Monday, June 11, 2018

Float Cabin Living: The Series

Wayne and I purchased our float cabin home in 2001 while on a flying camping trip that landed us in Powell River, British Columbia.  That camping trip brought us to a new Canadian home on Powell Lake. It also brought us to life in a new country when we became Canadian Permanent Residents in 2008 and citizenship applicants in 2017.

Wayne and I were both raised in the city and lived in the Los Angeles area. Moving to the small town of Powell River was a big step, living in an off-the-grid float cabin was a huge leap. But it was the best thing we could have ever done.

We get lots of questions about what it's like to live in a float cabin. This series will answer some of the most frequent ones we get. 

  1. Does the cabin move around the lake?
  2. What is the weather like?
  3. What happens during storms?
  4. How do you stay warm?
  5. How do you get power? Propane, Solar, Alternatives
  6. Do you have a telephone, television and the Internet?
  7. How was your cabin built? Float, Cabin
  8. Why did you choose to live in a float cabin?
  9. Can you have a garden?
  10. How can you live in such a small space?
  11. What do you DO with all your time?

People don't always ask about the bathroom, but I'm sure they're thinking about it. And how we handle all of our waste. Most people do. I'll answer all these questions, but I won't try to do it all at once. Each week on Tuesday I'll post a new installment. Stay tuned.

If you can't wait, you can read more of my posts under the topic of Float Cabin Living in the sidebar. You can also visit the PowellRiverBooks.com website to get information about my husband Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series of books. Many include chapters about cabin life and Powell Lake.

If you have other questions, please leave them in the comments section. I always enjoy writing about our life up the lake. -- Margy

18 comments:

  1. I think living in a floating home sounds wonderful!

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    1. It has been great for us. - Margy

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  2. Oh, sounds interesting!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Linda. - Margy

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  3. Every time I see a photo of your float cabin, Margy, I am struck by two things: the beauty of the colours in that first photo, the beauty of the location, plus my own jealousy. Can't help it, either. It's so beautiful up there. So near and yet so far. (Oh, and make that 'struck by three things' if I include the jealousy!) Keep those photos coming. Meanwhile, I suspect Spring is sneaking up faster in BC than it is out here on the prairie, so enjoy!
    Kay

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    1. You know I'll keep those photos coming. I love sharing our float cabin, Powell Lake and Powell River. - Margy

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  4. You have such a lovely place there!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. You've got a great place too, with lot more places to walk. - Margy

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  5. Your stories are so interesting - love the things you share about gardening too.

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    1. Thanks JoAnn. I think growing up in Alaska was pretty exciting too. - Margy

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  6. Shared with Tiny Homes Yukon https://www.facebook.com/groups/452665591474592/ and with YK Tiny Housing Movement https://www.facebook.com/groups/1190107494339295/ Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for sharing my post. - Margy

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  7. I always associate propane with the King of the Hill animated series

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    1. I'm not familiar with the series except for the name. - Margy

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  8. Looking forward to all of this.... (Although I won't have to read the answer to question #12 -- I KNOW what people do with their time when they live in small homes, even ones that don't take as much (human) energy as a float cabin. And even people who don't write books in their 'spare' time ;>)

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    1. I hope you are enjoying the series. You are right, there is always something that needs doing. Sometimes I wonder how I ever fit going to work into the mix. - Margy

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  9. My son attended high school in Manhattan near the Hudson River, and there were many families living full time on River boats moored nearby. It is a different way of life but and enjoyable one for those that chose it. I'm looking forward to reading more about your life there.

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    1. Living on the water isn't for everyone. We do have an advantage over living aboard a boat, our float cabin has more space and is like living in a traditional cabin. - Margy

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