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Enjoy skiing and hiking and help us with carpentry, wood chopping, D.I.Y projects-Salmon Arm, Central BC

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  • Description


    Need someone now till Feb 11-- During the winter months, things change as we have snow from now till March. Different season = different tasks.
    Let us know what you are keen on doing, and we will see if we have a job for you!

    We have been hosting travellers since 1995 and are so appreciative of the many self-motivated, independent workers providing an honest days work. 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. walk.

    We are on the city bus route so getting to town or the beach is easy - travel into Salmon Arm by E-bus from Vancouver , Kelowna, Kamloops or Calgary - do not attempt to take a cab from a big city as the cost is HUGE = take a bus.

    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 5 min walk, very easy, with views of all of Salmon Arm as well as the vastness of Shuswap Lake.

    We are not far from the gym, Recreation Centre with indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and exercise area. YES - there are Hockey games in town if you want to get a ticket and go.

    The Night Cafe often offers evening music - great little social hub. There are Jazz nights, dances, concerts, coffee houses, cinemas, film festivals, and live theatre. There are 3 pubs, a legion, lots of restaurants, bowling alley, gun club, markets, craft sales, women's walking/hiking club, casino, and 3 not-so-big, not-too-small shopping malls. More details of what there is to do in Salmon Arm, listed below.

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

    Salmon Arm is half way between Vancouver and Calgary and a little more than an hour from Kamloops and Kelowna.

    If you prefer to help 5 days with 2 days off, great. Or, if you prefer to do longer hours to bank time for an extra day off, I am ok with that as long as it is communicated well in advance.

    Let me know your preference (in advance of arriving) and we shall see if it is a fit!!

    We are on the local bus route, you can easily walk to town even though we are quite rural, and .... If you have your own vehicle, there are many surrounding areas for you to explore,

    We are 15 min. from endless cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. We are within 1 to 1.5 hrs of three other ski hills and there is a local bus that does go to the ski hill early in the morning and returning late afternoon. Check it out at skookum ski & cycle.

    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 downstair so you will have access to a full kitchen to prepare your meals also a living room, bathroom, and dining room. When the temperature drops down to minus 10 or more, it can be a bit cool so come with slippers and a sweater to wear. Not too bad at all as during the day you are out and about, and in the evening it can be a bit warmer once we get a fire going in the furnace.

    If you like quiet time, to be close to nature, this is the spot. There are 2.5 bedrooms downstairs and 2 bathrooms. We occasionally have an bnb guest with their own room and bathroom, quite separate from where you will stay.

    Lots of parking space if you are travelling in a van, camper or motorhome.

    Just let us know about all the skills you have and enjoy and I am sure we can find somewhere for you o help.

    If you don't mind, answering the questions below will help us to learn a little about you, and to assist us in planning your experience here with preferred activities, and tasks. Don't feel obligated to answer them all.

    The more we know about you, the better we can customize your experiences here both helping and playing. Some skills are better suited for Summer visits, and some for Winter inside DIY jobs.

    What are your hobbies?
    What tasks do you LOVE to do and what types of help do you not love as much??
    Are you comfortable helping and being alone or do you prefer others around?
    In what areas do you feel experienced and confident doing independently?
    What projects have you accomplished on your own with respect to building and tools you have experience with?
    How would you like to spend your days off?
    Do you have a car or vehicle?
    Do you smoke?
    Do you prefer to do early mornings, or later in the afternoon till evening?
    What would you like to learn about?
    Are you comfortable working in all weather conditions? (no worries, lots of indoor tasks too)
    Is this your first Workaway experience?
    Are you ok with making your own meals?
    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?

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

    During the winter months, workers spend much of their time on their own as we are very busy with other work. We do not want you to come and feel lonely. Many come for the interaction with the family - during the winter this is not always possible. On the other hand, we find there are many workers that enjoy their 'alone' time, and are happy to get out and meet locals, or spend time exploring on their own. We are right next to a Disc Golf Course - so easy to meet people there. Others visit local churches to meet others.
    Of course we will drive you home from the movie theatre when we can, take you out when we go out, and do our best to visit as much as we can, just want to make sure you have a good idea of what to expect when here. If you are looking for free accommodation, don't mind being on your own, and making meals for yourself, getting some of your own groceries, then you will be happy. Come Spring and Summer, it is different as it is not dark outside by 4:30pm, so more interaction and visiting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    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

    We have a piano for those musically inclined, a fire pit outside where we gather with others for evening fires and there are walking, hiking and biking clubs that you can join to explore the area, we are within walking distance to the gym, pool, ice arena, golf course, and town. If you are willing to do maintenance, and taking care of a bike, we are happy to let you use them.

