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Kakwa Ecovillage Cooperative

We were an ecovillage project before we became a Cooperative. After our search and education we knew the a worker cooperative was the ideal ownership model. All hold the land in common, one member/one vote, and the opportunity to encourage private initiative all in one space with the support of the Coop.
The Land

The property is beautifully located on over 1 mile of the Fraser River. Cleared pasture on the river comprises about 100 acres. The balance of the 540 acre site varies between meadows, forests and riparian areas with a number of high benches and hills. There are a number of springs on the property. Buildings include a 4 bedroom Common House, 2 river cabins and a log hay barn.

The Legacy of the Cedar

The interior cedar hemlock forest of the Robson Valley has taken hundreds of years to mature. Stewardship of the watershed and ecosystem is a priority. There are a few stands left on the property. They link with the energy of the remaining cedar of the valley.

Themes and Models

A place in time and a melange of current world influences dedicated to building a sustainable culture: Findhorn, Crystal Waters, The Centre for Alternative Technology, organic farming, consensus decision making, right livelihood, renewable energy, world music, sacred dance, a spiritual path, alternative medicine and education.


Weather has been changing so much globally the old patterns are no longer dependable. As examples the summers of 2003 and 2004 were glorious, hardly any rain, clear, and around 20C on average. September 2004 was the wettest on record. Summer of 2005 was wet, yet the Spring months of April/May 2005 were warm and dry. We actually planted lettuce on April 6th while Sept. 2005 was dry and closer to norm. Our winters have not been severe. We experience our share of snow and ice, but ~ 3 ft of snow max on the ground with a 10 day period of -30C nights would represent the extreme. Lots of -5 to -10C days during the winter. The winter of 2005/06 was the first in living memory that the Fraser River did not freeze over.


All root crops such as beets, potatoes, carrots, leeks, etc as well as cabbages, lettuce, onions, peas,rhubarb, some squash, currants, raspberries, blue berries, gooseberries, huckleberries, apples, sour cherries, and wild hazel nuts do well here. With the extra effort of cold frames, hot beds or greenhouses you can grow tomatoes, peppers, basil, pumpkins, etc.


The design is that all the land will be held in common, through a cooperative. In turn individuals would own their housing through a housing cooperative, even though it might be a single family residence.


The current membership fee is $4000 per voting member. In addition there are 3 budgets an individual or family will participate in: the Ecovillage budget which is constructed annually by all members; their portion of the land cooperative; and their individual house construction and expenses. Additional details are made available by visiting or attending a public meeting.


All members are able to suggest annual workshops which can be a source of individual as well as ecovillage income.


There are no traditional jobs on site. There are potentially substantial incomes available from organic farming production; workshop related accommodations, meals and services; and a wide variety of ecotourism activities. ADSL broadband internet on site lends support to consulting and other types of self employment.


Due to the potential mass chaos of 50 residents and a potential 50 dogs we have a no pet policy. This does not mean we have a no dog or cat policy. The animals we have here are working animals and belong to everyone. We do not permit any domestic animals or wildlife to be chased/hunted on site by humans or animals except when predators are being encouraged to leave areas frequented by humans or livestock. We regularly experience >60 visitors annually from multiple countries often with very small children. Any additional dogs/cats/other welcomed to the community will be subjected to intense scrutiny.

Appreciating the territoriality that dogs often exhibit we maintain a no pet policy for visitors.

How to get here

7 km off the TransCanada Hiway 16 makes us fairly accessible. We are 90 min from a regional airport in Prince George. Via Rail makes stops on site for passengers with reservations. The Walker Creek Forest Rd (our access off of Hiway 16) is maintained year around by the Ministry of Forests. ~ ½ of our private road access is snowplowed in winter by Telus our regional communications company. The balance is the ecovillages responsibility.

Local Community

The small settlement of Dome Creek has a post office, library/community center, and community hall. It can be fairly active in the winter and is ~30 min drive. McBride, the next closest town is ~50 min drive with grocery stores, health food store, hardware, schools, hospital, etc

How do you get 12 year old boys to shovel manure? You make it inspiring...:)