Enjoy the beautiful natural world of Cariboo Chilcotin, Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Our home is in the Cariboo region of BC; sometimes known as the Cariboo Chilcotin. The Chilcotin is a region of vast wilderness in BC, the western part of the plateau that also holds the Cariboo. The Cariboo is known for our ranches, lakes, crystal skies, and friendly people. We are a rural and agricultural region, in addition to being a visitor destination for those wishing to experience the beautiful natural world that defines BC. Our home is situated just 1&1/2 km from the main highway that runs north through the centre of the province; just 5 minutes from the small town of 100 Mile House.

    We live in a straw-bale construction house, and our business occupies a smaller, matching building. Chris is one of Canada's most respected photographers of the wilderness and natural world, being a proponent and supporter of the region through his photographic work for more than 40 years. More about our work can be found on our website.

    To compliment our straw-bale constructed buildings, our landscape is a natural one, with large food gardens and many trees. We live adjacent to a wetlands filled with birds and wildlife visits are a regular occurrence.

    We are an LGBTQ+ household, with our daughter and her partner living on the property on their own tiny home. As settlement Canadians, we make our home in the traditional territory of Secwepemc Nation and respect its traditions.

    We invite visitors from all over the world to see our gallery; to take photography workshops, and to understand the land we live on. Visitors who come to participate in working on our property can take advantage of adventure travel opportunities and meeting interesting people doing interesting things.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Cariboo Chilcotin is the central section of British Columbia. The region is vast wilderness, with very little population, and a strong historical presence of First Nations, European contact and Gold Rush history. There are few places in the world where visitors can experience remote wild areas, clean water and air, dark skies, and a chance to travel independently into the wilderness areas alone or with a professional operator. We are also the authentic home of grassland ranching, with cowboys working the range as they have done for generations. This is the Canada about which stories are told, in real life. Living in our home will give visitors a chance to experience first-hand what it means to know this land and meet the people who truly live on the land; respecting and protecting it as their life's work.

  • Help


    We need help with firewood for next winter; wood that has been delivered must be split and stored. Our food gardens are in need of the usual weeding and maintenance; they are fairly large. Our naturalized landscape can be improved with development of our perennial plant beds, removal of invasive species in our grounds, and development of new landscape features already in process and in need of labour. Knowledge of tree and shrub pruning would be very helpful.

    We welcome work-away visitors who love gardening, some heavier work such as firewood splitting and landscaping. The work is varied and usual project-driven depending on available help. We are open to discussing in detail what would fit with prospective workers.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The ideal visitor is comfortable living as part of the family, participating in meals and daily chores as needed. Our home is situated among surrounding ranch lands and a wetlands across the road that is a bird sanctuary. With house, gallery/office building, and outdoor spaces, our home is cozy and welcoming. We have 2 guest rooms for one or two people, with a shared bath. We welcome children, and well-mannered dogs are also welcome.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visitors will have much more scope to explore if they have their own vehicle and can travel independently. There are lakes and places to camp and explore both within easy distance, and further away. The region contains, for example, the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit; longer mountain trips by flight or horse-pack can be experienced in the Chilcotin; hikes in the grasslands and nearby parks; there are canoe trips and camping trips with this region as the jumping-off point. The local community is friendly and welcoming; local activities are usually small, circles of friends and families taking part.

  • 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

    We can provide a dedicated space for privacy and convenience as needed, although that space may be a shared office space with our own business requirements. Our internet connection is not 'big city' but is Starlink and our business is also reliant on connectivity so of necessity it is good in rural terms.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Large trailers or 5th-wheel may have trouble navigating our pull in/out. Other than that size is not an object. We have no hook-up capacity but there is a sani-station nearby in !00 Mile House and the amenities of the house are available to travellers in their own vehicle.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Pets must be well behaved and not aggressive towards our dog(s) or wildlife.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 785632345782

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