Come and help me with maintenance and yard work in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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  • Last activity: 14 Jun 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description


    I am a 79 years young man and live in my self-built large log home unfortunately for several years alone. The house is designed for B&B. I'm a lifelong environmentalist, that escalated early to anti-nuclear weapons and then nuclear power plants. Now I'm very active to keep the fracking industry out of my beautiful Yukon and the whole world in general.
    I'm still active with several outdoor sports like downhill and x-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. I used to have sled dogs too. In summer I go hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking and for longer trips, I use my ATV.
    But environmental activism is taking a lot of time away, from enjoying all the fun activities.
    That means also finishing the details on the house, which is also heated with a wood gasification boiler for the in-floor heat. (This was my trade)
    Altogether it is just getting a bit too much.
    Unfortunately, now we have strict travel restrictions, and I had a stroke in February 2021.
    I would prefer to get someone with woodworking experience, or willing to learn, and single, I can't afford to have two people.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers could benefit from my fast 38 years-long experience here in the Yukon and the north. Also the experiences during my life with environmental concerns.
    I would for sure show "work away" people the historic places around Whitehorse and the beauty of my home area, during work times.

  • Help


    General help in the house. There are a lot of trims not finished around the loghouse. Building with me an outdoor storage that could be heated in winter to store paint and the like there, that is sitting now in the area where two more bedrooms and a shower toilet room should be built.
    Especially in fall and winter with firewood. That is bucked up, by chainsaw, from a truckload of full-sized trees to boiler length and stored in the woodshed, from there it comes in the basement to get split with an electric splitter and then feed to the wood gasification boiler. That provides the heat to the in-floor heat and makes up the domestic hot water year round. (so this could be a big part of work in winter)
    In fall and spring general yard work, raking dead grass and leafs to go to the compost. To keep the yard clean and safe from forest fires.
    Hopefully next year gardening in a rootzone solar heated garden.

    Also the building projects.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    All my guest bedrooms are in the half basement (every bedroom has a window) with twin beds. One big king size in a large common room, the bed is separated with a curtain from the rest of the room.
    Food is prepared in the central place of the house, the kitchen. Since I'm originally Swiss I still tend to lean towards that kind of food. Yes, I like a steak, potatoes, and corn on the cob too. I make almost every day a large salad.
    I can provide first class accommodation unless I would have the bedrooms rented out for paying guest. Then we would have to come up with an alternative solution.
    The overflow bed behind the curtain, the large bed couch in the living room. In summer when it is here a large motorhome or a tent outside.
    I'm working on more bedrooms in the basement. That is what I would need help too. Then one of the existing bedrooms could be a designated room for the workawayers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Since the house is located 40 km south of Whitehorse in the beautiful Carcross Valley without any public transportation it is hard to go to town. For sure my helpers could come with me, if I go to town for shopping or whatever. We could arrange for whole days in town to sightsee or go to the Takhini Hot Springs and Game Sanctuary. Or go hiking or go to Carcross an old Native village 36 km south on Bennett Lake.
    I'm for sure not a slave pusher as long as I get some work done with my helpers.

    My Cell phone is usually OFF

  • 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

    I have lots of space to park camper vans, electrical connection and even a damp station.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    As long as they are well housetrained and get along with my pets.

  • 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

Host ref number: 347211727779

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