Join us with projects around our home and raking, preparing garden beds, close to trails, lake, mountains, & town. Central B.C., Canada




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    We are seeking independent and enthusiastic workers ~ Let us know your skills and we will do our best to put them to good use!

    GARDENING and YARD WORK: raking, digging, planting, watering, weeding.
    CARPENTRY, etc: We have a garage with an attached bathroom and bedroom that I'd love to see fixed up for future workdays. It needs tiling in the shower, the sink and toilet installed (plumbing is in) and painting. Always things to do for maintaining the house and yard that is helpful if you have any 'handyman' or 'building' skills, should that interest you.

    Having GOOD and effective cell phone is a must. If you are looking at what to get... check out Kudos, Telus, or Bell - other travellers go for something cheaper which can be useless in some areas... - so you pay and do not get service. if you are hiking, it is for your safety to have good communication. PLEASE, do not go cheap! It is for your safety (we are secluded) and so we can communicate effectively.

    COVID: Currently, Salmon Arm is fairly safe - heard rumours that about 5 people were transported to Kamloops with Covid symptoms or tested positive.

    We are being very cautious and following all the recommendations, and are not flexible - we need to all be safe, and workers will need to isolate here. Hoping to have the bathroom finished soon in the bedroom (see above) for isolating workers when they first come.
    See below ACCOMMODATIONS for more details.
    For now, if you have a van, camper or motorhome, there is lots of room for you to park. There is a bathroom downstairs, separate from the main living area you MAY need to share with any other workers, should there be any. You will each be responsible for insuring it is clean and safe for all after use. Below are details regarding a sitting/bedroom space for you.

    We are situated in a peaceful area on 10 Acres surrounded by forests, near to the lake, yet a mere 5 min drive to downtown, and we are on the bus route.
    You can also walk to town through forested trails -all downhill - in 30-40 min. I suggest walking to town, and taking the local bus back up the hill.

    We are a 15 minute drive to incredible cross country ski and snowshoeing trails, and a local bus will take you to Silverstar Mountain for downhill, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowshoeing, cross-country, pubs, food, and more.
    In the summer, there are many lakes surrounding Salmon Arm all the way to Chase and Sicamous. Rivers to swim in and water falls to explore. Having a car is beneficial otherwise there are local buses.

    Ski Hills nearby become biking and hiking trails in the summer. There are tons of hiking trails very close, within walking distance and a trail all the way into town.

    Property backs onto Salmon Arm Golf Course, and is across the street from easy walking trails through Little Mountain. For more of a challenge at the end of our road there are endless Mountain Biking Trails. There are 2 other golf courses nearby and many in the area.

    After your workday there is not only the wilderness all around us to explore, but also a nearby recreation centre which has a pool, hot tub, sauna, and gym but sadly currency closed.
    We are also close to bowling, hiking, biking, skiing, the lake, the college, hospital and, as mentioned, mountainous trails. Trails are still open, parks are closed.

    Salmon Arm is nestled amongst mountains and surrounded by lakes, rivers, and many smaller communities to explore. The population is approximately 19,000 people situated on Shuswap Lake in central British Columbia, half way between Vancouver and Calgary - about 4 hours from Banff.

    If you have a car, you can easily explore nearby towns of...Sicamous, Enderby, Sorrento, Blind Bay, all within 20 minutes or, venture a little further to Chase, Armstrong, and Vernon all within 40 min. or in an hour or so go to Falkland Revelstoke Kelowna and Kamloops. So much to see and do ~ Especially if you have your own vehicle although, when not working we are always out and about and you are most welcome to join. Bus service is pretty good here as well.

    Farmers Markets are here on Saturdays, and other nearby areas on different days.

    We do not have any farm animals here; just a cat.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Obviously, what to do and where to visit seems to be changing from week to week.
    Currently all mountainous trails around our home are open to explore with more opening in mid May.
    From time to time, I do canning, dehydrating, freezing, fermenting and pickling.

    Two types of stays here:
    1) Host is around full-time and available for fun, guidance, conversation and to drive you to beach in the summer or take you along when attending local events. Normal type of Workaway place.
    but sometimes..........
    2) We are crazy busy with work and less available therefore you would spend a more time on your own to explore and work, or share time with others staying here. If you don't have a car...... Take the bus to the beach, go for hikes (Shuswap Trail Alliance website), or walk through the woodlands all the way to town! If you do have a car, there are many small communities all around us: Sicamous, Enderby, Sorrento, White Lake, Enderby, Vernon, Revelstoke, Mara, Blind Bay, etc.

    This changes from week to week therefore, I will give you a real clear idea of what to expect - depending on when you are coming - just email and ask all your questions. I like to be open, honest and up front so that everyone has a very clear picture prior to coming to ensure your satisfaction and happiness.

    Salmon Arm has many opportunities for you to enjoy live music. Until summer there are weekly music performances to attend, by donation as well as 'Coffee Houses' and concerts. During summer months there are performances in the downtown core as well as Wednesdays on the Wharf where people come with their picnics and lawn chairs or blanket to sit in the park and enjoy the music.

    Salmon Arm is also famous for the Roots and Blues Music Festival in August but has been cancelled this year.

  • Help


    WE NEED HELP . . . . . .

