Gardening, building and adventure. Canada



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  • Description


    I need help with gardens, food, house cleaning and property maintenance.
    No fixed schedule. The length of stay, work and food options are all negotiable.

    I am active, 57 and moved to this land from Vancouver about 16 years ago. I am a professional engineer and run a campground and guesthouse in an 8 acre forested property in the Slocan Valley, for travelers who want to see the beauty of this area, bike the rail-trail, hike in the mountains and float down the river. I am happy to share what I know about this land, gardening, cooking, construction, etc. I love to dance and play music and regular campfire jams and potluck parties. Participation in these types of activities is welcomed. Valhalla Park, Nelson, Castlegar and Winlaw are all close by.

    I am particularly interested in musicians and workers with experience or passion in the areas that I need help with, ie gardening and cooking.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Its about quality of life. I am interested in making friends, helping people out and sharing my skills and experience. There is a lot of space for creativity and fun. I am into improvisational music and dance (ecstatic, flocking and contact) , planning, building and gardening. I have knowledge of the local area and skills including music (flute guitar and drums), gardening, composting, wildcrafting, bookkeeping, beekeeping, construction, and small business development. There are many outdoor activities including floating down the river, canoeing the lake, hiking in the Valhallas, biking on the rail trails, visiting old mines, and visiting aboriginal heritage sites.

    This place is surrounded by mountains and rivers. Nelson, Castlegar and Slocan Lake are all a half hour drive away. Public transportation is a half hour walk away. The Slocan river and Valhalla Park are nearby. This valley has a very interesting history and culture, with many outdoor activities, music and dance events. Look up Doukhobors, Sinixt, Gwillim Lakes, Valhalla Park, the Vallican Whole and Humans of Nelson. Also in Nelson, check out the Kootenay Coop Radio, Ecosociety Markets, The Moving Center, Bloom, The Royal, Spiritbar, and the Shambhala Music Festival.

    Nelson has a very interesting history and is a big draw for lots of people. People go there to get away from "normal" society. It has lots of cultural activity and great skiing. Contact us in advance for links to events calendars, an online rideshare bulletin board and a large selection of healers.

  • Help


    preparing and planting the garden
    helping with development of a campground
    food preparation
    dog walking
    cleaning and maintenance

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in one of 4 rooms in a shared guesthouse, or a detached hut or a campsite. There is shared community building with its own kitchen , WIFI, toilet and shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Helpers usually like relaxing on the property or going to the beaches, waterfalls, mountains or Nelson. There are bikes and hammocks available. There are more images of the house, land and surrounding area available on request.

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    approximately 8-15 hours a week/person (schedule is flexible)

Host ref number: 362655431845