Explore the great Bear Rainforest and help out on our small farm in Bella Coola Valley, Canada



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  • Description


    We are a married couple with a newborn baby (May 2021) who have a hobby farm in the beautiful Bella Coola Valley.
    We currently have a large garden, hay fields, a barn and many old fruit trees (apple, cherry, pear, plum). We also have many wild berry bushes, including saskatoon berries, thimble berry, choke cherries, and wild rose hips. Our produce is currently for our own consumption.
    We have a beautiful oak tree, an old growth cedar/hemlock/doug fir/spruce forest on the property, a creek behind the house, trails through a swamp forest, waterfall views.
    From our property you can also access mountain bike trails and the trail to the East Schoolhouse Falls which provides a beautiful view of the valley in addition to the falls.

    We bought the property in spring of 2020. The property had not been farmed for many years. It continued to be maintained beautifully, But growing/harvesting of crops were not the recent focus.
    We have begun many projects and have many more in mind, but some are "experimental". We love new ideas for creative, sustainable living and farming. Some things we have done in the last year:
    •Tilled and restored an old garden area, and a new garden area, which gives us quite a large growing area.
    • planted more fruit trees and bushes: nectarine, fig, raspberries, blueberries, persimmon, strawberries, paw paw, purple sausage.
    •constructing an attached greenhouse to the shop.
    • mushroom logs
    • currently installing a new electric fence for predators and deer
    • making trails through the old growth forest
    •soil building, composting, mulching
    • tapping birch trees and making birch syrup
    • working to restore the health of old fruit trees, some almost 100 yrs old

    There are many projects always on the go, it just depends what time of year you visit for what we are up to.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The local area is absolutely amazing. Some of the most scenics views in the world.
    There is a very rich local First Nations culture. We are located in the traditional lands of the Nuxalk Nation. You will likely see traditional fishing methods in practice, local art (famous for carvings). Some opportunities may exist to be involved in local activities with both First Nations and Non-First Nations. Some traditional sites are only able to be seen with a local First Nations guide and this can be arranged.
    The area is known for great salmon fishing, Grizzly bear viewing, hiking, kayaking, hot springs, skiing, and about any outdoor activities. We can lend you some fishing gear, but you would have to purchase a fishing license to try your luck with the salmon.

    We are fairly new to the Bella Coola Valley, but we have both spent our whole lives in the surrounding area and can share many stories, local history, and offer recommendations for things to do or see.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    •Planting seeds and seedlings in the garden, small bushes and fruit and nut trees
    •Watering and mulching
    •Small fencing projects
    •Picking berries, fruit and vegetables from the garden
    •Small carpentry projects such as building a cold frames, greenhouse, planting boxes.
    •Composting and fertilizing plants
    •Helping to till additional garden space
    •Painting, sanding and staining
    •Lawn mowing and weed wacking
    •Clearing fenceline
    •Feeding the chickens and mucking out the chicken coop
    •Helping to innoculate mushroom logs
    •Helping to create and maintain vermicomposting towers and trays
    •Seed saving
    •Processing food (drying, canning, juicing)
    •chainsaw work (can train)
    •ride on mower, tractor, other equipment use.

    • help with food preparation
    • help with childcare
    •help with cleaning

    Tasks will likely depend on what your skills and interests are as well.
    If you have skills you would like to use or share, Great !
    If you would like to learn new skills that we can share, Great !

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Depending on timing and other visitors, options are:
    1 spare bedroom in house
    A travel trailer separate from house
    Tenting in a nice camp spot by a creek.

    For food, we normally have group/family dinners and we are pretty flexible with how that works with help. Sometimes we take turns cooking, sometimes we all pitch in. I would say we eat about 80% organic food and try to grow, preserve, prepare as much of our own food from the farm as possible. We are not vegan or vegetarian, but are conscious of where our food, especially meat, comes from. We try to eat mostly wild meat or local organic meat products. We are respectful of dietary preferences and restrictions, and will do everything we can to provide what you need for your diet. If you have special dietary requirements we should discuss prior to your visit. Local stores may not carry certain items.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As stated above, there are many outdoor activities, local culture, natural beauty to experience here.

    There is an airport that has flights to/from Vancouver. Vehicle rentals are available at the airport. A vehicle does give you more freedom to explore the area but isn't a must. We live within biking distance to stores, airport, and many sites to see.
    There is a ferry from Vancouver Island or Prince Rupert to Bella Coola. This is about 17 hrs and is an overnight trip.
    You can travel by road via HWY 20 which is 6 hrs from Williams Lake,12 hrs from Vancouver. Including the famous Bella Coola Hill, known locally as "the hill".
    If you are interested in coming, please contact us to discuss the best way to get here.

  • A little more information

    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 873366758935