Farmstay in Canada
Enjoy a rural retreat in the Canadian countryside!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: CAFS
Duration: 2-4 weeks
Live and work on a farm in the spectacular Canadian countryside! Help out around a family farm in exchange for room and board, and enjoy an authentic experience in the fresh Canadian air! Farms are located all across Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, French-speaking Quebec or Atlantic Canada. Spend 2-4 weeks in rural Canada and have a farmstay experience you’ll never forget!
- Enjoy an authentic farm experience in the great Canadian outdoors!
- Get accommodation and meals in return for your help on the farm
- Learn new skills as you assist in the running of the farm
- Discover stunning off the beaten track locations
- Improve your French language skills with a placement in French-speaking Quebec!
Get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and retreat into the Canadian countryside on this fantastic farmstay experience. Live and work on a working family farm and discover the stunning natural landscapes of rural Canada. You will help out around the farm in return for room and board, and you will become a part of the family as you settle into life in gorgeous Canada.
Where can I go?
British Columbia - Canada’s westernmost province, this spectacular wilderness is a patchwork of deep forests, soaring mountains and epic coastlines.
Alberta - Discover Alberta, a wonderland of mirror-topped lakes, fairytale mountains and long stretches of open countryside.
Saskatchewan – Gaze out over rippling grasslands as far as the eye can see. These colourful fields stretch on into eternity and are the perfect rural escape!
Ontario – Ontario is home to over 250,000 sparkling lakes! Dotted among sweeping forests and rolling plains, discover these beautiful lakes in the heart of Canada!
French-speaking Quebec – Vast forests, cascading waterfalls and perfect lakes – plus the language of love! Improve your language skills in French-speaking Quebec.
Atlantic Canada – Coastal Canada awaits! Enjoy a rural retreat among cliffs, valleys and beaches on Canada’s East Coast.
What will my farm duties be?
This farmstay program typically requires 15 - 25 hours of work a week. Duties may include gardening, harvesting, fruit-picking, feeding the animals, cleaning/maintenance, and household accommodation duties. There are a variety of different farms to choose from across Canada. The main types of farm available are:
Agricultural farms – Help out growing vegetables and looking after livestock including sheep, cows, pigs, and goats!
Arts/Crafts/Artisanal Food Farms – Assist the production of small handicrafts or small quantities of cheese or other foods
Horticulture Farms – Work the land on farms where fruit and vegetables are grown.
Poultry Farms – Help out on chicken, duck, turkey or goose farms.
When you apply for your placement you will be able to list your preferences for the kind of farm you’d like to live on and where in Canada you’d most like to stay! Our team will then find a placement that best matches your preferences! Please note that is not always possible to meet all your preferences. In this case, the best available placement will be found for you.
What times of year do the farmstays run?
The farmstays run all year round apart from December and January. Please book a minimum of 8 weeks before you intend to arrive in Canada.
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You’ll be given the address and location of your farm before departure, however please wait for your placement to be confirmed before booking flights to the closest airport. An arrival transfer is included, a return transfer is not. Please allow $100- 250 CAD for the return transfer. The cost is usually dependent on how far your placement is from the nearest airport.
All accommodation and meals are included with this placement. Your room and board are provided in return for your work on the farm. You may share with other participants or you may have your own room.
The minimum age for this farmstay programme is 18.
You must be physically able to carry out farm work and you must not have any animal, wild grass or pollen allergies. If you apply for a farmstay in French Canada you must have a lower intermediate level of French as a minimum.
If you wish to work with horses or machinery you must have previous experience.
It is compulsory for all British nationals who travel into Canada by air to obtain an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before they travel. Applications can be made online for a cost of CAD7.
Most eTA applications are approved within a few minutes or hours of submission, although we recommend you apply well in advance in case of any unexpected delays in the process.
An eTA is linked to your passport and allows you to stay in Canada for up to 6 months. Once you have an eTA it is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires (whichever is sooner).
Under the terms of this visa you are permitted to work in return for room and board for up to 4 weeks. If you wish to work any longer you will need to apply for a Working Holiday visa, which allows you to work in Canada for up to 48 weeks.
Step 1: Book your place on the Canada Farmstay programme with a £250 deposit. This booking must be placed a minimum of 8 weeks in advance of your desired travel date to Canada. Your booked start date will be approximate and confirmed during the application process.
Please note: If you wish to be placed with friends, or if you have any special requirements, we will need pre-approval from the local team in Canada. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before you book.
Step 2: We will send you an application form and a Canadian style CV template, and you will need to complete these and return them to us, along with a copy of your passport, and a covering letter. If the in-country team accept you on to the programme you will be required to pay the remaining trip balance at this stage.
Step 3: A farmstay placement will be found for you and you will be sent a letter of invitation. You will also be sent arrival information so you can book your transfer from your arrival city to your wilderness placement location. It is your responsibility to book this in-country transfer, and please let us have your travel transfer details once this is booked.
Please note: The application process for farmstays in Canada can take some time, you will usually receive your placement confirmation 6 weeks after being accepted. We advise you do not book flights until you have had your placement confirmed.
If you choose to cancel after you have been accepted on to the farmstay programme please note that you will not receive any refund including the deposit. If you cancel before we have accepted you on to the programme or if the in-country team do not accept you on to the programme then you will receive a refund of your £250 deposit. Candidates are not permitted to turn down a placement that matches your destination and field preferences as indicated on your application form.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.