We are a family of three plus one dog. Our family is into gardening, sailing, playing music, kayaking and taking walks with Snoop the Chocolate Lab. We offer opportunities to stay on Galiano Island. We are slowly converting our garden using permaculture principles. We are also applying our sailboat to a variety of purposes including cultural outreach between the Gulf Islands.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Depending on your interests, we can teach you cooking, kayaking and sailing at professional level (we have one certified sailing instructor, and a registered professional chef and kayaking guide). We can speak native English and French, some Spanish and beginner Japanese. We are musicians, and love to jam with our visitors and teach musical skills if you are open to it.
This spring and summer (2021), we're aiming to get some help with gardening, pet care, and general house/landscape maintenance. General house cleaning tasks, cooking and organizing may also be required.
In the Spring we will be working to improve our current automated watering system. We will also start plants indoors and outdoors, select and plant new crops using companion planting principles. We will be rebuilding our compost system as well.
By mid summer we will require help with weeding, and with keeping the grounds tidy, including simple grass cutting, collecting leaves and brown matter for composting and trail maintenance.
At the end of the summer and into the fall, we participate in the local fruit and vegetable gleaning project, and do a lot of wild crafting and harvesting. Your help would be welcome in this too.
We also have a large sailboat that is always in need of various kinds of maintenance and cleaning.
Sometimes there are opportunities to find paid work, and we will often provide a flexible schedule of Work Away tasks to enable side gigs.
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.
We have a variety of options, including a protected tent platform with electricity and wi-fi access if you like to sleep in the great outdoors (best in summer!), or our very small (cute!) private outbuilding, which has electricity, heat, a small cupboard and good wi-fi.
We also have a few good places to pitch a tent when the weather is warm and dry.
Galiano Island is well placed for Pacific Northwest adventures, roughly equidistant between Vancouver, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. Including our island as a midway stop for your travels around our area is a great option. Galiano offers an amazing natural environment, spectacular hiking and kayaking/boating opportunities, and many recreation options. Locals engage in soccer, ball hockey, ultimate frisbee, creative and contemporary dance, circus arts, roller derby/skating, ping pong, tea kwon do, pickle ball, creaand those opportunities are open to visitors as well. We have an amazing little arts center which hosts a variety of workshops, music shows, and art exhibits. We have bicycles and scooters available for our visitors who have a valid driver's license (there is no reliably available public transportation on our island at the moment, but there is a community bus which runs at peak hours).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We recently upgraded to a 25 Mbps connection. This is sure way better than how it was when we started living in this little cabin in the woods... way back then we were on dial-up !!
This host can provide space for campervans.
4 hours per day (5 days per week)
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