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Parry Sound
All Year: May to Dec.
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1or2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 15049
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: March 19, 2020

Hello Travelers,
We are not Booking helpers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sorry and thankyou for you continued interest. Stay healthy and help flatten the curve of transmissions.
Our home in Parry Sound is 2 hours north of Toronto by car or 3 hours by the Ontario Northland Bus. Alternatively you can try to find a "ride-share" on the internet. Look for someone going to Sudbury and ask to be let off at Parry Sound. I will pick you up at the bus stop.

Georgian Bay is a UNESCO wildlife reserve and is the home of many endangered species. For more information visit; http://www.gb0br.ca
http://www.parktoparktrail.com/ (an amazing trail connecting Parry Sound to Algonquin Park)

Exchange involves 4 hrs per day and you have a private room and 3 meals/day. I provide ingredients and we share preparation and ckean up.
Helpers log their hours and set their own schedule. Many helpers work longer days then plan to take off 1 or 2 days to explore the area or to relax.

There is a pleasant guest room with a double bed and an additional single, high speed wifi and TV & Netflicks The house is on a 1/2 acre wooded lot near the edge of town. It is a short walk to the fitness trails, 3 beaches, the library and the shops of Parry
Meals include poultry, fish, lots of veggies, fruit and whole grains. If Helpers want to provide red meat for themselves that is okay also.

Our water front house/cottage is located on The Britt side of Byng Inlet on Georgian Bay.

We need help at both locations with general maintenance: painting, lawn mowing (riding mower), moving stuff, cleaning, bicycle maintenance, landscaping, cutting trees and removing the stumps, small renovation progects, weed whacking,furniture refinishing, as well as planting, harvesting & preserving veggies.

Helpers who are willing to learn new skills are welcome.
We may travel to both locations as needed and we will teach helpers how to kayak and canoe if weather permits. You may be able to take the sea kayaks for an overnight on the uninhabited islands in Georgian Bay, if you become a competent paddler.

There is swimming, kayaking, canoeing, bicycling,hiking and Geo-cashing, all depending on the season and our location at the time. There is snow shoe trekking and Nordic skiing in winter.
In the summer there are free concerts and holiday events in Parry Sound as well as many other ticketed cultural events

Please note that when helpers are accepted we require a copy of their medical travel insurance and passport ID, by email or when they arrive.





reviews (47)
Helper: Samuel Luca Rufini Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: October 12, 2019
Helping Karen's home was my first Helpx experience during which I learned new... view complete review

Helper: Camille coto Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 1, 2019
I had a great stay at Karen and Reggie's house (her cute dog). I enjoyed my... view complete review

Helper: Carol Lowden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 16, 2019
I stayed with Karen for 10 days, during that time l completed an assortment o... view complete review

Helper: Roberto Alexandre Vasconcelos Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: October 28, 2018
I stayed at Karen’s house amost 2 weeks. Everything was amazing! The experien... view complete review

Helper: Ocsienie Gomar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Indonesia Date: September 20, 2018
Helping at Karen's place was my first HelpX experience, and I'm grateful beca... view complete review

Helper: Tara Austin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 18, 2018
I spent almost 3 weeks at Karen's house in Parry Sound, petsitting for Buddy.... view complete review

Helper: Maurice Schenk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 27, 2018
I stayed almost 3 weeks at Karens house in Parry Sound. It was my first exper... view complete review

Helper: Marie pierre and Thibault Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 5, 2018
We arranged to stay with Karen for two weeks. However on our second day there... view complete review

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Helper: Jack Roberts Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 16, 2017
Was a lovely 10 days staying with Karen we got loads done and was really a ni... view complete review

Helper: Monchee Huo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 7, 2017
Hi, I stayed with Karen, Waverley, and Buddy at Parry Sound and Britt for a... view complete review

Helper: Pierre Besnard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: July 7, 2017
I stayed 2 and a half week at Parry Sound with Karen and her daughter waverle... view complete review

Helper: Yasaman Bahremand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Iran Date: May 7, 2017
I only stayed for a week with Karen and her daughter Waverley. But the experi... view complete review

Helper: Tamara and Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: April 28, 2017
We stayed for about 11 days with Karen in Parry Sound. We had a really nice r... view complete review

Helper: Yanxia he Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: December 13, 2016
I stayed Karen's house 2weeks.This was My second Canada family in Parry sound... view complete review

Helper: Romain EDIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 20, 2016
One week spent with a friend at Karen's place in Parry Sound. We really en... view complete review

