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Living Off The Grid: The Couple Who Live on Their Own Floating Island

This self-sustaining home in British Columbia will make you want to build your own floating island.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Ever wondered what life would be like if you packed it all in and lived on a remote island in a foreign country? What about if you built that island using your own two hands? That’s what Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59, did with their ‘Freedom Cove,’ a self-sustaining, floating island the couple built off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

The couple started building Freedom Cove back in 1991, and it now includes five greenhouses, a dance floor, an art gallery, a generator shed and a lighthouse that can home any guests visiting the couple. It’s self-sustaining, meaning that the couple can effectively live off the grid all year round.

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The island consists of 12 platforms and connects all of its various structures through a series of walkways, tether together with rope that holds it to the neighboring coastline, ensuring that the couple and their two children don’t float off into the sea. Good plan, Wayne and Catherine.

The couple enjoy careers as artists, with their work being well-respected within their community. They have a studio on the island in which they make carvings and candles that are sold in gift shops around the district of Tofino. We personally wouldn’t have opted for the magenta and turquoise aesthetics that the family are clearly so taken by, but it certainly makes the off-the-grid island stand out in among its lush, green surroundings.

Take a closer look at Freedom Cove in the below gallery: