Sunny Shuswap Lake: garden early morn or late afternoon & swim, hike, mtn bike all afternoon in Salmon Arm, BC.

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  • Description

    Description

    Salmon Arm sits on the edge of Shuswap Lake, surrounded by mountains, with endless hiking/biking trails. We are in the country yet 5 min from town and the beach. There are lovely walking trails all the way into town. Across the street is Little Mountain Park with beautiful forested trails and a viewpoint where you can see all of Salmon Arm and the vastness of Shuswap Lake. If you have a mountain bike, you will be in heaven. Also next to gym, Golf Courses, Rec Centre, Stables.

    Masks are not longer required in BC and pretty much everything is open again. We have chosen to not get shots, just so you are aware. Whatever you have chosen, is acceptable to us.

    Salmon Arm is within a 15 – 25 min drive to approx. 6 other small communities to explore with beaches, rivers, waterfalls, hiking trails and summer markets. Salmon Arm is half way between Vancouver and Calgary and a little more than an hour from Kamloops and Kelowna.

    Ideally, you will start early in the morning when the weather is cool and work till 12:30ish, then the rest of the day is yours to explore, or hang out at the beach. If you don't want to start quite so early, you can finish up your time in the cool of the evenings. If you are a late starter, you will cook outside. Alternatively, you could start at 3 or 4pm and work till 8 or 9pm. You must be self-motivated, love working in the garden, independent and happy to work on your own or with others.

    Your room is located on the lower level of the house (we are upstairs) with access to a full kitchen to prepare your meals, also a living room, bathroom, and dining room all shared with bnb guests. Your room has a dresser, closet, double bed and rocking chair with lamp for evening reading. This small cozy room has 2 doors – one leading directly to outside, the other is into the kitchen. Guests staying here often leave early a.m. for work and return in the evening for dinner and usually retire to their rooms. Helpers allow guests the priority use of kitchen so they can enjoy their quiet/private time.

    Please let us know if you will be traveling with your own accommodation ~ we have lots of room to park your van or RV, as well as for tenting should you prefer that.

    Outside of the suite, there are two lawn areas, a picnic table, fire pit area, and BBQ, we just ask that you leave it full for the next guests.
    Walking trails are plentiful and just across the road, hiking trails just down the road.

    Need help with lots of gardening or, if you prefer, lots of Handyman/Carpentry work to be done. I would LOVE if someone had the skills to build a small roadside veggie stand. . If you have the desire, the skills, and experience to work on your own building/creating/renos, you will not run out of things to do. A second residence on the property needs work, and is a nice place to work when the weather is too hot or, too wet and cold.
    Just let us know about all your skills you would like to exercise, and we will find a place to use them.

    Summer months are gardening months along with harvesting and food preservation such as canning, dehydrating, freezing, oh and if you know how we can ferment fruit (winemaking : )

    In the gardens we need help with:
    Watering
    Weeding
    Deadheading over 100 dahlia plants (love this)
    Keep tomatoes supported
    Picking, drying, canning
    Mowing Lawns
    General yard work
    Keeping the shared suite area clean, tidy & occasionally preparing rooms for guests
    Harvesting
    If you are a arborist & love it, we shall keep you happy

    May also include some general cleaning in garage or house

    We do not have farm animals, just a cheeky kitty that loves to meet newcomers.

    Questions:
    What are your hobbies?
    What work do you LOVE to do and what types of work do you not love as much??
    Are you comfortable working and being alone or do you prefer others around?
    In what areas do you feel experienced and confident doing independently?
    How would you like to spend your days off?
    Do you have a car or vehicle?
    What are your hobbies?
    Do you prefer to work early mornings, or later in the afternoon till evening?
    What would you like to learn about?
    Is this your first Workaway experience?

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Lots to learn and share about gardening both vegetables and flowers.

    During summer/fall months we do canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting and pickling.

    There are local buses to and from town. If you have your own car, just a 5 min. drive to town and a beautiful sandy beach in canoe. There are many beaches and rivers to explore within less than 25 min.
    If you fish, bring your rod along. On your days off, you might like to go camping in the area to expand your experiences here. A recent helper fished in the evenings and brought home trout to cook over the fire.

    I will often invite others to join us in cooking over the campfire for a weekend social so as helpers can meet others and have a fun evening although, this is not possible during the fire season months.

    Salmon Arm usually has many opportunities for you to enjoy live music. Masks are no longer required in B.C. and everything is pretty much open now. During the summer months, there are weekly music performances to attend as well as local performances in the downtown core. Wednesdays on the Wharf feature many local musicians and people bring along picnics, lawn chairs or blanket to sit in the park and enjoy the music.

  • Help

    Help

    During the Summer months, we need help with:
    Planting a variety of vegetables and flowers
    Transplanting
    Watering
    Weeding
    Fertilizing
    Mulching
    Mowing Lawns
    General yard help
    Staking tomatoes
    Harvesting
    Preparing food for preserving, canning, dehydrating, freezing
    May also include some general cleaning in garage or house. Weekly cleaning of suite you may be sharing with guests.

    Lots of Handyman/Carpentry work to be done should you prefer that. If you have the desire, the skills, and experience to work on your own, you will not run out of things to do. A second residence on the property needs work, and is a nice place to work when the weather is too hot or, too wet and cold. Just let us know about all your skills you would like to exercise, and we will find a place to use them.

    We do not have farm animals, just a cheeky kitty.