Helper: Anja Elsner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 4, 2016
I stayed 2 weeks at Karen´s house in Parry Sound and it was a really impessiv... view complete review

Helper: Sonja Suutari Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: July 16, 2016
I stayed with Karen and her daughter Waverley for two weeks and I learned so ... view complete review

Helper: Florian Paetow Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 20, 2016
I stayed with Karen and Buddy a bit more than two weeks and I am really happy... view complete review

Helper: Maren and Patrick Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 30, 2015
We had a great time with Karen. We spent two weeks at her beautiful house in ... view complete review

Helper: Cecilia and Brian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 3, 2015
Karen is a very dynamic person. We learnt how to restore a shed using tools w... view complete review

Helper: Jan Dinter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 25, 2015
I spent almost two weeks with Karen and had a busy and really good time. I en... view complete review

Helper: Nina Wrede Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 23, 2015
Staying with Karen for almost 3 weeks was an interesting experience. The cott... view complete review

Helper: Corina Vierkorn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 9, 2015
I spent the last three weeks with Karen and her daughter and it was a great f... view complete review

Helper: Elvis EDMOND Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 27, 2015
I stayed with Karen for almost three weeks. It was a great time! I did some w... view complete review

Helper: Romain Navoret Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 29, 2014
I spent about two weeks at Karen's house in Parry Sound. It was a very nice t... view complete review

Helper: Roustan amandine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 27, 2014
Hi everyone ! I spent to weeks with Karen and Buddy in Parry Sound. It was... view complete review

Helper: murayama Ms. Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Japan Date: October 3, 2014
I was so lucky to be there in such a nice season.Because the leaves changing ... view complete review

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Helper: Liz Voth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 30, 2014
I spent a month house sitting and taking care of Buddy and another several we... view complete review

Helper: Claudia Neuer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 21, 2014
Hi everybody, I spent more than four amazing weeks with Karen and her daught... view complete review

Helper: Edouard and Hugo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 9, 2014
We spend 3 weeks at Karen's houses with Karen, Waverley and Buddy the dog. Th... view complete review

Helper: Léoni and Amelie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 24, 2014
Hi everyone! We stayed with Karen and her daughter Waverly for two weeks in ... view complete review

Helper: Christian Thünker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 30, 2013
I spent two weeks at Karen's three houses and it was a very nice time :) I ha... view complete review

Helper: Jessica Stein Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 27, 2013
I stayed by Karen for 2weeks. I felt very comfortable. Karen and Waverley a... view complete review

Helper: Anina and Stefanie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: September 30, 2013
I (Anina) spent exactly 5 weeks at Karen's and it was a instructive and unfor... view complete review

Helper: Ming-ching TSAI Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: September 23, 2013
We stayed one week with Karen, Waverley and Buddy in Parry Sound.It's just so... view complete review

Helper: Kevin ZAFRANY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 20, 2013
I stayed almost five weeks with karen and her daughter. I went at her three ... view complete review

Helper: Roxane Carton Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 26, 2013
I spent a week at Karen's and I enjoyed my stay. Karen is thoughtful. She int... view complete review

Helper: Maxime POTIER Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 25, 2013


Helper: Hector Merino Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 25, 2013
I was with Karen one week, most days in Parry Sound and a couple in Britt. Ka... view complete review

Helper: Gerard and Míriam Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 11, 2013
We stayed at Karen's place in McKellar and in Britt for almost two weeks. Kar... view complete review

Helper: Alexander Pfaff Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 22, 2013
I really enjoyed my stay. I only stayed two weeks but I quote Waverley, it di... view complete review

Helper: Alisa Friederich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 12, 2013
I stayed almost 1 month at Karen's place. It was a great experience. I really... view complete review

Helper: Ninja Welli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 24, 2013
I stayed almost 3 month with Karen, Waverley and Buddy (the Cock-a-poo)and i ... view complete review

Helper: Malte Naethke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 9, 2012
I stayed with my friend at Karen's places for about two weeks and it was a gr... view complete review

Helper: Karina and Wolfgang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: September 5, 2012
We stayed 1 week at Karens Place in Britt (Byng Inlet) and we had a great tim... view complete review

Helper: Margaux DELESTRE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 13, 2012
Me and my friend Joss have passed two weeks with Karen, it was a very good ex... view complete review

Helper: Joschka Johst Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 1, 2012
My friend Malte and I stayed more than one week with Karen and her daughter i... view complete review

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