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    I am a Mother of 4 children married almost 13 years. Our children are 17, 9, 6 and 3. And 1 indoor outdoor cat. Our children are very athletic and love sports and play. Our home is busy, a bit crazy, loud and happy! I am a Health Care worker and my Husband is a mechanic and has been at his job for 22 years. We heard about this site thru a friend and thought how wonderful this would be and what a great experience it would be for both. I myself am wanting to get out of the house a little bit too work and finding child care is challenging with children of different ages. Getting anything done around the house this past few years has been impossible and we are wanting to start working on that part in our lives. But its important to us to be able to provide a well balanced home with stability. So if i was able to get out to go to work a few days a week we feel this would be great for us.
    We live in Mill bay BC were minutes from the ocean and the lake. Then best of both worlds. Close to a bus stop as well. We have had students in our home for the last 6 years and being able to experience different ways of different cultures. This has been a great experience for our Family as we have got to meet some wonderful children / teenagers. We have a room in our home and if you'd prefer a more quiet environment we have a 28foot trailer outside beside the house (with heat of course) and would love to be able to Host to someone in exchange for some work with the things we have in progress around the house.. Hoping you have a back ground in any of these areas: Painting, carpentry, landscaping or some childcare. We are a busy house hold but help is always needed and appreciated here.. We have an empty room in our home right now. If your interested in speaking with us or getting to know us to see if we'd be a good fit for you please feel free to email us. The fall is gorgeous here!!

    We look forward to hearing from you.

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    My husband and I are hoping to be able to find in exchange of room and board (accommodations ) some of our options are such as some Childcare, carpentry, painting, gardening..
    As we don't have alot of time for any thing around the house or yard these last few years.
    So getting some of it done would be wonderful! if you think your the right fit and you are able to help with any of these tasks please email us as we look forward to hearing from you.

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    Mill Bay was established in the 1860s, twenty years after Victoria was founded. Many of the settlers in Mill Bay arrived in 1862, when the HMS Hecate came to the Cowichan Bay area from England. According to written records, the standard payment to the natives for settlement land was two blankets.

    Mill Bay was the location of a power-generating station for Henry Shepard's sawmill. An American industrialist named W. Sayward turned the mill into one of the major industries in the area. Cowichan Lake was too far into the wilderness at the time, but eventually logging spread into the area as well. Mill Bay continued to be the hub of the industry for a number of years. Logs had to be dragged by oxen in a process called 'skidding'.

    Mill Bay is located on the southeast shore of Vancouver Island, 42 km (26 mi) north of Victoria, 19 km (12 mi) south of Duncan. BC Ferries operates a regularly scheduled service from Mill Bay to Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Peninsula.

    Places to See
    Kinsol Trestle
    The largest and highest surviving timber trestle in North America at 40 m (130 ft) high and 187 m (613 ft) long, Kinsol Trestle was built in 1911 and has withstood floods and fires. It has now been rehabilitated and is open to the public. Forming part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Trestle is located off Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road west of the Trans Canada Highway 1.

    Bamberton Provincial Park
    For years the warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island's Mill Bay have been a popular destination for local salmon fishers. The inviting water and the 225 m (74 ft) long sandy beach have also made Bamberton Provincial Park an ideal spot for families. Swimming, picnicking, bird-watching, boating and enjoying the stunning views across the water draw thousands of visitors here each year.

    Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre
    The Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre offers guests an authentic First Nations Experience: interpretive tours, traditional art work, and Native food. The centre is on 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the banks of the Cowichan River (a designated BC Heritage River) just off the Trans Canada Highway, minutes from the Duncan city centre. The QCCC offers a truly unique experience, sharing the stories and traditions of the Cowichan people from hundreds of years ago. It is a world of colour and pageantry, where first nations talent and pride are abundant. The centre is committed to a culture of warmth and sharing, to bridge the gaps that exist between cultures and promote Native culture in a positive way.

    BC Forest Discovery Centre
    Explore this 100-acre open-air living museum in Duncan. An operational railway, exhibits and heritage buildings chronicle the forestry industry in British Columbia. A 1930s logging camp shows what life was like for the loggers. Marsh and forest trails offer excellent bird-watching opportunities. This is a fun attraction for kids and adults with events on-going throughout the year.

    Cowichan Bay Village
    Cowichan Bay Village is a picture-perfect community located on the water with stunning views and sunsets. Cottages, shops and restaurants are built on stilts over the water's edge. Bird watchers come to explore the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre where Great Blue Herons nest in trees and over 220 species of bird can be found. There is a Maritime Centre with historic artifacts, boat festival and regatta during the summer, and while there you must try the local bread and cheese.