    Due to covid, you may prefer to do your own shopping for less hours of work for the first week. Open for discussion. We will not be getting 'shots' if that is of concern to you, best to know now. Whatever you have chosen, we are ok with.

    Let us know if you will be working here in the area, or working from your computer while here, should we need to make work schedule adjustments.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Your room is located on the lower level of the house, where it is cool... (we are upstairs) with a full kitchen for you to prepare your meals, living room and dining room. When other guests or workers are here, these areas may be shared and guests will have priority usage. Guests have often commented how quiet it is here, and how they feel like they are the only ones around. Works well, as most guests are gone all day, make a quick meal and then disappear into their rooms. Each room has a desk and rocking chair so they are comfortable in their own private space.

    Your room has a dresser, place to hang clothing, double bed and rocking chair with lamp for evening reading. The room has 2 doors – one leading directly to outside, the other is into the kitchen.

    The bathroom may also be shared from time to time, and has a toilet, sink, and shower. Guests staying here often leave early a.m. for work and return in the evening for dinner and usually retire to their rooms. I generally only accept guests that are in town for temporary work. Helpers are expected to do a quick sanitize of bathroom after each use.

    Please let us know if you will be traveling with your own accommodation ~ we have lots of room to park your van or RV, as well as for tenting should you prefer that.

    Outside of the suite, there are two lawn areas, a picnic table, fire pit area, and BBQ.

    Walking trails are plentiful and just across the road, more challenging hiking trails just down the road. Due to covid, you may prefer to do your own shopping for less hours of work for the first week. Open for discussion.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    EVERY SEASON:

    You will enjoy hiking and if you have a car there are many smaller surrounding communities to explore. There is a bus service in town, and the local bus is a 5 min. walk from the house. Walking to town is about 40 min. through trails and to get to shopping or the gym is 5 min by car or about a 25 min. walk.

    Google Shuswap Trail Alliance has a website with maps of many surrounding trails and group activities.
    There are also community organized walking, hiking, and biking groups (mountain biking trips organized by Skookum Cycle)

    We have a great little news paper called the 'Friday am' that lists all the events here and surrounding small communities. Goggle Friam (dot) ca, and take a look whats happening here now!

    During winter months, you are fairly close to 5 downhill ski resorts and 1 exceptional cross-country ski area.
    Ski hills become hiking and biking trails during the rest of the year.

    SPRING and SUMMER:
    There are many lovely sandy beaches in and surrounding this town, as well as swimming river in Enderby, and if you have transportation beaches from here to Chase and all the way to Sicamous!
    The closest beach (Canoe Beach) is a short bus ride from here, a 40 min. bike ride, or a good walk 1.5 hrs maybe..
    So many areas to explore in the summer. there is a local bus

    FALL: Endless hiking, Salmon Run from the end of Sept till end of October (40 min. drive to lovely area to view Salmon and for easy trail walking - beautiful), cold lake swimming, lol,
    Gyms are open, movie theatres and all restaurants,/pubs, etc. are all open.

    WINTER:
    During the winter months we are 15 min. from Cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing. For those with a vehicle we are 50 min. from Silver Star Mountain, and an hour + away from Revelstoke, Big White, and Sun Peaks Ski Resorts.
    Daily a bus will take you from Salmon Arm up to Silver Star Mountain which is an hour away. Revelstoke Mountain also an hour away while Big White and Sun Peaks 1.5 hrs + weather and road conditions pending.

    When the snow comes there are buses to Silverstar Mountain for downhill skiing, cross-country, tobogganing tubing hills, pubs, restaurants and more! Buses leave in the a.m. return late afternoon.
    We are also 15 min. from larch hills, some of the best cross-country skiing ever

    We are not far from the Recreational Centre that includes a full exercise gym, hot tub, sauna, and swimming pool; pay a small amount to enjoy all three! May not be open due to covid, BUT....the gyms are open and there is one nearby.

    Winter months there is lots of music at Coffee Houses, and Jazz nights google jazzsalmonarm usually by donation.

    Throughout the year......During normal times.........
    Tuesdays - I try to go every Tuesday for $5- movie night, and a local pub after for a drink
    Thursdays Karaoke and free pool at Grindrod pub
    also on Thursdays by donation there is Jazz Music night google jazz salmon arm
    Saturday evenings there are International Films
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday nights musical entertainment at Coffee Houses, and Jazz nights, where locals get up to play music and sing
    First Friday of each month the Art Gallery has an open house with music, snacks, and drinks.
    If you are a hiker or Mountain biker - you will be in paradise

    Not sure what of the above, will take place this winter as things are ever-changing.

    FEW ADDED NOTES, in summary:

    I try to take time to explore with you when we are all caught up with chores. Hike, bike or catch a bus to easily explore trails and get to town.

    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.
    Drive 1 - 1.5 hrs and you can explore Vernon (40 min), Armstrong (30 min.) Revelstoke, Kelowna, Lumby, Westbank, Chase, Kamloops, and Falkland

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

    Winter ski hills all within 1.5 hrs or less are: Revelstoke Mountain, Sun Peaks, Big White, and less than an hour is Silver Star and endless cross country ski trails just a 15 - 20 min. drive from here.

    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.

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    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

    Our internet is good should you be attending school or working online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    If you prefer, there is ample room here to park should you be traveling in your campervan, motorhome, or prefer tenting. Up to you. Parking available towards the back of the property for more privacy.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week (flexible)

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