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 know 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 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.
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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.
This year we need help with firewood for next winter; trees that have been felled on our property must be split and stored. Our food gardens need to be repaired and reinstated after the destructive fire season of 2017 and the fact we could not maintain them. Our naturalized landscape can be improved with development of our perennial plant beds, and removal of invasive species in our grounds.
We welcome work-away visitors who love gardening, some heavier work such as firewood splitting and landscaping. This year we have the very happy task of making our home as beautiful as possible to host a wedding, so we will emphasize the perennial flower beds and outdoor 'rooms' for that event.
Visitors will live in our home as part of the family. We have 2 guest rooms for one or two people, with a shared bath. We welcome children, and well-mannered dogs are also welcome.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week