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Port Renfrew
All Year: maybe
Area (ha): 160 acres or 65 hectares
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 24260
Region: Vancouver Island

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Last Updated: March 20, 2020


Due to the Covid-19, we are close for now (until further notice) and we are not longer accepting Helpers.

Hi, we are be looking for helpers for our 2020 season! We transitioned a couple of years ago to all helpers (4-8 at a time) and it was a wonderful experience for everybody. (see our helper reviews) Hosting people from around the world, drawing on their talents and teaching ours (cooking, building...) This year we will work on upgrading the yurts and rooms, there will be a lot of fixing, painting, building, cleaning in spring.
We do tip sharing and there is a possibility for some paid hours after the 25 helpx hours we ask in exchange for room and board depending on how many helpers we have and how busy we are.
Typically after breakfast, everyone helps flip rooms for so this gets done around noon. We don`t serve lunch to guests so we either work on projects or go explore the area. Helpers take turns helping with breakfast and dinner service and we often need help preparing for breakfast dinner. Preference for kitchen help is given to those with better knife skills and experience.
We are looking for people who can help us clean units and do some kitchen clean up after breakfast and dinner service, help cook etc. there is also yard work and other general duties. We always also always have some kind of interesting project on the go. In the past they have included building a tiny house, yurts, large art/landscape installations and working on some driftwood arts/crafts.
Our short term goal this year is finishing touches to upgrade all our units one by one. Our long-range goal is to become more self-sufficient and environmentally friendly in our operation.
We ask for 25 hrs. a week in exchange we would supply lodging and 3 meals. We have a recently renovated staff area renovated, communal staff kitchen and three bedrooms (one to two people per room). The staff area has a couple of shared bathrooms, Wi-Fi, satellite TV and projection screen. Couples have their own bedroom and singles may or may not need to share with one other person. They are on a first come first serve basis. We have been having a busy year so far and all of our helpers have been very happy and had a great experience. On days off we try and organize "out trips" hiking and have lots of camping gear to really get out there which Helpers are welcome to borrow.
With 160 private acres bordering Provincial Park lands our view shows very few signs of civilization making it a great site to see wildlife viewing and get away from it all while only a 5-minute drive to “downtown” Port Renfrew.
We are just a two-hour scenic drive from either Victoria along Hwy 14 or Nanaimo along the newly completed Pacific Rim Circle Route. Enjoy the scenery or take a hike along the way.
Being in a fairly remote location it is important for those interested to be a bit self-entertaining. If you are used to living in the city it can be a big change. For those who like the outdoors and are not big on crowds it is great but if you enjoy night life and going out on the town you may find yourself getting bored. Having a mode of transportation would be of great use or at least a valid drivers license. We are at the end of a two Km gravel driveway with a 200m elevation so walking around gets a bit challenging unless you can be content with hanging around up at the lodge with some opportunities to explore the area dependent on our comings and goings up and down the hill. Happy Travels!

reviews (31)
Helper: Ludivine Ferri Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 25, 2019
I stayed one month on Soule Creek Lodge and it was an amazing month. The en... view complete review

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Helper: Myriam Chiheb Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 20, 2019
I stayed 1 month in this wonderful place and it was really hard to leave ! I ... view complete review

Helper: Charlotte lecomte Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 6, 2019
This is a great place to stay, probably the best on the island. I had a wonde... view complete review

Helper: Happ8le JEREMY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 25, 2019
April 2019 Where To start..... I stayed 1 month with Jon, Tim and with the ... view complete review

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Helper: Shelby Marshall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 27, 2018
Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I would highly recommend a stay with ... view complete review

Helper: Sarah Harant Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 21, 2018
I came to Soule Creek Lodge with no high expectations and left it with lots o... view complete review

Helper: Manon Pointeaux Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 30, 2018
Where to start ? I spent 5 amazing weeks here! Jon, Tim and the team are so... view complete review

Helper: Maxime and Marine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 12, 2018
What a wonderfull experience ! and what a lovely place ! Jon and Tim was very... view complete review

Helper: Gabriela and Joanna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: May 2, 2018
That was awesome experience. We spent more than month at the Soule Creek Lodg... view complete review

Helper: Christina Zimmer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 2, 2017
I staid at the lodge this summer for two weeks. It was my first experience wi... view complete review

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Helper: Leslie Magallon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: September 29, 2017
I stayed for 3 weeks there, and I met a lot of wonderful people, I had the ch... view complete review

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Helper: Caroline Boehme Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 25, 2017
Although I was staying just a bid more than two weeks with Jon, Tim and all t... view complete review

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Helper: Amela Mela Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Bosnia and Herzegovina Date: June 14, 2017
Dear Jon and Tim, Thank you very much for the great time at your place. ... view complete review

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Helper: Tamina Söll Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 30, 2017
This place is just amazing. I'm so glad I went there. If you like the natur... view complete review

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Helper: Ian Byrne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: March 21, 2017
I really can't say enough great things about Soule Creek and the people there... view complete review

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Helper: Thomas and Magdalena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 8, 2017
**We stayed with Jon and Tim a while ago in summer, before we've even got an ... view complete review

Helper: Maria Fernanda and Victor Abimael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: December 15, 2016
Definetly the best place we've been; it was our first experience doing Helpx ... view complete review

Helper: Agnes and Pierrot Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 20, 2016
It was our first experience and what an experience! Super friendly and kind p... view complete review

Helper: Celine JACOB Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 25, 2016
It was a fantastic 5 weeks of helpx experience in Soule Creek. The beginning ... view complete review

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Helper: Nóra Petneházy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: August 17, 2016
It was a fantastic experience in Soule Creek. I felt like home, the job was t... view complete review

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Helper: Karen Sturm Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 8, 2016
What an amazing time it was! This was my first experience with HelpX and I co... view complete review

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Helper: Geoffrey and Noëmie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 31, 2015
We stayed a month at soul creek lodge with tim and Jon and other helper. It'... view complete review

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Helper: Judy Chang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 5, 2015
It's my first helpx experience and I am really glad that I have met Tim and J... view complete review

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Helper: Katie Pickering Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 26, 2015
A must do for Vancouver island! I stayed with Jon and Tim for a month and it ... view complete review

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Helper: Raphaelle and Spencer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: September 5, 2015
What a beautiful place Tim & Jon built over the years! It truly is a labor of... view complete review

Helper: Ruth and Peter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 7, 2015
Had a wonderful time here with Jon and Tim. Great setting, loved our yurt an... view complete review

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Helper: Sophie and Chris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 24, 2015
We stayed with Tim and Jon for just over 3 weeks and had a great time. They... view complete review

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Helper: Victoria Olivier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: July 10, 2015
I stayed with Jon and Tim one month. It was a great first HelpX experience. T... view complete review

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Helper: Samuel Veneau Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 16, 2015
It took me a while to write a review about my stay in Soule creek lodge but I... view complete review

Helper: Leona Dotterweich Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 10, 2015
In one word: AWESOME :) I stayed with Jon and Tim for four weeks and enjoy... view complete review

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Helper: Roy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: March 28, 2014
Amazing stay! Hm where do I start? Jon and Tim are awesome people. They are... view complete review

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