    Spectacle Lake Provincial Park
    Spectacle Lake Provincial Park is located 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Mill Bay just off Highway 1. It is popular for fishing, swimming and in winter, skating. An easy hiking trail winds around the lake with much of the trail wheelchair accessible.

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    Wineries and Culinary Tourism
    The mild climate and long growing season in the Cowichan region have created an agriculturally rich community that produces high quality fruits and vegetables, specialty foods such as artisan cheeses, breads, vinegars, jams and jellies and more. With many first class chefs and wine makers now calling the area home it is becoming renowned as a vibrant wine and culinary destination. Some 20 wineries, cidery, craft beers and distilled beverages are made in the Cowichan region. Many are open to the public throughout the year for tastings and tours and some have restaurants. A Wine Islands Guide is available from a Visitor Centre.

    There are a number of golf courses in the area. These include: The Arbutus Ridge Golf Club which is located in the seaside community of Cobble Hill and has one of BC's most scenic patios overlooking the 18th hole with mountain and ocean views; the scenic Cowichan Golf and Country Club is a 6,189 yard, par 70, course with many tight fairways lined with trees. The course features views of Cowichan Bay and the surrounding mountains; Duncan Meadows Golf Club is a championship 18-hole par 72 course enjoyed by golfers of all levels. The course is a mix of parkland and links style holes exquisitely sculpted from the gently rolling and verdant landscape.

    The Cowichan River is renowned for its brown trout, rainbow and steelhead trout, and its vigorous salmon runs of Chinook, coho, and steelhead that school in Cowichan Bay and enter the river to spawn in November and December. There is also a steelhead run in March. Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Lake and other nearby lakes and rivers are also favourite freshwater fishing spots. Charters and guides are available to take visitors out for saltwater fishing. Salmon, crab and prawns top the catches in the area.

    The Cowichan Valley Trail is a picturesque segment of the Trans Canada Trail. Cyclists can travel over eight historic rail trestles between Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan. The Cowichan Valley Naturalists Society has maps on cycling routes. Cycling is also popular on the country roads that connect the wineries and farms. For some excellent mountain biking trails try Burnt Bridge, Mt. Tzouhalem, Cobble Hill Mountain and Bamberton.

    Boating, Sailing & Kayaking
    Whether you prefer the ocean or a lake, the Cowichan Region is a boater's paradise. From kayaking along the rocky shores of a bay to sailing the ocean, the waterways are both beautiful and accessible. Full service marinas and moorage are safe and conveniently located close to restaurants, pubs, and shopping areas. Charters and rentals are available.

    Nearby Communities
    Lake Cowichan
    Pender Island
    Salt Spring Island
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    Tourism Cowichan

    - See more at: Lake (pop. approximately 8000) is a village on British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Shawnigan lake is located approximately 48 km (30 mi) north of Victoria, and borders the communities of Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. located on the eastern shore, contains two small general stores, three restaurants, several beaches and various small businesses including a barber, video store, and two coffee shops. There is also a museum, run by the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society. The north-west end of the village also includes many summer cabins and a large lakeside park. The south end of the lake is largely undeveloped, discounting the lakeshore itself, with scattered farmland and numerous hiking trails.

    The west end of Shawnigan Lake sits on an abandoned CN Rail line that was torn up in the 1980s. This line includes the historic Kinsol Trestle which stands as one of the world's largest wooden railway trestles,[5] has been rehabilitated by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) along with the help of local residents, which included many fundraising efforts. It was opened to the public in the summer of 2011.[6]

    OLD MILL PARK on the east side is a popular beach for swimming.[7] Shawnigan Lake has no significant parkland outside of the park noted above, a Provincial Park on the west side, and one small regional park in the village itself. Several beaches and small day-use areas are scattered around the lake, and a large island in the south end of the lake, dubbed 'Memory Island' in honor of two lake residents that were lost in World War II, is one such area.[8]

    The Shawnigan Lake Museum, located in the heart of the village, has been operating since 1983. It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 - 4:00.

    George Pringle Memorial Camp, now Camp Pringle,[9] was founded in 1950 as a tribute to Rev. George Charles Fraser Pringle 1874-1949. Camp Pringle provides week-long vacations for children and youth of all denominations. George Pringle was born in Galt, Ontario. His father George was a shoemaker born in Edinburgh, Scotland, a descendant of the Pringles of Earlston. His mother, Mary Cowan was born in Prince Edward Island. He was a Presbyterian Minister (though Camp Pringle is and was under the auspices of the United Church of Canada) and an author. He sought adventure during the Yukon gold rush, served in Atlin, in northern British Columbia, also as a Chaplin, overseas, during the World War I, and was in charge of the Loggers Mission in British Columbia. From his boat "Sky Pilot" he ministered to some 75 logging camps and communities. George died in Vancouver in 1949 and rests at Mountain View Cemetery (Vancouver).

