I own an 8-acre property, with a large lavender garden (~700 plants!), 2 large vegetable gardens, a couple of ducks, 5 ponds, lots of sun, a couple of fire pits, and an older home I moved into in late 2020. The property is on Gambier Island - a boat-access-only island (served by regular passenger ferry service) just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Gambier Island is a small community of about 200 year-round residents, growing to about 700 each summer. The majority of the island's population lives on a small peninsula on the island's southwest corner, with much of the island's 18,000 acres remaining wild. There are great swimming spots and hiking trails all over the island, and various coastal wildlife call the island and it's waters home, including deer, eagles, herons, whales, seals, wolves, and more. In the summertime, Gambier Island hosts a weekly 'distributed' farmers market, where residents set up stalls at the end of their driveways and customers wander around the island to buy fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, and other uniquely Gambier merchandise.
There is a 10-minute passenger ferry that runs between the island's New Brighton dock to the Langdale Ferry Terminal, which provides onward service to and from Vancouver. The town of Gibsons, with full services available, is a five minute drive from Langdale. There are no services whatsoever on Gambier Island (other than the Saturday market in the summer) - no restaurants, bars, shops, or anything else.
I am a single male in my mid-40s, with a full-time (mostly) remote desk-job with the University of British Columbia. I grew up in Los Angeles, before spending most of my 20s as a guide leading adventure tours all over North America. I settled in Western Canada, as it's natural beauty called to me, and made the move to rural Gambier Island in late 2020. I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, good conversation with interesting people, and trying new things.
In addition to myself, I have a number of friends who come and go from the property regularly, and may have multiple workawayers here at any given time.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Gambier Island is an incredible hidden gem just outside Vancouver. The island is a mix of rugged outdoorsy-types, artists, musicians, work-from-home professionals, on-island labourers, retired people, and more. People here are resourceful, neighbourly, helpful and generous, but also not afraid of the elements or getting dirty.
Workawayers will participate in various tasks on the property, building knowledge and experience in gardening, landscaping, and other related skills. Depending on timing, there may be the opportunity to help out on building renovations, under the direction of a professional builder. For those looking to improve English language skills, there is no shortage of friendly neighbours looking to chat.
Work required consists of generally of grounds keeping, landscaping, maintenance, gardening, housekeeping. Specific tasks include: mowing, trimming, raking, pruning, chopping wood, moving/hauling materials, light maintenance, gardening, animal care (so far just ducks – but…), harvesting/processing produce, etc.
Workawayers will not provide any assistance in areas where paying rental guests stay, nor will they be involved in any production/processing of produce/goods for sale.
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Accommodation would be in a private bedroom (couples and friends travelling together would be required to share a bedroom), with a semi-private bathroom (possibly shared with other long-term housemate(s) and/or guests/friends of the owner), and shared use of the kitchen and other living space. The kitchen/pantry will generally be fully stocked (pasta, rice, oils and vinegars, canned and dried beans, seeds and nuts, fresh fruit and veggies, protein (both plant- and animal-based), etc.), and the owner will endeavor to provide specific requested items (within reason). Personal hygiene items, toiletries, specialty health-food and/or supplements, junk food, alcohol, and other similar items are not included.
The owner generally will cook most dinners, but each Workawayer should expect to cook dinner one night per week; dinners are mostly eaten together with whoever is in the house, with breakfast and lunch being prepared individually. Anyone staying in the house will be expected to contribute to routine/daily cleaning and house upkeep as in any typical roommate/housemate situation. Overnight/out-of-town visitors are can be accommodated within reason, and should be expected from the owner and/or other housemates from time-to-time. (Safety protocols related to COVID and/or other concerns will be discussed communally among all housemates, if concerns arise. There will be no shared space with rental guests.)
The house has Starlink satellite internet, a great sundeck, and a hot tub (available for use whenever there are no Air b-n-b guests).
Day and/or weekend trips to Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, and Seattle are all within reach - but you may find relaxing on the property and exploring the island more rewarding!
On-island, a vehicle is really not necessary other than getting goods from the dock to the house. However, one can be borrowed from the owner on occasion to get to the beach, a trailhead, or elsewhere. Off the island, there is public transit into the town of Gibsons, and all throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
NOTE - there are no services on Gambier Island. No shops, no restaurants, no pubs, bars, etc.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
The house has reliable high-speed satellite internet, and many quiet corners and private rooms for remote work - however there are no business-centre facilities (fax, printer, scanner, copy machine, etc.)
I love dogs - may have one of my own on the property soon, but as long as yours is friendly, please bring them along if you'd like :)
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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