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Off the Grid on a Homemade Island

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Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor, art gallery and garden. For artists Catherine King and Wayne Adams, this is home: a labor of love 24 years in the making. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/vR6Acb Follow us behind the scenes on Instagram: http://goo.gl/2KABeX Make our acquaintance on Facebook: http://goo.gl/Vn0XIZ Give us a shout on Twitter: http://goo.gl/sY1GLY Come hang with us on Vimeo: http://goo.gl/T0OzjV Visit our world directly: http://www.greatbigstory.com This story is a part of our Human Condition series. Come along and let us connect you to some of the most peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive people in the world. Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in.
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Jason Jung (19 hours ago)
Ron Swanson dream home
Marianne Morales (21 hours ago)
Am I the only one who thought the thumbnail looked like that one episode from Avatar the last Airbender? Where Katara was that water goddess or some shit
Audio Maverick (1 day ago)
Lake doubles as a toilet.
silverbum 36 (2 days ago)
If a zombie apocalypse happen this would be a go to place
Ryan Reed (2 days ago)
1:16 No power tools. Just power.
Ryan Marquez (3 days ago)
Yea they definitely do drugs and there kids dispese them
TheMilkman (3 days ago)
People laugh at this man until the apocalypse hit
Hang The Bankers (4 days ago)
"When I go to town I get land sick." haha
Pine apple Jesus (7 days ago)
How do you buy stuff from amazon oh wait
hansmueller (7 days ago)
But in Winter it must be tough, I guess.
San Diago (7 days ago)
I’d cut your land line and send your crap island out to sea
Kevin PhuckedYuu (7 days ago)
She’s a baddie😍😁
Fuck Off (9 days ago)
Dude, Wayne is so up his own ass it’s obnoxious.”the water *is* our highway” wooooow. “I know every board and nail by name” Okay “when I go into town I get *land*sick*” Just stop, dude, lol
COOL NAN (9 days ago)
That looks beautiful
Clayton Stretch (9 days ago)
wells thats not a island
Maliq Daseuq (9 days ago)
*fishing from the couch in your living room* *Mafia boss lv 1000*
Alka Soli PRODIGAL CREATORS (10 days ago)
Loom kid (11 days ago)
You know he’s got his life sorted when he’s wearing a pair of green crocs
Shevet Levi (12 days ago)
Very cool. At the first scene I thought it was a tiny little village. No surprise that they both look lean and healthy; they both eat the amount they need, not what they want.
Bighaverlegend 69 (12 days ago)
Literally playing raft irl
Conor Corcoran (12 days ago)
It’s not off the grid now
Matt (14 days ago)
TRUMP is still thier President!
Atik Ananto (14 days ago)
She is one of the prettiest old woman I have seen.Grandpa Dude is lucky son of a gun
Kyle Miller (17 days ago)
JacobLZP (19 days ago)
is it public land?
Jozef productions (25 days ago)
Disharth (26 days ago)
When you are so done with humans
Rudster14 (26 days ago)
Wait but how did he afford all the building materials?
Added Sugar (26 days ago)
dirty hippies
John Batcheler (28 days ago)
A D (28 days ago)
It's like he's been writing dad jokes and puns throughout his time on that island thingy.
Hannah R. (29 days ago)
Give it about 5 years, island won’t exist anymore. 10 tops. YAY GLOBAL WARMING
katelyn ast (30 days ago)
When I visited family in Vancouver they let me stay in their float home. It was on a working barge but its a pretty cool way to live.
Derrick Estropia (30 days ago)
Damn envy in fools gold in comparison to what I feel watching this, amazing. California makes you feel like you can never own a house or even if you were creative enough to do this they would just arrest you half way through making the island.
intrusted (1 month ago)
the fuck.
Reno Roof (1 month ago)
What happened to minimalism? The whole island looks like crap, a stain on the river
Rohil Agarwal (1 month ago)
She is so Beautiful 💓
Echecommers (1 month ago)
I think I can finally say I've seen a Gilf
Super Sp1ral (1 month ago)
Why is this my Minecraft base?
carl evans (1 month ago)
How do you have pizza delivered?
Semper fidelis Semper Paratus (1 month ago)
Way to pollute the water with trash
Semper fidelis Semper Paratus (1 month ago)
Not anymore thank you for the video. Am about to bust your lives
linclip (1 month ago)
This is the most hipster thing I've ever seen.
rick hall (1 month ago)
Good luck too these guys there happy with what they got, there not doing any body or anything any harm. They seem to enjoy the solitued and can survive quiet successfuly. It is nice to see people happy and then you get the cmments on here trying to make fun or just call them stupid for enjoying there lives. Shame these people are not happy with there lives. Doe something about it and stop the jelousey vibe.
Five nights at freddy fan (1 month ago)
Minecraft players once they turn 60:
hfasoihdi1ha4 (1 month ago)
I respect what they've done, but don't BS about how you built it. There were a dozen 'power tools' in that shed (Makita, Dewalt, husqvarna tools etc), and a lot of precut and prefabbed timber in there. Clearly running several diesel generators as well.
