In this video, we give you a tour of a yurt that is completely off-grid. The yurt is equipped with a double combustion wood stove for heat, a solar panel to power 1 LED light, and a propane fridge to keep food cool during the summer months. There’s also an outhouse, barbecue and picnic table outside.
This yurt would make a very comfortable tiny house, although we would make a couple of changes to make it more liveable over the long-term, including the addition of an indoor composting toilet, a couch in front of the fireplace, a captains bed with storage underneath (instead of bunk beds), and a more powerful solar system so that we could power more than 1 light.
This yurt is a rental unit in Gatineau Park that can be accessed by snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in Winter, or hiking/cycling in Summer. For more information about renting a yurt in Gatineau Park, visit the NCC website here:
On our third day in Gatineau Park, we ran out of water and melted snow on the wood stove for drinking water. We used the SteriPEN Ultra (that we requested from the company) to sterilize the water, just in case it was contaminated. We didn’t get sick and the SteriPEN was easy to use. We’ll be posting a full video review separately.
We also reached out to Renogy (the company we bought our van’s solar panels from) and asked if they could send us a portable solar kit to test out so that we could charge our camera and iPod batteries while we were off-grid. The 14 Watt, E-Flex portable solar panel and the Drifter battery pack they sent us worked super well and we’ll be posting a full video review separately.
A special thank you to the NCC for allowing us to stay in this yurt in order to film this video, and a big thank you as well to our family and friends who generously loaned us snow shoes, gloves, hats, a sleeping bag, and more to make this adventure possible!
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Mat & Danielle
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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
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