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Parry Sound
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.3 acres
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 24085
Region: Ontario

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Last Updated: April 19, 2019


BC is not the only place with Great Scenery and there is a lot less rain here. Hope you will give us a chance to show you what we are talking about.

We live on an unspoiled pristine lake in a wilderness forest area in northern Ontario Canada and are looking for a guy who is a motivated "Volunteer Visitor" who is an easy-going self starter and does not smoke and eats regular food.

The opportunity we offer would be ideal for someone who loves the tranquil setting of a lakeside home surrounded by hundreds of square miles of protected forest and enjoys being in and on the water (or would like to experience "the land of ice and snow" in winter). For continuity, we prefer long term visitors. We now have an opening for a visitor to start in September, 2019. (We plan to keep hosting here forever)

ALSO, If you are planning to visit Toronto, any time you can speak to us about staying at our Toronto home for about half the price of a hostel.

We do not run a farm but rather make our living by renting out a second cottage that we own on the same lake which is available year round.

After developing our properties for 31 years working on weekends and holidays, my wife and I started living here full time and running our little business starting in 2001.

I need to find someone who would enjoy the easy pace of country living for free, in exchange for being the "extra pair of hands" that we need from time to time - helping in the kitchen, bailing boats (or clearing snow off the stairs in winter), helping with the reservation desk, moving firewood, holding the other end of the board for some little building project etc.

Sharing our home is not new to us. We have been hiring very exceptional high school students to help out every summer for 37 years (and they are all still part of our ever growing extended family – once family – always family).

Now we have had back-to-back HelpX visitors year round since October 2013 and have very much enjoyed the experience.

We offer a private room and sharing of all other facilities including natural wood-fired sauna, hot tub, boats, free wi-fi, satellite TV etc.

Reading the testimonials below will give you a very good idea of what it is like to be a visitor here.

Although we live in the middle of several hundred square miles of protected forest, we do have all modern conveniences (new forced air gas furnace etc.) and great roads and the lake is totally awesome.


reviews (11)
Helper: Tom Kostalas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 30, 2018
I stayed with Bob from 23rd of May to 23rd of August, and it was my first Hel... view complete review

Helper: Joel MacDougall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 29, 2018
I accepted Bob's invite to work at his cottage property for the time frame of... view complete review

Helper: Friedemann Schestag Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 28, 2017
In February I had the privilege to spend 3 weeks at Bob’s cottage at Lake Kaw... view complete review

Helper: Jan-Lukas Huhn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 13, 2017
Bob was my first ever helpx host and I do not think that I could have found a... view complete review

Helper: Quentin Deregnaucourt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 4, 2017
Bob is such a good guy, really helpful and generous. We have started to spea... view complete review

Helper: Moritz Vosteen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 29, 2016
I stayed with Bob for 6 weeks at the end of spring.  He is a really nice and ... view complete review

Helper: Guillaume Arhant Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 15, 2015
I spent one month with Bob during the fall (October-November). Summer was gon... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Perkins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 1, 2015
I spent july and august at Bob's and it was an experience that I would recomm... view complete review

Helper: Fabian Hawer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 20, 2015
This place is awesome!! I stayed with Bob and his daughter, Karen and some... view complete review

Helper: Rémi Dosdat Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 29, 2015
I spent about 2 months at Bob's place and it was a great time ! The life at t... view complete review

Helper: Armand Buchart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: February 28, 2015
I stayed 6 weeks with Bob and his daughter, and I had a wonderful time with t... view complete review

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