Boat refinishing and construction - Southern Gulf islands, Canada



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    Thetis Island is the most central and accessible Island in the the Gulf Islands which are located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. We have 5 acres of waterfront forested property with 2 cabins and a large house.
    we have a large millwork shop and build custom cabinetry
    We are entering our 3rd season as work away hosts and really enjoyed our summer helpers in the garden and realize there are skilled trades people who are travelling too. This Winter and Fall we are going to focus on some projects that have been unfinished for a while. Our large home is in the finishing stages with tiling, painting, trim work, siding to finish. We also need help with putting back together our Beneteau 50 ft Sailboat which went under major upgrades and painting. Basically, we need help with installing all the bits...and pieces, electrical, and navigation instruments.

    Your accommodation will be a cabin with a queen bed, bathroom and breakfast nook. It's pretty cute with fantastic sunrises
    Food will be provided however you will be responsible for cooking your own meals. We may on occasion share a dinner together as time permits.
    This is a small Island of 350 people in the winter 1200 in the summer
    There is No down Town! --- there is one convenience store and a farm stand the pub & the ferry line up is where all the action is.
    Although it is quiet, the locals are very friendly and there are activities at the pub.
    Work Schedules are 4 -5 hours a day and quite flexible.

    We are a couple in our 50's who like play and work hard. We own a custom home building and mill-work business so We have a lot of projects on the go and people coming and going . We have dog, 3 cats and bees.
    We enjoy sailing, skiing, music, and building stuff. We have 3 daughters in their 20's who visit when time allows.

    We are well traveled and took our children off-shore sailing for 2 years. We speak English and french.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in the Coast Salish Peoples territory. Learn about first nations culture. Enjoy learning how to fish, harvest seafood organic gardening and building. We have some of the largest trees in Canada here and there are plenty of walking trails. Try kayaking or set up camp on a remote island ( we can take you there by boat in the summer. There is a lot of wildlife here; eagles, otters, whales, seals, but no bears or cougars - so you are safe to explore. It is a unique lifestyle here living in a ferry dependent community where everyone knows you by name.

  • Help


    Assisting in the installation of siding, painting, tiling, installing hardware, cleaning construction areas, landscaping work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French and English

  • Accommodation


    Private small cabin with loft - 2 queen beds bathroom and breakfast kitchen. (small fridge)
    We prefer you cook your own food as we are not home much to prepare meals. There is a large kitchen available for you too enjoy as well as laundry facility.
    We will supply food but if you have special dietary requests you may have to supply them. I have a pretty well stocked pantry as I love to cook all types of food and enjoy cooking. I would love to learn more about different ethnic cooking.
    Occasionally, we will share meals together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are several affordable ferry's running daily to Chemainus- home of the World Famous Murals and close to the Cowichan Valley -noted for it's vineyards and artisans. Victoria is just over an hour away. The best way to get here from Vancouver by is taking A 15 minute float plane ride. Vancouver flights leave 4 times daily @ 70.00. The scenery is worth the trip. google up Thetis Island and check out our community blog for information about where we live.
    Tofino- popular for surfing, camping, whale watching, spirit bears and wolves, is a couple hours away and there are many alpine ski areas. If you are on Facebook have a look at the group "take a hike Vancouver Island - "it is really a great site for learning about the many trails at our door step.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

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

Sunrises and moonrise’s are a treat here
THe view from our house
the fig leaves need to be raked every day in the fall
Prepping sockeye salmon for canning
The work away cabin
Our family enjoying clams on the beach

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