Lakeside home on Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater Island in the world, Canada




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    We live in a lakeside home with 100 feet of shoreline on the North Channel of Lake Huron on Manitoulin Island (Rainbow Country!). The Globe and Mail has listed Manitoulin Island as #1 in the Canadian Hidden Gem travel guide 2019.
    We moved here in May, 2017 and love the house. Between the house and the lake is a lawn that is starting to turn into the garden that was designed for us. We hope you will help us continue to transform it into a haven for birds and wildlife. We do not have 'green thumbs!' This past summer we have had a good start on the planting thanks to our Workawayers!

    In addition to our garden project, we are also looking for help with vegan cooking, light housekeeping and companionship for Julie.

    Who are we? Julie and Michael are in our early 50's and we have 2 young cats. Julie is a yoga teacher enrolled in yoga therapy training and Mike is a volunteer firefighter and cabinetmaker currently working at a number of jobs. We are quiet types, fairly introverted but enjoy good company. Julie has chronic fatigue and is home most of the time. Mike enjoys windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddleboarding (SUP). In our 20's we travelled extensively for 1 year: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, England, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands.

    Languages: English and some French

    We have a large bedroom downstairs with a fantastic view of the lake for our Workaway visitor(s). When not working, you would be able to learn yoga and meditation from an experienced teacher, try your hand at windsurfing or paddleboarding, check out the attractions on the Island, or hang out in the hammock just taking it easy.

    Our home is located on a long road with other lakeside properties and is a 15 minute drive from a full service town. There is limited public transportation provided by Northland in combination with a taxi service that makes stops around the Island including nearby Sheguiandah, and into the city of Sudbury. Julie however would be happy to drive you to various sightseeing locations, hiking spots, First Nation pow-wows, or other places you might like to visit.

    Currently we follow a lazy vegan diet mostly from packages. If you like to cook, that would be awesome, but if not, you can join us with what we are having. Cooking is definitely not our skill set. We hope to transition to a way of eating that reduces reliance on packaged foods but that doesn't involve us cooking. If you would like to cook and freeze meals for us, that would help.

    We would expect you to help with the garden project, light housekeeping, or cooking 5 days a week with flexibility around the weather. If it's very hot, then choosing the hours to be outside is a good idea.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workaway visitors will be able to experience life in rural northern Ontario on the largest freshwater island in the world! We can also share our travel experiences and compare what travelling was like pre-Internet to now.
    Learn yoga, meditation, windsurfing.

  • Help


    Garden (May-October): Help select plants at the garden centre, prepare the ground, plant, water, measure the area for the beds following the landscape design. We have a fully designed garden plan that tells us what plants to put where. The plants are mostly shrubs, some perennials, and trees. When there are no plants for planting, then help with weeding, watering, and maintaining the home will be needed.
    Home (November-March or rainy days during May-October): Vegan cooking, organizing areas in the house, light cleaning (vacuuming, loading dishwasher, cleaning cat litter, etc), snow clearing, keeping company with Julie. Help with the household chores enables Julie to rest and use her energy for teaching yoga and for her yoga therapy training course.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Large bedroom with a double bed, shared sitting area with television, private bathroom. Shared meals in the kitchen, lots of shared deck space to enjoy the view. Smaller bedroom also available if not travelling as a couple or for an additional Workawayer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Manitoulin Island is the home of various farming communities and First Nation Reserves. Cultural opportunities such as attending pow-wows that run on different weekends during pow-wow season and festivals such as the Bluegrass Festival and Haweater Festival. Beautiful beaches, hiking trails, day cruises and more.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • 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

Our cats love our workawayers!
Mike and Julie
Kris and Miguel working their magic in the kitchen.
Nina and Fabian planting the larch tree that survived its first winter and is greening up in the Spring of 2020!
June dawn from the deck
Mike and Julie with Workawayers Julia and Valentine
This is why Manitoulin is known as Rainbow Country
Kitchen where we'll have meals together.
Creativity of Workawayers Julia and Valentine

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