A Canadian couple have ditched busy city life to live on a colorful off-the-grid float-home and garden they’ve dubbed ‘Freedom Cove’. Wayne Adams and Catherine King created a completely self-sustainable float home consisting of 12 platforms that houses wooden structures, green houses and living spaces all interconnected through a wooden pathway. The magenta and turquoise floating structure, off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, was built in 1992, and the couple, who have two children, live in the home year round.


During winter months, the couple collect rainwater for drinking and in the summer they collect drinking water from a nearby freshwater waterfall across the bay, according to Collective Evolution. They have several greenhouses in which the family grows fruit and vegetables year round. Electricity is supplied to the home through solar panels and photovoltaic energy generators.

The home also has a lighthouse, a myriad of pots filled with plans and flowers, and a collection of art made by its artistic owners, according to Tofino Time. A hen house also used to reside on the structure, but the couple decided to give up on livestock when they realized how many predators had easy access to the hens. The couple told Tofino Time that the floating home they’ve lived in for more than 20 years has been an on-going and ever-changing project since it’s beginning.

Adams and King, who is a former ballerina, live in a lively ecosystem with deer, wolves, otters and numerous coastal birds. One type of animal in particular – 30lb rats – seem to be the couple’s biggest problem. Wayne said that the creatures often gnaw at the foundations of their floating home. But that doesn’t keep the couple from doing the hobbies they love – making art and maintaining their beautiful gardens. Adams is primarily the artist in the family and King gardens.

King did, however, apprentice for Adams in carving and eventually grasped the art and grew to create her own style. Their carvings, which are usually formed out of fossilized ivory and mammoth tusk, but wood and other materials as well, have been displayed in shops and museums across British Columbia.

Many of their carvings and candles are on sale in the town of Tofino, which is about a half-hour boat ride away from their home. King and Adams love visitors and give tours of the home to those who want to learn about the couple’s journey of self-sufficiency.


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