    We do fermenting, canning, drying, and make tinctures and salves but more often in the summer months when fruit and veggies are plentiful

    There are local buses to and from town. If you have your own car, just a 5 min. drive to town (or 45 min walk)

    We are within walking distance to gym, hot tub, pool, exercise rooms, and groceries and 45 min downhill walk to town. Happy to drop you off, if we happen to be going to town. If we are not planning to go to town and you want us to make a special trip to drive you somewhere, then we as you to contribute for fuel. going that way or..... to pick you up --- Remember, we are close to the bus stop to get your to town.
    If you enjoy hiking - you won't run out of trails.

  • Help


    Let us know what you LOVE to do, and what your skills are. something for everyone here. You may have a skill not listed below, that we could consider putting to use. Let us know your ideas.

    Are you a 'handyman' capable of independently taking on do-it-yourself projects?
    Do you love to organize, clean, do household books?
    Can you do any tiling? Can you build anything?

    HANDYMAN: - needs to be confident working on own.
    ~ sanding, staining, preparing deck surface for new vinyl, repairing and painting deck railings (more summer help)
    ~ creative building of an additional shower to accommodate more future workawayers?
    ~ tiling, plumbing, repairing - all kinds of tasks if you have the desire
    ~IF you have carpentry skills and would like to use them, just ask - up for discussion

    If you have the desire, the skills, and experience to do tasks on your own in any area of construction, you will not run out of things to do.

    In summertime there are tasks for inside and outside. During the winter months we really only have work for skilled workers that are capable of working independently on their own without supervision. There is a couple of feet of snow outside so there is little to do outdoors other than shovelling a bit of snow, and bringing in wood. If you are skilled with a chainsaw - then there is more to do. If you are a construction worker, with lots of experience, there is lots to do.

    Depending on which month you arrive, there may be some work available for cleaning, organizing, sorting out closets, boxes, garage clean up. In the summer or spring months, there is much more of a variety of work both inside and out.

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

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Your room is located on the lower-ground-level of the house, with it's own entrance. - ground level - and driveway..... (we are upstairs) . we have 2 rooms - either one or both will be available. One is larger so better for couples, and the other room is smaller. the larger room has a queen bed, smaller room one has a double bed - both have dresser, rocking chair and closet.

    The suite downstairs has a full kitchen for you to prepare your meals, then enjoy quiet time in the living room or snuggled up in your room or, head out to explore! Take a hike, bus, or hitch a ride with me to trails, shopping or the lake. The suite kitchen, living room and dining room may be shared from time to time.
    It is expected that you keep all areas that you use, clean and tidy. Cleaning up areas that you use, are not part of your daily 'workaway hours' but simple being courteous cleaning up after yourself. On your days, or time off, it is expected that you will clean all areas you use, pick up after yourself, clean out your fridge of old food, take out your garbage - anything you would have to do when living on your own.

    Walking trails are plentiful and just across the road, if there is not too much snow or ice. There are more challenging hiking trails just a little further down the road.

    As mentioned, you will have your own kitchen for your own meal creations. We do not supply meat or any dairy products. We will supply some food for you to use, but you will also need to provide your own. We supply rice, oatmeal, canned goods, frozen foods, a dozen eggs a week, potatoes, and limited fresh fruit and veggies.

    If you have any questions or concerns you wish to discuss or offer, please feel free to do so prior to arriving.

  • What else ...

    What else ...


    There is a bus service in town, and the local bus stop is a 5 min. walk from the house. You can 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! Shorter walking distance to groceries, local pub, restaurant, gym, pool/hot tub/steam room, golf course and shooting range,

    search on your computer: - Shuswap Trail Alliance as it has a website with maps of many surrounding trails and group activities.
    For the ladies, there is a hiking group you can walk with search: Shuswap Lady Striders

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

    Tuesdays - Tuesday for $5- movie night, and a local pub after for a drink, just across the street.

    Thursdays Karaoke and free pool at Grindrod pub OR karaoke at Crown and Anchor pub here in Salmon Arm

    the Night Cafe is a fun little cafe/art studio/ food & pizza place that attracts artists and musicians.
    Listen to music, eat pizza, enjoy a beer or glass of wine and make use of their many easels to create beautiful art with
    other artists. A real social hub.
    There is an outdoor patio or air-conditioned seating inside.

    Saturday mornings - local markets, and evenings there are International Films, and documentaries and often other season events to take in - small town - not a ton of action, but some very artistic and cultural experiences to discover.

    Local winery offers a campfire, tables inside and outside, and sometimes music, and a food truck

    If you are a hiker or biker - you will be in paradise - endless trails within walking distance.

    As weather warms Shuswap lake is a great place to relax after a day's work. Start at 7am, be done around lunch, head to the beach or into the forests. If we are not too busy, we are happy to do a drop off and pick up from the beach, or take a bus

    FEW ADDED NOTES, in summary:

    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.
    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.

    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

    Our internet is good, so yes.

  • 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 summertime tenting. We have 2 workaway rooms, one small with a double bed, one large with a queen bed and your own bathroom, Rocking chair for reading, dresser/desk, closet, and bed. You do have access to the suite's kitchen, dining and living room and of course, the great outdoors.

  • 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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