Wayne and I have chosen to live where we are surrounded by nature.
We've always been outdoors kind of people. We met each other on a flying camping trip to Canada and have gone on many adventures since.
In 2000, we stopped at the Powell River airport for fuel and an overnight stay. We fell in love with the area, so we returned the following summer and discovered floating cabin. We knew immediately it was where we wanted to live.
One of the main draws was the opportunity to live a simple, off-the-grid lifestyle. Off-the-grid is typically defined as living away from public utilities, especially electricity.
The cabin came with propane as a power source for lights, refrigeration and cooking, and a woodstove for heat.
A hand pump at the kitchen sink brings water into the cabin with just a few pumps of the handle.
Because we wanted to have some electricity for cell phones, computers, lights and a few small appliances (think shaver, spice grinder, radio), we installed a solar panel and two batteries. Over time, that has grown to three panels and two sets of 8 batteries.
To augment our solar power we added a wind generator, but we only create power during stormy weather.
During winter we periodically recharge our batteries with a 1000 watt fuel efficient generator that's fairly quiet.
When we purchased our cabin we started with an outhouse that was three flights of stairs up the cliff.
When started living here full time we upgraded to a compost toilet and added a bathroom onto the cabin.
Off the grid living isn't for everyone, but for us it's the perfect choice.
Want to know more about float cabin living? Wayne's written a book: Off the Grid the Grid: British Columbia Stories. It includes stories about how we do off-the-grid living on Powell Lake in Coastal BC. It's available in print and e-book formats at Amazon.com and other online booksellers. -- Margy