Help out at a beautiful lakeside property on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada




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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Attention workawayers!! Please read our listing carefully & thoroughly and contact us only if you are a serious inquirer, and you feel that you are a good fit for our property, and our property a good fit for yourself. *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    Welcome to our rustic in-nature retreat and resort on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia.

    You'll find us nestled between beautiful mountains and lakes. Our place includes a lagoon, a private dock, forest trails, and a wildlife sanctuary - some of our residents include hundreds of birds, as well as beavers, turtles, deer, and otters, to name a few.

    We run a small seasonal family business, which includes our accommodations (12 x safari style tents & 11 x cottages, and 5 x tiny wood cabins), our Trattoria Italiana restaurant, as well as boat and paddle-board rentals. We work and play hard, too! and make the most of our short but sweet busy summer season! We need help from Spring through Fall, and are open to cultural exchange with folks from all nationalities and backgrounds!

    Our family immigrated from Italy 26 years ago, and we have international staff - so we can communicate in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and even Susu! We live in a natural paradise, and are passionate about sharing our pleasures in, and love for, nature, food, and birds, with travellers, tourists, family, staff, and volunteers alike! We try to live in touch with the wilderness and our natural surroundings - we also like to grow gardens with veggies, flowers, and herbs, as well as keep birds, including chickens, turkeys, peacocks, pheasants, quail, pigeons, doves, and much more! We also have two resident dogs & two resident cats.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    An exchange or work season with us can be beneficial in many ways - besides of course great memories, the opportunity to explore this beautiful natural paradise which surrounds us, and new friendships!! You may also pick up some new skills along the way... depending what we're up to on the "help" front during your stay (as there is so much variety from season to season), you may learn some organic gardening techniques, landscaping skills, a bit of carpentry, some bartending or housekeeping skills, about keeping birds, or about a special variety of fancy chicken! Since our staff is international (from Italian to West African to Canadian) and we usually have several workaways at a time, there is also plenty of space for cultural exchange... perhaps you will find yourself picking up a new language or a way of cooking. At the right time of year, you may also learn about local wild foods and their harvest - such as wild-berries, mushrooms, or seafood! Everyone is unique, as is their visit, so we cannot predict what will be your greatest lessons, or ours from you! but there's sure to be some surprises and things to be learned from one another! We look forwards to it :)

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We tend to need help with a large variety of tasks around here, and we have paid seasonal positions each year for successful applicants.

    For those interested in these positions, please note that you must hold a valid work visas at the time of submitting your application, and if there is a position that you are interested in and you feel that you are qualified for, please specify so in your initial email, and send along as much info as you feel to include - such as your cv, resume, social media profile links, or otherwise. For paid positions we can offer accommodations and meals at staff rates, plus regular pay at industry rates. We may require references, in-person interviews, or a trial period based on exchange agreements, prior to actual hiring.

    For the 2020 season we will be looking to fill the following paid positions :

    * Assistant Front Desk Manager > A dedicated, honest, loyal, and hard working person, who has a passion for customer service and the brains and organizational skills to handle administration. This position requires the ability to truly multi-task without letting anything get lost in the woodwork or slip through the cracks, prioritize without losing sight of the smaller things, and duties include taking reservations, handling check-ins and checkouts, handling boat rentals, taking care of seemingly unending emails, invoicing, handling phone calls, scheduling staff, social media, and much much more! This role has no boundaries, and requires some very long days and many hours. (Generally, 4 x 8hour days, 1 x 13hour day, 1 x 6hour day and 1 day off weekly.) Previous hotel experience, computer skills, a laptop and a great attitude required. You must be a pro-active character with plenty of energy and problem-solving skills, who can handle a busy environment, keep a smile, and offer exceptional customer service while getting the background work completed as well. Accounting, book-keeping, excel, and other office skills are a huge bonus. Pay = monthly salary tbd based on experience and performance. Commitment : April/May thru September/October.

    * Housekeeper / Chambermaid > we are looking for a motivated self-starter who has great eye for detail, and the patience and drive to take care of all the deeper details, awesome organizational skills, loves to see and make things clean, and who has plenty of energy to get them through the season! Pay : $15-17/hour. Commitment : April/May thru Sept/Oct

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Line Cook / Prep Cook / Lunch Cook / Kitchen Helper > lots of opportunities here! we need folks who have some experience, but are willing to learn new skills and styles, can take orders, and can also take the lead where needed; either working as a prep cook / line cook / assistant cook during evening shifts, or for a very strong candidate who is able to replicate our chef's plates plus has creativity and initiative to add in their own special items, a daily lunch cook; good humour, humility, and a strong work ethic are key - someone committed to working many days and hours through the peak of our busy season and adaptable to less work days / hours during the shoulder months / weeks is appreciated; pay = more than minimum (based on experience and performance); commitment : June thru September
    We look forwards to hearing from you!!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Italian, Spanish, French, Susu

  • Accommodation


    Accommodations can be varied, depending on our occupancy, the length of your stay, and the time of year.

    The most common situation would be that you have a private room or shared dorm, in a shared 4-bedroom volunteer / staff trailer, or 2-bedroom staff house. You would share a communal yard space, kitchen, washroom, and living room. Accommodations are simple & basic, but comfortable.

    We also ask that our staff is responsible and tidy, and works together to maintain a clean and organized living space at all times, respecting one another, all communal spaces, and treating the space as if it were your own. Cleaning duties are assigned on a rotational basis, and we expect them to be honoured, outside of your working hours.

    Paid staff are responsible for their own meals, although they do have access to staff discounts in our restaurant. Some paid staff may also be asked to contribute a monthly stipend towards hydro, internet, accommodations, etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's lots to explore, so you will never get bored during your time off!!

    We are surrounded by a network of great hiking and cycling trails, including the Suncoaster Trail and world-famous Skookumchuck Narrows, as well as many many others. Chill out on one of our docks, read a book, take in some sun, swim in the lake, or borrow one of our canoes and head out to explore her channels, islands, and rope swings! Head into one of the small surrounding towns, or check out the local marine or forest parks. Occasionally we host Special Events, such as culinary events, live music, weddings, or small festivals - so you may even find you have some entertainment at your doorstep!

    We are located 15 minutes drive away from any town centers, and public transportation is extremely limited, so please come prepared to be away from shops for several days at a time. Although we are happy to bring you into town with us when we go, we often run a tight schedule, and certainly don't make it in every day!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    max 40 hours a week

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