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Hiking, an hour from 3 ski hills, & 15 min from cross-country, D.I.Y projects, organizing here in Salmon Arm, Canada

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  • Last activity: 30 Nov 2023



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  • Description


    We are on 10 secluded country acres, yet close to everything - 5 min drive to downtown, 3 min.drive to amenities, All within walking distance 45 min to an hour depending on your pace. Quick drive (7min.) or $2 bus ride to town, we are surrounded by hiking trails and farmland. We do not have farm animals, (just a cat).

    We are only a 15 min drive to some of Canada's best cross-country ski and snowshoeing trails. There is a bus from Salmon Arm to Silverstar mountain (about 45 - 60 min away)

    Would currently welcome either:
    a) those with experience with firewood and providing of
    b) handyman skills that you are 100% confident in doing on your own.
    d) enjoy cuddling a kitty
    e) organizing, cleaning, yard work in preparation for winter & snow
    f) PLEASE let us know your do-it-yourself skills as we have lots of little
    jobs, depending on your skill level.
    g) We have a variety of projects from building, renos, etc etc so if anything in particular specifically interests you, please let us know.

    Helpers need to be independent, self-motivated helpers and ok to work on their own.

    Let us know your passions/skills as your unique skills may just be a perfect fit
    for a special project we have not mentioned ... as.... there are too many projects to list here.
    Some tasks indoors, and some outdoors

    Please come prepared ~

    - warm clothes as winter can be cold
    - winter boots and warm outdoor clothing important
    - when temperatures drop, having warm slippers inside is good
    - Your own work gloves
    - A water bottle

    We have been hosting travelers since 1995 ( on and off ) and are so appreciative of the many self-motivated, independent workawayers helping us. It has been a fun ride!

    Salmon Arm sits on the edge of Shuswap Lake, surrounded by mountains, with endless hiking and biking trails. We are in the country yet a 5 min drive from town, or 40 min. (up to 1 hour) walk, and a 20 min.bus ride due to the stops along the way.

    Within walking distance to groceries (Askews uptown), pub (Setters), gym, hot tub and indoor pool at SASCU Recreation Centre, Home Restaurant, Tim Hortons in about 40 min.

    We are on the city bus route so getting to town or more and more hiking trails - is very easy - you can look up the schedule by searching Salmon Arm transit
    'e-bus' will bring you to Salmon Arm from the B.C. Coast, Alberta, or airports - check out e-bus online.

    There are lovely walking trails all the way into town. We are next to Little Mountain Park with beautiful forested trails for easy hiking. The top, is a 10 min walk, very easy, with views of all of Salmon Arm as well as the vastness of Shuswap Lake. Chances are, you won't get to walk all the trails Salmon Arm has to offer, - so many. Search Shuswap Trail Alliance for maps.

    See below under 'What Else' things to do and see in the area, and what to do on your time off.

    Your room is located on the lower-ground-level of the house, own private entrance, and driveway. (we are upstairs). There is a complete self-contained suite downstairs (approx 1200 sq.ft) so you will have access to a full kitchen to prepare your meals also a living room, bathroom, and dining room. In the winter months it can be a bit chilly and warm slippers and a sweater will do just fine. If you like to sit around during the day, then you will get chilly - if you move, go in and out, love to explore and do not enjoy sitting around, you will be fine.

    If you like quiet time, to be close to nature, this is the spot. There are 2.5 bedrooms downstairs and 2 bathrooms.

    Feel free, if you want...... to answer the questions below as it will help us to learn a little about you - The more we know about you, the better we can customize your experiences here both helping and how you like to spend your free

    What are your hobbies?
    What part of our description sounds enticing to you?

    What tasks do you LOVE to do and what types of help do you not love as much?? (helps us plan chores for you)
    Are you comfortable helping and being alone or do you prefer others around?

    In what tasks, or skills, do you feel experienced and confident doing independently?
    What projects have you accomplished on your own with respect to building and types of tools you have experience with?

    How would you like to spend your days off?
    Do you have a car or vehicle?

    Do you smoke? Are you ok being around a cat? ie:do you have allergies

    Feel free, only if you want.... to share whether you have any medical conditions you feel important for us to k now - including allergies or food sensitivities.

    Do you prefer to do early mornings, or later in the afternoon till evening?

    Are you comfortable helping in all weather conditions? (no worries, lots of indoor tasks too)
    Summer months can be hot

    Is this your first Workaway experience?
    Are you ok with making your own meals and purchasing your own dairy, meat, and other preferred fresh foods?

    Pick one:
    Are you coming to meeting others or looking for a quiet place to rest and spend time alone?
    Are you coming for the great outdoors, or to do some indoor hobbies?
    Are you coming to hopefully learn something specifically
    Are you coming to save money while travelling
    Answer, I pick _____

    What was it about our Profile, that was of special interest to you?

    Some helpers come to learn about gardening and homesteading.
    Some helpers come for a free place to stay while exploring, working online, or doing school,
    Some helpers come to share their skills and expertise,
    Some come to improve their language skills,
    Some come to 'get some alone time'
    Others come to 'socialize' with hosts and integrate with the family

    We are curious as to what might bring you hear as knowing this will help us to enhance your experience .

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is a piano in your area for those musically inclined, lots of easy walking trails as challenging hiking trails. We are within walking distance to the gym, pool, ice arena, golf course, and town.

    We are close to a free - disc golf park where many of our helpers go to meet others both in the summer and winter so pick up a disc for disc golfing before you come.

    Check below for all the fun activities around town.

    Salmon Arm is halfway between Vancouver and Calgary and a little more than an hour from Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Kelowna.

    Be patient, if I don't get back to you right away.....some days you will get a quick response, other days it may take up to a week.

