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Tobermory
All Year: Seasonal May 12-July 30
Area (ha): 0.4
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 27056
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: April 12, 2014

-Greetings!

If you're interested in learning about sustainable building techniques, and construction in general, then please come and learn with us on our beautiful property on the shores of Lake Huron at the tip of the spectacular Bruce Peninsula. We have been living here for 10 years, and slowly working our way up from the prospector's tent that we occuppied when we first arrived. We have built a small cabin (14x20) in which we now live with our 3-year old daughter, Elouise, while we build 'the big house'. The 'big house' is a timber-framed, straw-bale construction that is currently about half-built. Between raising our daughter, and John having a full-time job, the work goes pretty slowly and we could definitely use your help! Work at our place involves all sorts of different construction techniques. If you are an aspiring do-it-yourself builder, this is a great opportunity to make your learning mistakes on our place instead of yours! 2014 will involve a lot of plastering (clay/straw and lime), but also plumbing, wiring, framing, etc.

After work is done, there's lots to explore here. On one side of the property, you can swim, canoe, sail, or walk down the shore of Lake of Lake Huron. On the other, you're in Bruce Peninsula National Park...156 km2 of forest and trails. The small village (and bustling tourist town) of Tobermory is only a 40-minute bike ride away. If you're not feeling ambitious, there's always the hammocks, lake breezes, and wood-fired sauna.

Apart from our building project, our main interests are cooking, music, and the outdoors. At his day job, John is an ecologist at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, and we'd love to show you around some of the hidden gems of this special place.

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