JACKDAUGH80 (1 month ago)
Outpost in fc 5
Cam Rose (1 month ago)
*This.....is how I wanna live............*
Reverse Card (1 month ago)
Americans : we pay land taxes and whine about it Indonesians : wait, you guys pay taxes?
nihal netha (1 month ago)
Do you ever get sea sick -NO,WHEN I GO TO TOWN I GET LANDSICK
uhavemooface (2 months ago)
Someone stole this video from you.
Diesel Diesel (2 months ago)
Oh that's good honey! That's really nice. I'm workin' on it! i mean yeah chief, ya built her an estate on a crystal clear body of water surrounded by big ol conifers. you're doin a pretty good job
YUup di (2 months ago)
Kinda dumb they get away with that. You know how bad fertilizer is for rivers?? Like we’re is EPA?? There’s no way that we can do that like they can it’s against the law.
Aidan Biggs (2 months ago)
Is civilization were to fall this couple would be fine.
James Beeks (2 months ago)
That’s why they have there own island they’re growing some good ass bud in those greenhouses
The spy Mawsta (2 months ago)
Fishing was always kind of a lazy sport. But when you can go fishing from your bedroom ? Don't get more chilled than that.
jake sully1 (2 months ago)
HER: I feel completely fulfilled. ¿How does that feels?
wesley mapena (2 months ago)
ɯɐʎɥs (2 months ago)
How long does it last. How he pays for maintenance of the the boat 🧐
Stephen Adams (2 months ago)
A pair of scissors and everything is over
Alora (2 months ago)
That women is what I always imagined a willow tree would look like as a person
HOOD BOSS5000 (2 months ago)
They eat mushrooms 🍄 for sure.
Sa Shimi (2 months ago)
Do you really need to underline every interesting footage with that annoying music?
Mr Gunslinger (2 months ago)
So...how much weed was involved?
Jeremias Schmid (2 months ago)
Omg I love this
Savage 1 (2 months ago)
Wow incredible
grimmsterification (2 months ago)
looks like a garbage heap in the middle of beautiful nature, i hate hippies
Ulthar W/thumbs (2 months ago)
What a stupid idea. What do you do if it floods?
Colonel Baby (2 months ago)
Bruh, they made their own floating island and you can only make 2 and a half minutes of content??
fikri jasri (2 months ago)
Living the life
Al_xz (2 months ago)
Do They pay for this? They shouldn’t... Imagine some guy saying you didn’t pay the bills leave the area
Al_xz (2 months ago)
They need to make houses on the mainland and make it your city
Ma Rus (2 months ago)
I want to find MY great big story.
Ruben Englund (3 months ago)
that my grandma and grandpa
HiiighAsAKite (3 months ago)
I couldn't live like this, but it's awesome!
XxSoulFlyxX (3 months ago)
If that was in the US the government would tax them for everything. Hey, you didn't have a building permit on the water, and other stupid things.
mountopian 1 (3 months ago)
But where does your sh!t go?
dial1900 (3 months ago)
"It was a great opportunity to actually move away from the city." Well you kinda just bamboozled yourself because thats a city right there.
Ondrae The Great (3 months ago)
It definitely is not a normal way of living, but it sure as hell is a cool one
ori sky (3 months ago)
0:24 now thats what I call ray tracing
Liam Soccer07 (3 months ago)
I feel like you would see this in red dead redemption 2
BiggeChesseLover48 (3 months ago)
Mans made a mansion for himself and his wife.
Jamie (3 months ago)
introducing the UP spin off movie... *FLOAT*
Pizzahotline ; (3 months ago)
TheChairMaster (3 months ago)
That’s something I’d build in minecraft
theM (3 months ago)
It's the real life Ron from Parks and Rec. It's the real life Ron!
Dustin Bradshaw (3 months ago)
I’m amazed by how beautiful it is.
kurt cobain (3 months ago)
She has a body for such a nice age.
The weird Show (3 months ago)
This would be good for the zombie apocalypse
John Mohlmann (3 months ago)
What is this Minecraft bullshit
Joshua Gonzalez (3 months ago)
Curious how they got power? Assuming a Generator of some sort.
It’s Yah boy (3 months ago)
That’s dope
Sofa85 (3 months ago)
I homemade my own home!
WanQr (3 months ago)
*EVERYBODY GANGSTER* till your house starts floating to the ocean
Kaigaming YT (3 months ago)
ODSP TinyHomes (3 months ago)
I am curious about the legality of it.. I noticed she said they are tied to land not anchored? Does this make it somehow legal to live there? Or are they anchored to a spot of land they rent? I am confused :)
Alex R (3 months ago)
He's the CEO of dad humor
VASHTA NERADA (3 months ago)
So do they own the cove or can you just build on the water
RealZ KSG (3 months ago)
Do you Ever get Sea sick? No, when i got to Town i get 'Land sick'
merlinsdog (3 months ago)
I love it, well done you! Now if only you could fish for chicken & beef from the sofa, you'd be living my dream!