few words.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We live in a large log home. It is approximately 3600 sq. You will have your own bedroom with a queen size bed, a large closet and views of the mountain. There is a large outside deck with seating area and a hot tub for your enjoyment. We also have a fire pit area to enjoy.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visit SilverStar Mountain Resort
    Cross country ski at Larch Hills Cross Country
    Hike the Enderby Cliffs
    Enjoy the shores of Shuswap Lake
    Visit Margaret Falls
    Go ice fishing on Gardom Lake
    Check out Shuswap Trail Alliance (hiking and mountain biking trail maps)
    Visit wineries
    Enjoy the many lakes
    Float the Shuswap River
    Shop at a local farmers market

  • 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

    We have fibre optic high speed internet so you’re welcome to work on your own projects on your own time.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    4-5

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