I’m Going WWOOF-ing Again…In Ontario

This city girl will be getting down to earth with rural life again as a WWOOF-er on a farm near Ottawa.

This will be my second placement on my Canada travels, organised through the fantastic organisation that is Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF).

The first farm I worked on was located near Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

It was a family-run blueberry farm surrounded by forest and backdropped by mountains.

My initial experience took place near the start of my solo travels in June, around one month in, but this time I am getting towards the end of the trip.

To be completely honest, I was not sure about organising another WWOOF-ing stay in Canada.

Despite my experience being enlightening and enjoyable, it was a lot of hard physical work and I was not sure I had the energy to do this again any time soon.

I enjoyed walking the family dogs at the last farm.

However, after weighing up my options, I decided it would be good to do something enriching and educational in eastern Canada.

Plus, WWOOF-ing is always a fast way of shifting a few pounds and gaining some metabolism-boosting muscle mass.

I actually joked on the farm that it was like being at a fitness bootcamp.

The poses I pulled weeding might as well have been yoga or pilates.

And you most definitely work up a sweat after completing around four hours of farm work a day.

There was also time to explore the local area during my time off.

The trips included hiking amongst ancient trees at Cathedral Grove, visiting waterfalls at Little Qualicum Falls and stopping by the quirky Goats on the Roof attraction at the Old Country Market, Coombs.

But more than anything, I enjoyed meeting interesting people and relished the opportunity to experience a completely different lifestyle, one that is all about sustainable living.

I am looking forward to discovering what my time on the Ontario farm will hold…

Have you ever tried WWOOF-ing? How was your experience?




  1. September 7, 2012 / 05:12

    Hope this will be a good experience for you Alison. Look forward to the posts.

    • September 8, 2012 / 02:23

      Hey Darlene, despite me giving it a good go and trying to cope and be positive despite a number of issues, it was awful and I had to leave today for Toronto (the only bus out of there when I left). I’m going to write a post about it in a few days.

  2. September 10, 2012 / 06:48

    Cool. Hope you enjoy your next time WWOOF-ing! Just read your last WWOOF post and it seems like fun! Hard work, but fun!
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    • September 10, 2012 / 20:04

      Hi Fernando, this time it was awful and I had to leave :-( They stuck me down in a dirty basement with no ventilation and there were other issues as well.

      • September 10, 2012 / 20:20

        Wow, that sucks. I’m sorry. Hope everything’s better now.
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