    Winter months and sports! We are 1 hr from Silverstar Mountain and Revelstoke and 1.5 hrs from SunPeaks and Kamloops and Big White in Kelowna. Boarding, skiing, and cross-country ski hills are just a 15min drive.
    You can rent snowshoes and skis from John's Ski Shack, if you are interested.
    Silverstar mountain has night skiing on Friday's after 3pm, and I believe everything is somewhere between $5 and $15- lifts, skiis, food etc. Has a lovely small quaint town, with 3 pubs, huge toboggan hill, and outdoor ice skating. A little costly would be renting ski-doos, or late night horse drawn sled dinner in up on the hill.

    There is a bus from downtown Salmon Arm that leaves early in the morning to Silverstar mountain and returns early evening.

  • Help


    We have many projects on the go, so let us know your skills and we will most likely have a task for you!

    Would love to have someone eager to continue organize a garage sale with us (get ready now for the spring!)

    Lots of handyman projects here .... a few things to consider......

    Please let us know if these tasks work for you
    Are you a 'handyman' capable of independently taking on do-it-yourself projects?
    Do you love to organize, clean, do household books?
    Do you have gardening experience? (none to do come end of Nov till
    Spring as it is usually under the snow or frozen ground)
    Can you do any tiling? Can you build anything?

    Handyman help: - needs to be confident doing tasks on their own.
    ~ repairing around home and garage
    ~ creative building of an additional shower (tiling or ?) to accommodate more future workawayers?

    ~IF you have carpentry skills and would like to use them, just ask - open for discussion based on what we have to do
    and what experience you have, and if you are able to work independently.
    ~ contemplating creating a cabin on property using the trees on property and collection of construction materials. Neighbour is milling wood for us

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Your room is located on the lower-ground-level of the house, with it's own entrance. - and driveway..... (we are upstairs) .
    This is a completely self-contained suite with 2.5 bedrooms (two large, and one small)

    The suite has a full kitchen for you to prepare your meals, a living room and dining room. It is approx 1200 sq ft and could be shared with another helper or a rental guest from time to time.

    You will cook your own meals. We have found that many love to have the freedom to do their own thing.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What to do around town:

    There is a bus service in town, and the local bus stop is a 5 min. walk from the house. I think about $2

    You can also walk to town along the backroads or take the trails through the woods all the way to town...it is about 40 minute walk - all down hill, so you might want to take a bus back up!

    Closer than walking to town is a large grocery store, local pub, HOME restaurant, 24 hour gym indoor swimming pool/hot tub/steam room (exercise room included) and shooting range.

    Do a couple of searches on your computer for:

    Search - Shuswap Trail Alliance - as it has a website with maps of many
    surrounding trails and group activities.
    Search - Shuswap Lady Striders, if you would like to hook up with other ladies for decent hiking
    in the forests as well as casual walking so not on your own.
    Search - Friday a.m. newspaper as it will list all the events here and surrounding small communities! Local news that will give you a good sense as to all the interesting events.

    Tuesdays the movie theatres will cost you only $5- We have the Salmar Classic on Alexander St. and then the Salmar Grand with 4 movie theatres. Website includes trailers.

    Thursdays ~ Karaoke here in Salmon Arm at local pub, Crown & Anchor also at:
    Grindrod's Riverside Pub Thursday nights, which also has free darts and pool and is along the river

    The Night Cafe ~ is a fun little cafe/art studio/ food & pizza place that attracts artists and musicians. Go for coffee/drinks/meet locals or, book an painting lesson. Food offered are mini pizza's, kale Caesar salad, brisket and more plus crepes and desserts too

    There are 4 pubs -
    Barley Brew Pub, Crown & Anchor, Setters Pub, and Don Cherry's bar, a Legion, lots of
    restaurants- Mexican, Thai, East Indian, Chinese and lots more..

    other Activities:

    Bowling Alley,
    Gun Club
    Markets and Craft Sales
    shopping malls
    Indoor pool, hot tub and gym all in one very reasonable price.

    Jazz nights are held every 2nd Thursday - by donation, great music and goodies as well, finishing up though for summer months.

    Salmon Arm is within a 15 – 25 min drive to approx. 6 other small communities to explore with beaches, rivers, waterfalls, skiing and hiking trails. Pretty central here.

    Close to lots of activities, on bus route, and bike available.

    If you have a car then exploring is endless.

    Sicamous, Grindrod, Enderby, Blind Bay, Sorrento, are all smaller towns than Salmon Arm and
    within a 15 - 30 min. drive.

    If you have a vehicle, there is so much to explore in the mountaints as well as surrounding small communities.
    Sorrento, Blind Bay, Sicamous, Enderby, Armstrong ( 20-30 min away)
    Vernon (40 min)
    Revelstoke, Kelowna, Lumby, Westbank, Chase, Kamloops, Falkland (45 min-1hour)

    We are 1/2 way between Banff and Vancouver and those travelling between these two places will most likely pass through Salmon Arm.

    Reiterating....in summary :
    Salmon Arm sits on the edge of Shuswap Lake, surrounded by mountains, with endless hiking and biking trails. We are in the country yet a 5 min drive from town, or 40 min. walk.

    We are on the city bus route so getting to town or, to the beach is easy -
    'e-bus' will bring you to Salmon Arm from the Coast, Alberta, or airports - check out e-bus online.

    There are lovely walking trails all the way into town. We are next to Little Mountain Park with beautiful forested trails for easy hiking. The top, is a 10 min walk, very easy, with views of all of Salmon Arm as well as the vastness of Shuswap Lake.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, should you feel like I should be a fit for you I will very much look forward to meeting you :) Be sure to email or call with all your questions. Happy Travelling.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Yes, our internet is good.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    As we are on 10 acres, we have additional parking space for those travelling with their own accommodation.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week (flexible)

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