Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

By Tara Dodrill

Couple's Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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May 19, 2017

A Canadian couple is celebrating 25 years living off-grid – and they don’t even live on land … or on a boat, either.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King built an entire floating homestead they lovingly refer to as “Freedom Cove,” just off Vancouver Island.

“Thank-you,” is how Wayne responds when told by a land-loving grid person that he and his wife do not live a “normal” life.

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Freedom Cove is tied to shore with lines but not anchored. It boasts an artist studio, four greenhouses, boat garage, ample living space for two, a lighthouse, and even a dance floor.

The floating homestead weighs about 500 tons and was built entirely by hand; no power tools were used. The couple never gets seasick – but they do feel “landsick” during their excursions to shore.

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As it is with most homesteading families, the journey to creating, maintaining and sustaining the eclectic Freedom Cove was a “learn by doing” experience.

“Both Wayne and I, once we decided this is what we wanted to do, we just did it. We really didn’t think about the hardships; we just did it,” Catherine says.

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They engage in many of the same traditional activities of other homesteaders. They have an extensive garden that provides three healthy meals a day; they grow their harvest in pots on their floating labyrinth. Catherine is a vegetarian but Wayne loves to fish and calls the Vancouver Island waterway the “richest biomass on Earth.”

Couple's Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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The waters flowing around Vancouver Island are their “highway.” Wayne and Catherine travel to town only once every two weeks for essentials – Click to see the original article