We are Gossip Islanders! I am Lauren, a florist, and my partner is Luke, a fisherman/carpenter. We have 2 children and 2 dogs. Located in British Columbia's beautiful Southern Gulf Islands you will find our little piece of paradise. Gossip Island is a small boat access island with mainly summer residents. Only a short crossing from Galiano Island and you're here! We own 1 acre of low-bank waterfront complete with our very own wharf. The property has two dwellings as well as several outbuildings. Our calm channel is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding and the fishing hole is only minutes away. Lingcod and Chinook salmon are the regular catch of the day. Spend an afternoon beach combing for fresh oysters or bait your traps and try for some of our famous BC spot prawns or Dungeness crab. Galiano Island is a 5 minute boat ride away and boasts many hiking trails, restaurants and a golf course. The Southern Gulf Islands have the highest year round temperatures in all of Canada and are considered to be in a "micro-climate" which makes gardening optimal.
We have just begun our own veggie which we hope to expand. We do intend to have chickens on the property but need to construct a safe haven for them as we are home to many bald eagles.
If you're interested in getting away and helping us out please send a message!
Luke and Lauren
The Pacific Northwest is a treasure trove of wonder. Located in the Salish Sea in between Victoria and Vancouver, the Southern Gulf Islands have the warmest year-round climate in Canada. This makes it an exceptional location every month of the year! Gossip Island is a small 80 acre island located directly beside Galiano Island. Mainly populated with summer residents, there are a few of us that choose to call Gossip our year round home. We thrive off of our Salish Sea treats (fresh Chinook salmon, BC spot prawns, and Dungeness crab to name a few.) We grow our own vegetables, collect rain water and try to live off the grid as much as possible. We have paddle boards and boats and our very own Luke is a successful fishing guide. We provide access to a boat to our work-aways so they can explore the area by sea if they like! Galiano, our closest neighbour, is where you can find gorgeous sandy beaches, marine parks, provincial trails and many outdoor activities as well as a rich cultural scene. There is an independent film school, many artisans, restaurants and a fabulous farmers market. You can explore all the gulf islands by simply hopping on one of our BC Ferries.
General care for the island includes: upgrades to outbuildings, winterizing the cabins, tending to the gardens and yard maintenance, painting, firewood, etc.
For our workaways we provide their very own cabin complete with full bathroom/shower and kitchen and 2 beds with all your bedding. We will provide all food + vegetables for you to cook up on your own as well as some family-style meals. Washer/dryer available and light wifi.
We have an aluminum sciff available to our work aways who wish to head over to Galiano and explore. Also our paddle boards and all fishing rods and tackle, crab and prawn traps are all available for you to use
Our island is ideal for 2 work aways at a time (couples or friends welcome). We are happy to offer our work aways access anytime to our 2 paddle boards, kayak, zodiac boat.
When available, we can take you out fishing, crabbing and prawning. We live a pretty active lifestyle but also like to relax with happy hours on our deck and take in all of our beautiful Gulf Island sunsets. We are hoping for a couple who is active and independant and wants to have their own space but from time to time hang out with the family! We are very flexible with work hours and hope you'll go and explore the coast. We are happy to help out with any transportation as well.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week