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Lasqueti Island
All Year: maybe
Area (ha): 9.5 (23.6acres)
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 43979
Region: BC, Islands

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Last Updated: August 28, 2019

Come experience life off-grid!

Lasqueti Island is a unique off-grid island with passenger only ferry service and hundreds of feral sheep. It`s a pretty fantastic place, with a great community of rugged, quirky characters and beautiful mossy forests, rocky bluffs, beaches and wetlands for you to explore in your time off, plus (depending on the season and how long you stay), there is the option of going to dance and yoga classes and/or the community sauna 2x/week, plus various fun seasonal community events like ArtsFest, Firefighters Picnic and the Fall Fair. June-September there is a weekly market on Saturdays. We`ve also got lots of great books on hand. The property has a pond (great for swimming in warmer weather) and backs on to public land you can hike through down to the ocean. The island has some of the largest tracts of remaining mature coastal Douglas fir forest and we see deer and feral sheep, (harmless, small) snakes, frogs and toads, eagles, ravens and lots of other birds regularly as well as the occasional river otter, beaver or raccoon.

We keep chickens for eggs and Jordan keeps goats for milk as well as pigs this year. We are keen food gardeners who grow pretty much all our own veggies. This year Hilary is growing extra winter staples to sell to the community. Work is varied and flexible, there's garden work, construction work, firewood, fencing, driveway repair (filling potholes), canning & food preservation, etc. etc. We also love help with cooking. Helping hours can be flexible and adjusted to your interests and abilities. We are busy working away from home several days/week so we prefer helpers who are fairly independent and we encourage helpers to get out in the community and make connections with other islanders. One of our previous helpers spent several days with the island`s resident carver and made a spoon. A large part of the island`s population is made up of aging hippies who need help with firewood, gardening etc so it's quite easy to find a new host for after your stay with us, or even a bit of supplementary paid work. We do enjoy our privacy so have found we prefer to host occasional helpers for a week or two.

This is a remote location. Services on island are very limited (there`s a small grocery store/bakery, a pub, a feed store, the school, the post office, the free store and a small gift shop, that`s it). Cell reception is patchy at best. We have a land-line phone and recently got internet service installed at home, but our plan is limited (there is free wifi "downtown" at the free store, pub and store). Electrical power comes from solar panels with a small gas generator for emergency backup. Bathing facilities are pretty rustic as we don`t have a bathroom yet. There is an outhouse as well as an outdoor tub that can be filled with a hose connected to hot water from the woodstove when it`s running, but it`s not terribly private. You can jump in the pond or ocean or go to the (clothing optional) community sauna which gets fired up 2x/week and has an outdoor shower to rinse off after, or have a cat bath with a pot of water and a washcloth. There are also pay showers at the pub.

The island is great for biking but we are down at the far end of the island from the ferry, about a 20 minute drive / an hour or so bike ride from "downtown" (13km of gravel road with a few hills to climb, nothing impossibly daunting but I usually walk my bike up some of them) Hitch-hiking on island is easy, especially if you time your efforts to coincide with ferry traffic.

We value open communication and clarified expectations. You can check out Hilary's old helper profile here: http://www.helpx.net/profile.asp?usercode=1309848MH

We have a tent trailer which is quite comfortable and private, or there is always the option of staying in a tent. We eat well, mostly organic including free range or wild meat.

See lasqueti.ca for more info about the island. To get here you take a passenger only ferry from French Creek, north of Parksville on Vancouver Island for $11.75 (cash, one way, $10.50 in winter). Note no ferry on Tuesday (or Wednesday in winter).

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