Help on a Buffalo Ranch in the Rockies in beautiful British Columbia, Canada



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  • Description


    My name is Leo and I own the ranch! I've been grateful to host Workaway cultural exchange helpers from all walks of life since 2012.

    I give educational Buffalo tours every day in Summer and used to run survival courses in the past. My usual busy season is May through October.

    We are located on 100 acres in the beautiful Blaeberry Valley, 15 minutes north of Golden BC, 1 hour from Lake Louise, 1.5 hours from Banff, 3 hours west of Calgary, Alberta.

    On the ranch you will find meadows, wetlands and forest with 360 degree mountain and glacier views. Enjoy the roaming buffalo, year round creeks and ponds with native fish and pristine frontage along the Blaeberry River, fed by the Mummery Glacier. We are surrounded by amazing vistas of the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Mountains. Wildlife such as elk, moose, wolves, bears, puma, fox, osprey, bald eagles, black and grizzly bears and many other species of birds and native fish pass through this land.

    I am working on my 2nd book, my music and the business, so I tend to spend mornings and evenings on my own. I go to bed early and get up early. Helpers need to be able to cook for themselves and entertain themselves but there's always more than 1 helper at a time. I love to get to know you guys and sometimes we eat dinner together around a fire. If you're interested in being creative, writing songs or books, singing live, playing the guitar or in the creative process in general, I try to make time to share what I've learned about it. If you're interested in buffalo or surviving alone in the wilderness, I've done that since I was 16 and experienced miracles.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    You will learn first hand what life is like living in Canada with buffalo. I'm the only one that can go in the pastures with the buffalo (bison) though. They stay wild and will charge strangers! I love it here. Every helper I've had has loved it here too and I appreciate the help very much.

  • Help


    We are raising pigs, roosters, chickens, rabbits, the buffalo and planting vegetable gardens. We are trying to become more self sufficient and eat as much from the land as possible.

    There's lots of work to be done on the property - farm chores, building projects, cleaning, housekeeping, signs, recycling, painting, fencing, laundry, feeding animals, gardening, stacking/storing wood, shoveling snow, harvesting/processing our own livestock and wild game, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In exchange for 5 hours of help a day, there are private lofts above the workshop & kitchen or 2 campers, 24 ft and 16 ft until the weather gets too cold. We share the indoor bathroom and kitchen or there's an outhouse with a view. We have 2 bicycles to borrow, a trail to the river and a pond to swim in.

    We provide you with food. You are free to prepare your own meals and eat when you wish to.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Golden is a very friendly country town, with plenty of sightseeing to do and home to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with ski runs, hiking trails, mountain bike trails and a gondola to the top with amazing views.

    Golden has a variety of activities - from whitewater rafting down the famous Kicking Horse River, paragliding from the top of Mount 7, MTB/hiking trails, horseback riding, even skydiving if you're a huge thrill seeker!

    Our closest international airport is Calgary International. The drive between Calgary and Golden through the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful in the world. Golden is called “the heart of the parks” as it is surrounded by 9 National and Provincial Parks!

    All helpers must read and agree to this indemnity waiver as part of your agreement to stay here:



    "Activity" means any activity sponsored by the company., including transportation to and from such an Activity;

    " Organizers " means all volunteers, directors, employees, or contractors working on the company

    "NEGLIGENCE" includes the negligence of the Organizers or other participants on a Activity or both the Organizers and other participants.

    In consideration of the Ranch Staff or Organizers allowing my child or children to participate in an Activity as part of the company, and for other good and valuable consideration, I agree as follows:


    On behalf of my child or children, I accept all the dangers and risks inherent in outdoor activities including but not limited to the hazards presented by changeable weather, wild animals, and the possibility of becoming lost or separated from other participants or the guide.


    I hereby agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the company Organizers from and against any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury including death that my child or children may suffer as a result participating in a Activity, DUE TO ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, OR BREACH OF ANY STATUTORY OR OTHER DUTY OF CARE.

    I hereby agree that this AGREEMENT shall be effective and binding upon me and my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns, representatives and all other parties seeking to claim under or through me.

    This AGREEMENT shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Any litigation involving the parties to this AGREEMENT shall be brought within the Province of British Columbia.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 775759949131