Hello travelers of our world! We are Dana, François, Kenya and Luca and we are a family living in "Alpine Nirvana", Kaslo, British Columbia on the shores of the mighty Kootenay Lake. We moved to Kaslo 2 years ago, having looked far and wide for a new place to call home after returning from our own "Workaway" experience through South America and Europe with our family in tow. It's now our turn to pay it forward to others. Through our own experience, we truly value learning about other cultures and wish to share ours in return. My husband is a wildlife biologist primarily doing consulting work from his home office for projects related to Species at Risk in Canada, and I am a conservation biologist working for a non profit conservation organization based in Kaslo. We have two busy teenage children (13 and 15), a dog and a cat, and we LOVE being outside. This is Mecca for anything outdoors. We literally have nature on our doorstep living on an acreage just outside of town. We love hiking, biking, canoeing, and generally appreciating our natural environment. Upon returning from our own cultural experience abroad, we launched a small experiential tourism company called "Between a Lake and a High Place", creating authentic opportunities for tourists to get immersed in the culture and nature of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We are a bilingual French/English family (with a bit of Spanish) with our own traveling history we love to share. We value family time and shared meals and appreciate taking time to visit, learn from others, and appreciate our natural environment. Our hobbies include ANYTHING outdoors, birding, botany, learning from nature, music, biking, hiking, and being creative. We live in a pretty amazing place in this world, with Kootenay lake easily accessible for water fun, and Kaslo is a cute and vibrant small community with friendly faces on every corner. We'd be happy to immerse our guests in all things KASLO and KOOTENAY and be part of our family for the summer.
We would appreciate help around the house (cooking, cleaning, shopping), and garden/yard (mowing, trimming, weeding), and some small construction/fixing projects. Generally help where help is needed to keep the household running smoothly. Our kids would love some company through the summer when they are off school, and can take advantage of bike trails and lake for fun.
English, French, some Spanish
Accommodation is provided in a very roomy pop-up tent trailer parked in the yard of our home with a shared bathroom (inside the house). We want to provide private space for our guest, but want our home to be theirs while they are visiting. Our home is large and welcoming, bright, and comfortable on a mountainside and we live a 5 minute drive or 20 minute uphill walk outside of Kaslo up . We will expect help 5 days of the week, but will provide accommodation and food for our guest their entire stay. We have limited cell range at our home, and internet suitable for general e-mail, browsing and netflix, but with limited streaming capability.
Kaslo has a certain welcoming vibe and is a lovely place to visit with a surprising number of cultural and outdoor activities/clubs/festivals through the busy summer months. Although it is small, there is everything here that you really need (library, shops, stores, hotels) and ample opportunities to get immersed in all things Kaslo--including street music almost nightly downtown Kaslo, backyard potlucks throughout town, outdoorsy people going hiking/biking/canoeing on any given day of the week, the Langham Cultural Centre and theatre and the S.S. Moyie Sternwheeler museum and historical landmark that is the heart of our town. Kaslo is home to the Kaslo JazzFest August Long weekend every summer where prominent folk and jazz acts grace our town with their presence. Nelson, our service center with a certain vibe of its own is 1 hour south of Kaslo along one of the most scenic roads in Canada.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week