French Beach retreat on Vancouver Island B.C., Canada



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Westcoast Home, on a small acreage with two big goofy dogs that love to go for walks to the beach. We are Mariners and love the ocean and are about a 5 minute walk to French Beach and a short drive to Surfing Beaches and the famous Juan De Fuca Trail.
    We are in need of volunteers to help and learn about general gardening and landscaping duties. Duties can also include outdoor arts and crafts and some domestic help around the house would be amazing. We prefer non-smokers.

    We love to cook and teach about life here in a rural community. We prefer the slow food movement and support local ethical farms with organic if possible and sustainable living.

    The accommodation is a private suite overlooking our garden acreage. We live in a rural area with no bus service as of yet ( closest town is a 20 minute drive ) so would like to have volunteers who have means to some sort of transportation.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will gain experience in gardening techniques, along with plant identifications and requirements. Learn how to make mosaic stepping stones, Learn how to identify and harvest local B.C. Seaweed species in a sustainable environmentally friendly practices. Some Mariner history of this unique area including a lighthouse all within a five minute walk to the beach.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    General gardening and landscaping, Some outdoor arts and crafts. All materials included. Household duties. Dog walker to beach if inclined. And cooking classes are always available as I love to cook and share recipes. We practice the slow food movement here with local suppliers and ethical treatment of farm animals.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private Suite with Bathroom and Shower. Deck overlooks views of our garden and forest with a path to the beach. I am a pretty good cook ( so I am told ) :) and am happy to cook dinners for you. Other meals you are welcome to use our gourmet kitchen. must love dogs as our two love people and they will want to be around you while here. We prefer non smokers and are looking for people that have access to a vehicle as we live in a rural area that currently has no bus service. Closest town is a 20 minute drive away.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is so much to see and do while here. Numerous beaches and hiking trails, also fresh water lakes for swimming. Artisans local shops and eateries. World class fishing and whale watching, surfing and just an hours drive to downtown Victoria.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Two days on and two days off. 4.5 hour days

Host ref number: 911658851983