Farming is a challenging business. The success of a farm is dependent on good weather, requires large capital investments, has a seasonal cash flow, and influenced by global economic and political forces; much like the short-term vacation rental industry. British Columbian farmers face the additional challenge and opportunity of extremely desirable and expensive farmland.
Many BC farmers look to increase and diversify their revenues by offering short-term tourist accommodations. By offering overnight stays, farmers receive both revenues from the bookings, and direct contact with the food lovers that enjoy. This creates a unique opportunity to sell a plethora of local farm products. The guests that stay on the farm enjoy a unique educational culinary experience that is only possible by getting their hands dirty and meeting their food.
The British Columbia Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) governs and protects the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) or farmland in BC. Many of the regulations are complicated and confusing. The ALC wants to prevent hotels and motels from taking up fertile farmland. New laws even regulate the removal of soil or fill. If needed, Lifty Life Hospitality can provide a simple overview, along with some helpful marketing suggestions. Your local municipality may have further bylaws and regulations. We strongly encourage you to read the ALR regulations, your local municipal bylaws, and seek professional help if you are interested in starting an Airbnb on BC farmland.