Livning in the country in sountern BC, Canada



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    This year there are two major projects that are going to be undertaken -- setting up a Solar system and rebuilding the garden fence. Of course, there's still the garden and orchard to take care of and the multitude of chores that need to be done around a country home.

    If you are looking for a peaceful place to spend some time and invest yourself in some out-of-the-city type living, please consider contacting me to see if this would be a good fit for you.

    Because I live away from the city, and a five minute drive away from the closest town, Winlaw, which is 45 minutes from Nelson, it would be best if you had your own transportation, but not essential. If you have a driver's licence, we could make things work.

    I prefer to host people with life experience, preferably over 50, but will host younger people who are willing to learn and get down to work. I am a very active/busy older woman who has a lot of knowledge to share and enjoy living life to its fullest.
    My home is on 80 acres of land, close to the Slocan river, and situated on the side of a small mountain. I live in a typical older country home, that is always needing some kind of work to be done, as in the winter, I heat with wood. In the summer, there is a large organic garden to take care of. This is a great place to learn about country living and what it means to live in a rural setting.

    Other work that will be done this summer include: setting up electric fences to keep the bears, deer and wild turkeys out of the fruit trees; harvesting the fruit: cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, plums, pears and apples as they come into readiness. The busiest month is in September with canning and putting food away for the winter.

    Depending on the skills and interests you bring, the work could range from cleaning to carpentry, pruning to plumbing, dog walking to log splitting/stacking. Taking dog for walk/feeding/brushing. . . but preference will be given to someone who is knowledgeable about solar systems and electrical fences.

    Please note, because of all the fruit trees, wild life abounds -- from wild turkeys to bears (see picture #2- bear in cherry tree). You must be prepared for life on the edge of wilderness. It would be most helpful if you can come with skills, but not a requirement. Attitude and willingness to learn/help are most important.

    Please note: references will be required, as to who you are -- even if its your mom who says you are the best person in the world.

    Please write me for more information about being here. Please tell me about your food preferences, activities you are interested in and your expectations for coming here.

    2022 update: the solar installation is complete. Next large project is to replace the water line for a gravity fed system from Watson creek.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn how to live outside a city, on the land and what that entails. Drink fresh mountain water, breath clean crisp air, walk in nature. . .

    This summer, I would like to investigate the possibility of building solar panels agains the hill that lines the property. More on this later, as things develop.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    This old house is always in need of a nail and hammer somewhere, a fresh coat of paint here or there; The garden -- well, from weeding to watering to planting/harvesting, always lots of work there to keep one busy.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Private accommodation in the large trailer, with its own kitchen, living space and bedroom, and which provides easy access to the river.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Winlaw is an incredible town in a most remarkable valley. It has a welcoming and diverse community with a range of people who live here -- farmers, loggers, tree huggers, artists, musicians, a herbalist, off the landers, healers, gardeners, to name just a few. There's a second hand store, good restaurants, adventures galore. Pristine wilderness is its most notable feature.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Space for camper vans available.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Can accept neutered dogs, if not aggressive or hyper and can learn to stay out of the kitchen, preferably out of the house.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hours/day, depending on weather (20-25 hrs/wk)

Host ref number: 756515568225