27 YEARS Living Off-Grid on a Self-Built Island Homestead

Freedom Cove is a rare and very special place. It’s a man-made floating island that acts as a homestead, an art installation, and a home to Catherine and Wayne in Tofino, BC, Canada.
The project started with a small float home that was built using wood that had washed ashore after a storm, and since moving into it in 1992, they’ve gradually added new buildings, greenhouses, and an outdoor dance floor to create a fully off-grid, floating homestead where they can grow most of their own food, earn a living as artists, and reduce their environmental footprint.

They have used as much reclaimed material as possible, including the flotation technology that has been discarded from nearby fish farms over the years.

The site where they chose to settle in was chosen specifically because it had a fresh water source above sea level so they could have gravity fed water, and because the cove provided protection from winter storms.

They use a mix of solar panels, a generator, propane and firewood for their various energy needs, and they have a new microbial wastewater system that will allow them to fully purify their waste. Before that, they had a tank that could be emptied in open water like most boats and vessels do.

Catherine King and Wayne Adams are artists and carvers who make beautiful work and showcase some of it in their floating gallery.

If you’d like to visit Freedom Cove in Tofino, BC, you can book a tour with Browning Pass here:

Or you can reach out directly to Catherine and Wayne by email at:

Special thank you to Shane for the good chats and the boat rides!

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

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Mat of Exploring Alternatives

Photo Credits:
Float house construction photos provided by Catherine and Wayne from Freedom Cove

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47 Replies to “27 YEARS Living Off-Grid on a Self-Built Island Homestead”

  1. comic girl

    this is by far the most thought-out and beautiful homestead i have seen. so in awe with nature. incredible 🙂

  2. coinínbán

    i feel bad for obvious pagans creating their own paradise not realising what is to come. a spiritual end to everything we've known. a swirling babylonian pole next to her 'dance' area, a pole of ashteroth.

  3. Joe Schmoe

    They don't care about the large footprint they're leaving on the environment and ecosystems around them? If they truly cared, they would just live in a small tiny home on land.

  4. 346 NYC

    I'm here for the dogs.
    Who else is loving how these dogs make themselves comfortable during the interview
    and fall asleep intermittently? What adorable little pups. Darling little dogs.

  5. paradoxdesigns

    I've seen this place, or something similar back in the 90's while on a trip. Must be scary during a storm!

  6. cecilia preziose

    so can we all live this way, NO, unrealistic……………..nice heliport by the way. Not so off the grid

  7. Maxx Reverie

    Very cool….and very sad. These two people are the perfect example of being self-absorbed. Its all about them, and screw everyone else. Very sad.

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