Couple Spends 24 Years Building a Self-Sustaining, Floating Island to Live off the Grid

A labor of love.

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Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada is a man-made, floating island built by Wayne Adams and Catherine King. The couple started building the sustainable, buoyant home together back in 1992, and have been growing and fishing for their own food ever since. Named “Freedom Cove,” the home consists of 12 floating platforms, which include a dance floor, art gallery, studio and even five greenhouses. The settlement has half an acre of land for growing crops, and the couple collects water from a nearby waterfall during summer and rainwater during the winter. Originally powered by an array of 14 solar panels, the couple switched to a generator after they broke down. Take a peek into their unique lifestyle above.

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