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Off the Grid on a Homemade Island

Off the Grid on a Homemade Island


(bright music) – [Wayne] Thank you very much. (Catherine laughs) – I’m Catherine, and
this is my husband Wayne. – I’m Wayne, and welcome to Freedom Cove. We live in a secluded cove. The only options we have
to get here is by water. There are no road accesses. The water is our highway. – [Catherine] Everything that you see here in our home is floating. We are tied to shore with lines. We are not anchored. We have our main living house, we have the dance floor,
the lighthouse building, four greenhouses. As I started to grow the
garden and make it larger, then we had to have more
space for that garden. – Everything’s done with
a handsaw and hammer. No power tools. I know every board and nail by name. It’s about 500 tons. A million pounds that I’m floating. I’ve been building tree
forts since I was seven. And I said, “Well, Dad, “I’m putting a tree fort in the ocean.” No, when I go to town I get landsick. – Mm-hmm. – The thing about living
in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island is it’s the richest biomass on Earth, so the opportunity to
fish for dinner is big. I just get in my canoe and paddle out, in 10 minutes I can catch a fish. But when it’s windy and
too rough out there, I can lay on the couch
and fish out of the house. I was hoping to make a lot
more money as an artist, so subsistence living
was our only opportunity to have anything as artists. We could never buy real estate, so we had to make our own. It was a great opportunity to actually move away from the city, to see if we could prosper out here. Now 24 years later, we’re still doing it. – I can’t imagine living any other way. I feel completely fulfilled. – (laughs) That’s good, hon. (Catherine laughs) That’s really nice. I’m working on it. (bright music)

100 thoughts on “Off the Grid on a Homemade Island”

  1. He made that island? How the..
    Really though it’s quite an achievement!! And a wonderful life, I’m glad they are both happy

  2. This is like living a cottage style life all the time, I can’t imagine how nice it must be. Couldn’t have picked a better place to do it as well, B.C has a very stable climate where there’s no harsh winters or blazing summers.

  3. Not to be a kill joy but.. just because it's remote and off grid doesn't mean it's sustainable. It's a lot of space for 2 people , if everyone had a 500T floating house/island with a dance floor and lighthouse then the world would be in a worse state than it is now lol Still, fair play for growing their own and they obviously have a deep connection with nature

  4. I live on Vancouver Island.

    Housing here is ridiculous, and you guys are living exactly the way I wish I could here. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  5. This IS THE FUTURE WORLDS. where people are tired of following idiots politicians muppet lead by morons as true owmers and billions of people who just won't challenge the so called government

  6. In my hometown, on the river, there is an island that is home to a bunch of homeless by choice hippies… but they’re nowhere near as put together as these two!

  7. A giant pile of floating garbage. What is going to happen when they die? Are the canadian tax payers going to have to pay to clean it up or is it best to just punch it out to sea?

  8. Two things, this is not legal first of all. Secondly, lets say the govt lets them get away tax free and lets them live free haha sarcasm….but what happens when they die. This huge pile of waste just sits there, who maintains and who cleans it up? This video is prob the dumbest thing I've seen, you just drew unwanted attention to yourself.

  9. This is all great until your health fails and you become frail. Dr's & Nurses cannot get to you or god forbid you need a nursing home

  10. Where do they shit? I know they must have a toilet but where does the shit go? In the lake?
    Can anyone tell?

  11. So what is their home address if their friends and family wants to write letters to them? Floating House, Lake Drive, Canada?

  12. If you ever need a live in cleaner/ helper/worker/company then by all means know that i am am your guy!!!

  13. Um pot heads that learned that the citys are over run by stankass black savages.that will get you boat..where are you again? Gd dumb asses

  14. If you try to be “normal” your whole life you’ll end up as a pawn living for someone else’s agenda. Be your own person and perform your own actions 💯

  15. Would recommend the BBC's Where the wild man are with Ben Fogle. This couple are in one episode and many more "like" them 🙂

  16. I was ok until she showed their inner psycho by pointing out "the dance floor". I would've liked more info to know how they got electricity for that stove and light over it. I can assume solar or wind power but ?.

  17. They forgot to mention that you prob need a good $200k to build all this shit. So you gotta be packing before even thinking it. Us low to mid class cant do it.

  18. Y'all need a renter/company? I don't know how to do anything with my hands but I'm a good darn accountant….should count for something, right?

  19. This couple is amazing… Still behind the finished product ALOT of hard work, challenges plus failures and rising above the failures and challenges…this amazing Island and lifestyle of theirs didn't come easy.

  20. Someone needs to hire this man and his wife I’m looking a developers, architects, designers and gardeners the possibility’s with that couple is endless they definitely deserve some more recognition for this !!!!!! Huge

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