Enjoy the rugged natural beauty staying with our family in the Algonquin Highlands, Ontario Canada

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a French Canadian-American couple/family with a private family cottage on a deep, fresh-water lake outside Toronto in Ontario. Our family has deep roots here and has been part of this lake community for 75 years.

    You will enjoy our private family cottage set on a beautiful lake in the Algonquin Highlands of Ontario, Canada. We are a seasonal location with boat-only access that runs from mid-May through late October. The property boasts two main cabins along with numerous sleeping cabins and out-buildings. Although located only three hours from Toronto, the lake and property provide a rural and authentic Canadian 'cottage experience'. The property along with most cabins or 'cottages' on the lake is only accessible by boat, thereby creating a remote and tranquil setting. Workawayers will enjoy their own private sleeping cabin during their stay and use of a shared kitchen. The property has electricity, running hot and cold water, indoor plumbing, a lakeside sauna, a sandy beach in late season, and excellent deep water swimming. The lake offers a variety of boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, camping, fishing, and hiking activities. There are numerous canoe, portage, and camping routes directly accessible from the lake as well as a short drive to the renowned Algonquin Provincial Park.

    We enjoy meeting new people from different parts of the world, and we are excited to host Workawayers. We witnessed a successful Workaway host at a nearby Lodge and Marina who has had outstanding Workaway experiences so we understand how awesome this experience can be for both host and travelers. We are seeking to host preferably a couple/duo or two Workawayers who are motivated and interested in the quintessential - authentic and rustic - and peaceful Canadian cottage experience.

    Due to COVID, hosting will depend on the current status and directives of the Canadian government. We are hopeful that we will be able to host during the summer of 2021, and if you are already in Canada, perhaps we can connect.

    We would love to welcome you to our cottage where you will be treated as members of our family.

    Your hosts,

    Mary & D'Arcy

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We love meeting new people and sharing our dual Canadian and American heritage and culture along with our language and cuisine. Our travelers will enjoy meeting and exchanging with the numerous friends, neighbors, and others who visit us often. We are eager to practice English and some French with our travelers.

    We are hands-on, do-it-yourself restorers. You'll learn practical things about how to refinish furniture, floors, and a log cabin, but also what's more valuable is to experience a deep connection with nature - enjoying the natural habitat with moose, bears, beavers, loons, and more. Together, we will explore the status, health, and sustainability of the native trees, plants, and ground cover abundant on the property, determining where replanting or transplanting might be required.

    Enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities during your free time, including canoeing, waterskiing, cliff jumping, hiking, and more. We are happy to teach you how to sail, canoe, waterski, and yes jump off of a cliff into the water - and how to relax at day's end in a lakeside Finnish sauna.

    Workawayers will have access to the world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park along with the area's numerous hiking, canoeing, portage, and camping trails. The Algonquin Highlands of Ontario, Canada provide the quintessential 'Canadian Cottage' and wilderness experience. Our place provides a rustic yet comfortable cottage experience located on a deep freshwater, pristine lake surrounded by stunning wilderness and the rugged granite formations of the famous Canadian Shield.

  • Help

    Help

    We're on the lookout for two motivated, effective Workawayers and/or couple/duo to assist with the daily and ongoing projects on the property.

    We are very hands-on in restoring a number of buildings on the property, including a 100-year-old log cabin. Most if not all of the restoration work is done by hand, and we will work together as a team.

    We are seeking assistance with a number of new and ongoing projects involving light carpentry and building maintenance, including lifting/carrying furniture and building materials, hand stripping and sanding of building exteriors, cleaning/organizing in and underneath cabins, restoring shoreline rock walls, light cleaning, and window washing. We are also interested in re-populating our dying 50-year-old wild native blueberry plants and some of our native Ontario ferns which provide a tremendous amount of ground cover, protecting from soil erosion.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are a mix of Canadian and American citizens who have lived in Canada and in the US. Our family is fluent in English and D'Arcy is also speaks French - albeit rusty from living in the US. We would love to practice English and some French with you as well as learn from you and your language.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The property along with most cabins or 'cottages' on the lake is only accessible by boat. Workawayers will enjoy their own private sleeping cabin during their stay and use of a shared kitchen. All meals will be provided. The property has electricity, running hot and cold water, indoor plumbing, a lakeside sauna, a sandy beach in late season, and excellent deep water swimming. The lake offers a variety of boating, swimming, sailing, canoeing, camping, fishing, and hiking activities. Workawayers will have use of canoes, kayaks, and a sailboat.

    All food will be provided by your hosts and meals will be shared at the family table with us. We like to cook and share our Canadian and American cuisine, and we hope you like to cook also, as we would love to experience your cuisine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are numerous activities and experiences available in and around the Algonquin Highlands of Ontario, Canada.

    Workawayers will have access to the world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park along with the area's numerous hiking, canoeing, portage, and camping trails. The Algonquin Highlands of Ontario, Canada provide the quintessential 'Canadian Cottage' and wilderness experience. Our place provides a rustic yet comfortable cottage experience located on a deep freshwater, pristine lake surrounded by stunning wilderness and the rugged granite formations of the famous Canadian Shield.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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


Host ref number: 351353229489