Building, carpentry, Renos, chopping wood, shovelling snow, close to trails, lake & 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! Priorities care given to carpentry skills on own, independent and a self- starter and motivator. Also has other handy skills such as electrician and plumbing

    Need immediate help with lots of different tasks, carpentry, renovations, cleaning, chopping and stacking wood, shovelling snow December till Spring. If you are highly skilled, and can work to create someiing interesting - great.

    If you want some quiet independent time on your own, there is a suite on the lower level, the main house is on upper level. You choose if you want to socialize or take some quiet time in the suite downstairs.

    We are situated on 10 Acres within town, on bus route, and a mere 5 min drive/35min walking distance to town, and endless trails with wilderness all around us. When ski season starts, we are a 15 minute drive to cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and a bus will take you to Silverstar Mountain for downhill.

    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.

    We are in a peaceful rural area surrounded by forests and many hiking and biking trails yet, just a 5 minute drive to downtown, Salmon Arm.

    After your workday there is wilderness all around us to explore, the nearby recreation centre has a pool and gym, and we are also close to bowling, hiking, biking, skiing, mountainous trails ......

    We are in the country yet just a short bus ride to town, 5 minutes by car or you can walk from the house right into town along forested trails the whole way.

    Actually LOTS of trails on our street for walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails that go forever.

    There is a separate kitchen, living room, dining room 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 a couple of others in the morning, evenings, and on weekends.

    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.

    We are within walking distance to the local bus services.
    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

    Two types of stays here:
    1) Host is around full-time and available for fun, guidance, conversation and to drive you to beach 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 bit more time on your own to explore and work, or share time with others here. Ideal for some, not for others.
    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 - to ensure you are happy here when you make contact with us be sure to ask.

  • Help


    WE NEED HELP . . . . . .

    ~ Current project is repairing/almost re-building sundeck which is 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.

    ~ Organizing and giving everything a thorough clean
    ~ Bringing wood in, chopping and stacking
    - Falling trees, only if you have extended experience
    - Lots of snow shovelling when the snow arrives

    ~ Asleep for the winter, will need lots of knowledgable help in the Spring once the snow is gone

    ~ 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 work is shovelling snow, brining wood in and Carpentry work

    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.

    Do you prefer to work on your own independently, or do you like to work with 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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Volunteers pretty much have the lower suite to themselves throughout the day time, a quiet room with access to bathroom/shower. May share this space in evenings with other very quiet guests.

    Otherwise, feel free to spend time with us upstairs in the main living area of our home.

    Food is primarily vegetarian although, should you wish to purchase your own meat to cook or BBQ, feel free. Those wishing to have more time to play in the snow, we can talk about less work hours in exchange for you purchasing your own food, cooking and preparing your own meals.

    When I am working, you will prepare your own food. Otherwise, days when I am not working we will have dinners and lunch together. You will have your own kitchen for breakfast. Basic foods are supplied (treats, snacks, and extras are up to you to purchase) If you prefer to purchase your own food for shorter work hours, just let us know and we can discuss further.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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, and swimming pool; pay a small amount to enjoy all three!

    There are many lovely sandy beaches in and surrounding this town.
    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 salmonarm
    Saturday evenings there are International Films
    also Saturday night Coffee Houses 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.

    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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      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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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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