    ~ Current project is finishing of a sundeck - till needs railing and prep for duradecking top - it is approx. 1,000 sq ft
    ~ Lots of smaller projects inside the house some painting, repairs, etc
    ~ 2nd residence on property requires extensive work - carpentry, tiling, drywalling
    plumbing, painting, electrician work, etc.
    ~ Our wood shed collapsed with the weight of the snow, so would love someone to resurrect it : )

    ~ Organizing and giving everything a thorough clean
    ~ Bringing wood in, chopping and stacking
    -= Some painting and repairs
    ~ lots to do if you are a carpenter, plumber, or electrician.

    Involves getting the beds ready in the Spring, and weeding them in the Summer. As food in gardens or fruit is ready, then we will be canning, pickling, freezing, and dehydrating.
    ~ Lots of yard help/cleaning as well, cleaning and tidying up. Some raking, and lots of digging if you want to get into shape
    ~ We have close to 200 dahlias (beautiful flowers) that will need help 'waking up from hibernation' and preparing for

    ~ Chopping and stacking wood
    ~ General clean up all around and put everything away for winter
    ~ Gathering bundles of twigs from the forest for kindling
    - once the snow sets in the only help is shovelling snow, brining wood in and Carpentry

    ~ Waking up the garden, preparing the ground, turning soil, weeding
    - Planting seeds, weeding and watering daily
    - Lots of flowers to seed and plant
    - Building more planters?? And maybe adding some garden boxes, if you have the skills

    Let us know if you prefer to help within a strict schedule or, if you are okay with helping some days longer and others shorter. We would also like to know what your hobbies are, what kind of tasks you like to do, and what your strengths are.

    We expect helpersers to be prepared for an early start ESPECIALLY when the weather is HOT. It can get hot by 10 or 11am.
    It can get very hot here in the summer months, so we like to see helpers eager to get up, and get-at-er- ! The earlier you start, the more free time you will have in the afternoon.

    Do you prefer to do tasks on your own independently, or do you like to help alongside others?
    What activities or areas would you like to explore during your time off?
    Do you like time to be alone or, do you prefer lots of social time?

    Knowing a bit about you, helps us to plan the type of tasks that would best suit you. Please let us know as much as you can about your skills and past experiences.

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  • Accommodation


    There is an independent suite on the lower level, the main house is on upper level.
    In the suite there is a kitchen, living room, dining room all just off the room where you will stay.
    The main part of the house is on the 2nd floor.
    The area where you will stay may be shared with other workers, each with their own room.
    If you want to tent, one can be supplied - feel like camping but have the comforts of a bathroom and kitchen!!

    Food is vegetarian although, should you wish to purchase your own meat to cook or BBQ, feel free.
    If you want more time to explore, to take on a part-time job, willing to discuss less daily work hours in exchange for purchasing your own food.

    Sometimes you will prepare your own food, other times we will prepare food for you. During the virus times, you will prepare your own food in a separate kitchen, but shared with one other person, each working alone in the kitchen at different times.
    You will have your own kitchen. Basic foods are supplied: vegetables, canned foods, pasta, rice, sauces, oatmeal, bread, frozen foods, frozen prepared meals, frozen pizza, beans, eggs, peanut butter, apples, bananas, oranges, coffee and tea.
    Extra additional foods or other 'preferred foods' are up to you to purchase as you desire, such as: meat, treats, snacks, all beverages, and extras are up to you to purchase - if and when you want - at nearby shopping.
    If you prefer to purchase your own food for shorter work hours, just let us know and we can discuss further.

    UPDATED DUE TO COVID: ~ Learning as we go, suggestions welcome.
    We are being very cautious and following all the recommendations, and are not flexible - we need to all be safe, and workers will need to isolate here. Hoping to have the bathroom finished soon in the bedroom (see above) for isolating workers when they first come.
    For now, if you have a van, camper or motorhome, there is lots of room for you to park. There is a bathroom downstairs, separate from the main living area you MAY need to share with any other workers, should there be any. You will each be responsible for insuring it is clean and safe for all after use.

    Best case scenario is if you have a camperized vehicle for sleeping in ~ that will be perfect, I have converted a laundry room into a sitting room or, the sofa comes down for a bed. One door in the room leads to outside, and the other door leads to the basement suite.
    The independent suite is on the lower level, walk-out ground level, and the main house is on upper level - also walk out ground level as house is on a slope.

    In the suite there is a kitchen, living room, dining room all just off the room where you will stay. Use of kitchen will be limited as we try our best to keep distancing and you will need to sanitize before and after use.
    Use of the kitchen will come after an isolation period.

    I have set up an outdoor undercover kitchen area for you too, to feel safe preparing your own meals (food provided).
    If you feel comfortable, I can also make some of your meals.
    These are strange times. I do have family that may need me to go to them. They have extreme immune deficiencies and I must stay as safe as possible in case they need me, as I am sure you want to stay safe as well.
    The main part of the house is on the 2nd floor.
    The area/suite downstairs where you will stay, is shared with one other person who has their own bedroom and bathroom. Your bedroom (and the bathroom you will use) is at a good, safe distance.
    Please do not hesitate to ask questions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Beginning Mid-May more things will be opening up here. Golf courses are active, trails open, etc. Please do not hesitate to ask questions as to how Salmon Arm is doing.
    Our home is secluded with endless hiking trails within walking distance, and backs onto an 18 hole golf course if you golf or, if you want a late evening gorgeous walk to their restaurant.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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

    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 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!

    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)

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

    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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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week with meals. 3 hours a day, 5 days a week and u do your own meals.

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