Experience off grid living in Sandy Lake, Manitoba, Canada




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    ****Also need housesitting for two weeks Jan25th-February 9th, 2023. Ideally the workaway experience would begin sometime in the middle of January and end towards the middle of February.***

    We are an energetic retired couple living off grid in rural Manitoba, determined to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. We use solar energy for our electrical needs and rainwater for washing. We have an organic garden and full woodworking shop. We are situated on a private lake perfect for canoeing or kayaking. We live on a quarter section of land (160 acres) which is mostly bush and lake. There is an abundance of wildlife around including deer, moose, beavers and migratory birds. We have a number of hiking trails through the property.
    We built an energy efficient home but still have a few projects to complete, mostly gardening, landscaping and trail work.
    We have been vegetarian for 40 years and vegan for over 9 years.
    We enjoy playing and singing music and have a keyboard and several guitars for all of us to play. We try to practice yoga regularly and do a little meditation and we still marvel at being immersed in nature.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Travelers will experience and learn about living off grid, using solar energy, using rainwater as the primary source of water supply, and building with raw materials. We have a large organic garden and greenhouse. We practice regenerative/ permaculture growing techniques to provide food for us, the birds and bees and for the soil.

    When we developed the property, our goal was to live as lightly on the land as possible, reducing our carbon footprint and embracing sustainable living principles. If this is something that interests you for your future plans, this will be an ideal property to live the experience, learning what works and what doesn't and benefit from the knowledge that we have gained over the years.

  • Help


    Help with day to day activities that are required in living on and maintaining an off grid property. This will include trail work, cutting, splitting and stacking wood. All aspects of growing organic fruits, herbs and vegetables in a garden and in a greenhouse. Operation of an outdoor clay oven. Operation and maintenance of a solar powered system. Harvesting, preserving and storage of organic fruits and vegetables (late summer and early fall). MOST IMPORTANTLY WE NEED HELP IN PREPARATION AND COOKING OF PLANT BASED MEALS. YOU BEING PLANT BASED OR VEGAN WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO US.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Ukrainian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Workawayers have the option of staying in a guest bedroom in the house, or guest quarters above the garage/workshop. You will have access to WiFi and satellite TV in the house, including Netflix. The house is equipped with a fully functioning bathroom with a shower, composting toilet & sink. However we do encourage guests to use our outhouse whenever possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in picturesque rural Manitoba, approximately 30 minutes from Riding Mountain National Park which offers horseback riding, nature trails, and a beautiful lake. We are 10 minutes from the small town of Sandy Lake which has swimming, boating, restaurant, bar, golf course, grocery store and a museum. Sandy Lake is also located right on the Cross Canada trail. Lake Audy, about 30 minutes away, has an enclosure where bison can be seen roaming free in their natural habitat. Our own property offers hiking trails and a lake, guests will have access to a canoe, kayaks and bikes. Possibilities exist to use our vehicle, if necessary. We do not allow smoking on the property. We have a dog and cat, both very friendly and both live in the house, so no allergies please.

    We are rather secluded, so best suited for those who want a retreat like atmosphere.

    We are willing to pick you up at the Winnipeg or Brandon Airport, or bus terminals and return you there after your stay.

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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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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

Host ref number: 861785476935