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Living off the Grid in British Columbia

House off the grid in BC

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

opinion

House off the grid in BC

Living off the Grid in BC: Clayoquot Sound

Visits with people who've unplugged from utilities, seeking self-sufficiency, tranquility, resilience. First in an occasional series.

By Phillip Vannini, 24 Jan 2012


opinion

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Outsmarting the Meter: Off the Grid on Lasqueti

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.

By Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart, 14 Jun 2012


opinion

Brady's Beach

Bamfield's Unlikely Off-Gridders

Jan and Nelson's isolated Vancouver Island refuge is a wonder of self-sufficient recycling. Third in an occasional series.

By Phillip Vannini, 2 Oct 2012


culture

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Ten Things Learned Living Off-grid in Canada

For two years we travelled the country to find off-gridders, and studied their ways of life.

By Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart, 29 Dec 2014


The Single Mom with Five Kids Who Sailed BC’s Edge

Capi Blanchet wrote a boating classic. A new bio charts her stubborn course.

By Crawford Kilian