Check Out This Self-Sustaining, Man-Made Island That One Couple Calls Home

Wayne Adams and Catherine King are Canadian artists who have spent more than two decades building Freedom Cove, their floating, totally green and off-the-grid sustainable home.

Made up of a dozen floating platforms, it’s located in Cypress Bay in Tofino, British Columbia. From the air, it has the look of an amusement park.

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The Kings have said that Freedom Cove “has allowed them to interact with nature without interfering in it.” They eat what they grow in the garden and catch in the ocean. The place is always evolving. They did have solar panels but those didn’t work out so they moved to a Honda generator. It puts out about 3,000 watts of power, and that keeps the lights on for 12 hours or so. They had chickens in a coop at one point but predators hunted them, so those were discarded.

“We live our life in a manner that, we hope, adds to the health of the environment,” Catherine has said. “We do our best to live conscientiously this way every day.”

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The complex features greenhouses, an art gallery, and a lighthouse—all painted in shades of pink and purple. Everything is made from recycled materials.

Vimeo/Off the Grid on a Homemade Island calls Freedom Cove “a living art project of moving sculpture, plants, walkways and unique buildings.” You can even take a charter boat out to meet Wayne and Catherine.

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They’re used to having visitors. Oddity Central reports they once encountered a 30-pound rat on the premises.

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“We have both done so many things in our lives and we’ve had hard times, so we were well prepared for how different the lifestyle would be out here,” Adams said to The Huffington Post. “It fits us.”

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For more of an inside look at the King’s fascinating home and lifestyle, check out this video.