Family off-grid homestead on a unique island in Canada! Help with day to day living and building on Lasqueti



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    Right now BC is locked down with Travel Bans and fines- I hope that things will open up by the summer that will allow me to host again. Please stay in touch and we can see where things go from there.

    My name is Petra and I have two sons, Trematon and Nicholas and two cats, Thor and Odin. Our life goal is to continue to work on our off-grid 10 acres to become more self sufficient. Our homestead always needs help with new projects or improving existing systems.

    Although we are new to signing up here we have been lucky enough to have had people come to stay from other workaway hosts and decided to actually sign up this year.

    We live part time (away for education) on beautiful Lasqueti Island, one of more rural Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Here you will find an island that lives completely off-grid, no paved roads, no police, strong sense of community, one small convenience store, one bar/restaurant/hotel/gas station all rolled into one, one Free Store, multiple cookie-stands run by the self-serve honor system, an arts center, eccentric characters, feral sheep, billions of stars, gardens galore, houses and structures made in all shapes and forms by all different types of materials. Its an island to learn from, and to share your knowledge.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Lasqueti is a unique island in the Salish Sea that is served by a foot passenger only ferry and is off grid. This setting offers the opportunity to experience daily off grid living in a cultural experience that can only be described as Lasquetian.

  • Help


    Daily work changes depending on the project focus.

    Most of our building work is done by human-power, which means lots of wheel-barrowing, shovel-digging, and log-dragging activities. At the moment we are looking for people that can split firewood with an axe, use a wheelbarrow to move the split firewood, and finally stack the firewood in the designated location.

    We also need help with day to day living which includes help in the house, general maintenance, and gardening-helping to maintain beds, fruit and nut trees.

    Projects for 2021 include firewood, refinishing the cob outhouse, starting to build an extension on a guest cabin, gardening, and landscaping around an expanded pond.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We will provide all the food in exchange for your volunteering.

    There is a small cabin that can host up to 2 couples with a loft bed and a lower bed.

    There are also places to camp.

    There is a beautiful cob outhouse and access to a hot shower in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lasqueti is a unique community full of so many interesting and creative people that are willing to teach and share. It is full of many crafters, musicians, and artists. There is a summer Saturday market, community events and workshops, miles of hiking, swimming, rocky bluffs and the chance to try out canoeing.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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