Live / Work in Robson Valley

Success Stories

There are many great stories of families and individuals who live and work in the Robson Valley. The "Live Work" section of our website highlights industry professionals who could easily live and work in other communities, but choose to be in the Robson Valley for various reasons. We have captured a few of their stories to give you a taste on what life in the Robson Valley is all about.


Welcome Home Gifts and Eatery

An open invitation awaits you to explore McBride and this great business'

A native of Kingston Ontario, Brenda Molendyk has called the Robson Valley Region home for 35 years and counting.After coming west to visit friends the mountains had worked their magic and shesoon planted roots in the Robson Valley.Brenda married, made a life here and raised her kids in the rural settling amongst horses, cats,dogs, and chickens.

Throughout the years Brenda and her husband Dutch have owned and operated many different businesses in the Robson Valley including a logging business, cattle and grocery store. With the kids now grown Brenda has more time to dedicate to her successful gifts and eatery business in McBride “Welcome Home”. Welcome Home is a beautiful addition to McBride's downtownarea and offers unique gifts, home decor, local wares all while enjoying a great beverage and a delicious lunch.Stop by for a cup of locally roasted coffee and support one of McBride’s locally owned and operated businesses.

Location: 284 Main Street, McBride BC

Robson Valley Pet Hostel

Ann Schwartz has been boarding and grooming pets in the Robson Valley Region for 32 years. A registered Vet tech and native of Prince Albert, Sasketchewan she took her love and passion for animals and opened the Robson Valley Pet Hostel on the outskirts of McBride.

Her property hosts 10 outdoor runs with snug dog houses, 8 indoor/outdoor runs, and 2 large exercise yards. Animals are treated like family, it’s not unusual to find a "boarder" in her house or snuggled in for the night. It’s not just dogs, you can find cats, guinea pigs, not to mention the odd turtle and bird.

"I love everything about life in the Robson Valley Region" says Ann. "Great friends, opportunities to grow healthy food, a vibrant arts community. Neighbors helping neighbors."

Our Valley is growing and I hope it continues to do so. It is a great place to raise kids, and also a great place to retire. Life here is top notch!

Check out Ann's blog for stories and adventures about running a pet hostel in the Valley.
Visit for information on the hostel.

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Daryl Polyk

Daryl is a software developer, originally from Prince George, he decided to look at moving to a more relaxed environment. His job allows him to live and work anywhere, and he loves the outdoor, mountain, lifestyle. After looking throughout many of the mountain communities Daryl chose the Robson Valley. This is Daryl's story...