Lakeside Home on Manitoulin Island - 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 we hope you will help us transform into a haven for birds and wildlife. The garden has been designed, but your help is needed to make it a reality. We do not have 'green thumbs!'

    In addition to our garden project, we are also looking for help with eldercare. Recently Julie's mom has moved in and so we are looking for help with companionship, reassurance and light housekeeping.

    Who are we? Julie and Michael are in our early 50's and we have 2 young cats. Julie is a yoga teacher 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. When not gardening, 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 public bus transportation provided by Northland that makes stops around the Island including nearby Sheguiandah, and into the city of Sudbury but the schedule is limited. 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.

    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 would expect you to help with the garden project and/or eldercare for a few hours per day, 5 days a week with flexibility around the weather. If it's very hot, then choosing the hours to be outside is a good plan.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • 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: 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 and maintaining the property will be needed. On rainy days, helping to organize areas in the house, perhaps a little light cleaning or cooking if you like to cook.

    Eldercare and housekeeping: Companionship, reassurance, making tea, preparing vegan meals, laundry, vaccuuming, tidying, loading and unloading dishwasher.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and some French

  • 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.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Our house
This is why Manitoulin is known as Rainbow Country
Kitchen where we'll have meals together.
Mike & Julie
Yoga at the top of the Cup & Saucer hiking trail!
June dawn from the deck

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