Phillip Vannini travels the province communing with people who seek extreme versions of do-it-yourself independence. Vannini is Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography and Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He is author/editor of nine books, including Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast (Routledge, 2012). His off-the-grids blog can be found here.
In This Series
Visits with people who've unplugged from utilities, seeking self-sufficiency, tranquility, resilience. First in an occasional series.
Life on this Gulf Island means saying no to BC Ferries, BC Hydro, and a lot of other infrastructure we take for granted. Second in an occasional series.
Jan and Nelson's isolated Vancouver Island refuge is a wonder of self-sufficient recycling. Third in an occasional series.
For two years we travelled the country to find off-gridders, and studied their ways of life.