Two acres of land and a job up for grabs on tiny Canadian island

Are you someone who is looking to live a simpler life, close to nature? Then this could be for you...


the eastern edge of Cape Breton Island

If you're willing to move to Cape Breton, Canada, permanently, The Farmer's Daughter Country Market, in the remote village of Whycocomagh, admits their wages aren't exactly great – but what they can offer a new employee is access to two acres of woodland to put a home on.

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The general store posted an advert on their Facebook page saying "we love our island and what we have begun to create here but we need people.

"Are you someone who is looking to live a simpler life, close to nature, in an area that still believes in community meals and weekly jam sessions? We can't give you big money, but we can give you an awesome life."

As the store's owners explain in the Facebook post, their population is decreasing.

"Corporate development has been seen as the solution in the past but that often comes at the expense of our environment," write Heather and Sandee. "We think there is a better way."

"We think we need to think outside of the box to keep Cape Breton true to its roots. A place where a people live year round and celebrate the beauty that surrounds us in music and stories. Where being a neighbour truly means you talk to everyone in the local co-op."

Having already hired all suitable locals, the store says they're in need of environmentally-conscious people who "take pride in being friendly, helpful, and positive and have skills in the food industry or customer service". And they've already received more than 3,500 applications.

They describe life on their amazing island, home to majestic mountains and the stunning Bras d'Or lake (perfect for kayaking and canoeing, FYI), in great detail in the job advert.

"The question 'who's your father' is still asked when meeting someone new. Teen dances are still held at the school gym every two months. Worship happens inside the church and amongst the mountains. Help us share these traditions with a new group of residents."

And they also discuss the land they have on offer for people who make the move.

"We cannot offer you big money (wages in local small Cape Breton businesses are not high) but we can offer you a great incentive to come and try us out."

snowy fishing village

"One thing our business does have is LOTS of LAND. If you decide this opportunity might fit your dreams and goals for a close to nature and community focused life, then we are willing to offer you 2 acres of woodland where you can immediately set up your tiny house or quaint cabin. Plus give you access to our farmland and other resources we have available."

Sadly though, turns out there might be a *slight* flaw in the plan – Cape Breton doesn't qualify for the Foreign Worker Program, so you can only apply for the job if you can already legally work in Canada.

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