    COWICHAN BAY Cowichan Bay (Cow Bay) is a bay and community located near Duncan, in British Columbia. The mouth of the Cowichan River is near Cowichan Bay. Mount Tzouhalem and its hiking trails and ecological reserve stands to the north. The bay is known for its fishing and scenic value. The area's main industries are fishing and tourism.

    For many thousands of years Cowichan Bay was home to First Nations people who harvested the wealth of salmon and shellfish found in its many coves, tidal flats and swiftly flowing rivers.

    Cowichan Bay was the gateway for European settlement of the Cowichan and Chemainus valleys from the early 1860s. A steamer service from Victoria was the major link for goods and people before the coming of the railway.

    Bypassed by the Esquimalt and Nanaimo line and later by the Island Highway, Cowichan Bay nevertheless was a thriving little community, based on sport and commercial salmon fishing, and log and lumber exports.

    That former economic base is declining but being replaced with more recreational water activities, a revived interest in boatbuilding, an appreciation for the history and ecology of the Bay, and tourism.

    From the early 1900s Cowichan Bay attracted sportsmen from all over the British Empire for superb salmon fishing in the Bay and the Cowichan and Koksilah rivers. It was, for a time, the Salmon Capital of the World offering not just fishing, but fine sailing waters, an annual regatta and, next to Wimbledon, the oldest grass tennis courts in the world.

    VICTORIA - Victoria /vɪkˈtɔriə/ is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, has a population of 344,615, making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.

    Victoria is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from BC's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria and 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Port Angeles, Washington, by Coho ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

    Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Victoria, like many Vancouver Island communities, continues to have a sizeable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.

    Known as the "The Garden City", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry.[6] Victoria is in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life,[7] according to Numbeo.The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Victoria College of Art, the Sooke Schools International Programme and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Victoria is very popular with boaters with its beautiful and rugged shorelines and beaches. Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.

    Beacon Hill Park is the central city's main urban green space. Its area of 75 hectares (190 acres) adjacent to Victoria's southern shore includes numerous playing fields, manicured gardens, exotic species of plants and animals such as wild peacocks, a petting zoo, and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington across it. The sport of cricket has been played in Beacon Hill Park since the mid-19th century.[58] Each summer, the City of Victoria presents dozens of concerts at the Cameron Band Shell in Beacon Hill Park. [59]

    The extensive system of parks in Victoria also includes a few areas of natural Garry oak meadow habitat, an increasingly scarce ecosystem that once dominated the region.

    In the heart of downtown are the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, The Empress Hotel, Victoria Police Department Station Museum, the gothic Christ Church Cathedral, and the Royal British Columbia Museum/IMAX National Geographic Theatre, with large exhibits on local Aboriginal peoples, natural history, and modern history, along with travelling international exhibits. In addition, the heart of downtown also has the Emily Carr House, Victoria Bug Zoo, Market Square and the Pacific Undersea Gardens, which showcases marine life of British Columbia. The oldest (and most intact) Chinatown in Canada is located within downtown. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is located close to downtown in the Rockland neighbourhood several city blocks from Craigdarroch Castle built by industrialist Robert Dunsmuir and Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

    Numerous other buildings of historic importance or interest are also located in central Victoria, including: the 1845 St. Ann's Schoolhouse; the 1852 Helmcken House built for Victoria's first doctor; the 1863 Temple Emanuel, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Canada; the 1865 Angela College built as Victoria's first Anglican Collegiate School for Girls, now housing retired nuns of the Sisters of St. Ann; the 1871 St. Ann's Academy built as a Catholic school; the 1874 Church of Our Lord, built to house a breakaway congregation from the Anglican Christ Church cathedral; the 1890 St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church;[60] the 1890 Metropolitan Methodist Church (now the Victoria Conservatory of Music), [61] which is publicly open for faculty, student, and guest performances, also acts as Camosun College Music Department; the 1892 St. Andrew's Cathedral; and the 1925 Crystal Gardens, originally a saltwater swimming pool, restored as a conservatory and most recently a tourist attraction called the B.C. Experience, which closed down in 2006.


    Take the Greyhound to Mill Bay or Cobble Hill, or BC Transit bus 99 to Mill Bay, email us in advance to arrange a pickup.

    (Nanaimo, Campbell River, etc.) The Island Link bus company provides fairly extensive bus service between towns on Vancouver Island, linking Mill Bay with many other communities. Visit their website to find out more or make a booking. . Email us in advance to arrange a pickup.

    BY FERRY - best route:
    Coming from north of Vancouver, you can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) 8–14 times a day, depending on volume.
    Then take Island Link bus to Mill Bay for pickup.

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