We are always happy to host visiting friends and family, and friends of friends and extended family, along with people keen to lend a hand and learn some things, but there are certainly some things to consider when visiting us at this time.
Please drop us a line and let us know when you would like to visit, and we will be happy to share with you the details of the projects on hand. Also if there are certain areas of interest you have we can help you plan your visit around time when we may be playing in those mediums.
We haven’t built our home yet, and our indoor accommodations are extremely limited as are our indoor amenities, our guests need to be pretty self sufficient on the back 40. We do currently have 2 yurts, that serve many functions for us including full time resilience and an active fiber arts studio. There are a number of tent sites avalable and we have plans to build some additional raised sheltered tent decks, a project we would love some tenters help with. As we live on a mountain side, flat land is hard to come by.
We have a gorgeous outdoor shower house, with hot water on demand, which is part of a grey water cell in the garden. It’s season however so, winter guests have limited access to indoor shower faciliteis. We have a lovely cedar composting outhouse. In our “outdoor kitchen” totally under development we have available a BBQ, and propane cook top, along with a firepit grill. Clean mountain fresh creek water is available from various parts of the property but no sink (as of yet) but that should be up and running early spring 2013. On the days we are working here with our guests we are happy to provide hearty healthy organic vegetarian dinners, but ask that our guests bring along breakfast and lunch fixings which can be easily stowed and prepared. There are of course some exceptions to this, but we aim to minimize the impact of visitors on our tiny kitchen and home space. Essentially prepare for a camping experience with all of the above amenities.
Less is more when it comes to waste. PLEASE DO NOT BRING over packaged items or excessive waste to our land. We aim to minimize our waste foot print and have to haul all of our sites garbage ourselves to a tipping station up valley. We have the best water in the world here so no need to bring disposable water bottles with you!
Unlike the city it is pitch black out here with nothing but moon light to guide us in the evening, so be sure to bring flashlights / headlamps with you. Other handy items may include; rain / snow boots, work gloves, bear bells / spray, rain gear, life jackets (if it’s canoeing season as we go all the time), long underwear if your here in the curb seasons. Remember this is an inland temperate rainforest so it’s WET, be prepaired.
All of our structures are heated with blood sweat and tears, oh and tree’s which we haul and buck and drag down the mountain by hand, so if your staying in the winter and using up wood fuel, consider a shift at the chopping hauling wood stacking station, as a contribution to our “heating bill”!
Your pets, while they may be great on leash in the city, and you may love them to bits, don’t necessary make a good addition to our working farmstead. We have livestock (often free ranging birds and chicks) as well as food and garden systems everywhere, along with working dogs keeping the beasties at bay, we are in a wild life corridor and have frequent visits by deer, coyotes, bears, rabbits, barn cats, reptiles and many birds, all of this makes for some pretty unique challenges your 4 legged friend may not be up for. If you hope to bring your dog along for a visit, PLEASE PLEASE contact us first. Not all dogs are an ideal fit out here, and we would rather not have any of the undue stress on our animals (or us for that matter) when possible. We would recommend a wonderful mountain pet resort locally run by a lovely gal and fellow thread-y, Monique Frog Peak Pet Resort.
Finally access to our land can prove challenging for many city cars! We have a pretty extreme 4×4 road to our upper land and a less sever secondary road which requires a good haul up on foot. If it’s your first time here and if you are arriving in the dark you may want to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up to see where and how you might negotiate your vehicle. Also we can’t accommodate any large RV’s or tow behind campers due to the road challenges. We do have friends close by that may be happy to help us out, or there is the really close by campsite Karibou Park wit RV pads and affordable cabin rentals.
Email us for a map and directions to our place, and keep in mind there is NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION In the valley (and we like it that way!), so you can’t just call when you get close for final route info.
There are a million festivals and fairs in our area, along with a great amount of special interest workshops and classes, live music and events we can help you find more great stuff to do while visiting. For those of you who want to visit but aren’t necessarily up for a camping trip we are really happy to recommend our two favourite B&B’s here; Rabia’s strawbale cottages at the Artful Lodger just down the road and Renata & Dino’s “glamping” Canadiana B&B The Red Snowshoe.
See you Soon!