Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Off-Grid Cabin on 38 acres only $ 69,900, near Bancroft, Ontario Canada

Year round access, paved road and 1731 feet on Esson Creek ! 38 well treed acres adjacent to Crown Land. Property features 1 existing Timber cabin. Great get-a-way property! Perfect for an Off-grid home and or village on 38 acres of land, near Bancroft Ontario, north of Kingston.

Current Price $ 69,900

This could be a great Crowd-Funded Opportunity for an Off-Grid Village. Consider the following....

Kawartha Lakes - Algonquin Park Region - Off the Grid : 

38 acres of beautiful Eastern Conifer Forest .....   

For $ 2,000,  38 Off-Griders get 1 acre of land each to plan and build their own Timber, Stone or Canvas Teepee dwelling completely off the Grid. Winter heating could be provided via Central geothermal and micro-hydro from the adjacent stream. 

If you are interested please email me at:

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Living way off the grid in a Tall Ship ! The Peacemaker

So we visited the Tall Ships in Brockville Ontario last weekend (June 14-16) and my absolute favorite boat was the 150' long Peacemaker. You can learn more about this boat on their web site here :

While touring this beautiful ship made entirely of worn-smooth and varnished wood I got to thinking what a wonderful way to spend one's life. Aboard a beautifully crafted ship completely Off the Grid. For Electrical and other energy consumption requirements many of these boats use Solar panels and wind Turbine and I started to think why not also hydro-electric ? The sails ensure the boat sails at a fair clip through the seas, why not convert some of that energy into electricity that can be used to trickle charge batteries to power refrigerators, laptops, ovens etc ? Maybe this is already being done. I need to investigate further. What do you think ?

Presently, the Peacemaker is used to travel between the communities of the Twelve Tribes while providing an apprenticeship program for their youth in sailing,seamanshipnavigation, and boat maintenance.
The ship has a United States Coast Guard attraction vessel permit and is available for festivals and dockside hospitality events.  

The Peacemaker is taking part in the Tall Ships™ 1812 Tour, which is a pan provincial event that will travel throughout Ontario during the summer of 2013, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. 16 ports will participate in this event which is produced in partnership with the Tall Ships Challenge™ Great Lakes 2013 series. The first port of call for the tour will be Brockville, Ontario, June 14-16, 2013

The Peacemaker was built on a riverbank in southern Brazil by an Italian family of boat builders, using traditional methods and the finest tropical hardwoods. The ship which was launched in 1989 was intended to be a private yacht for the family of a Brazilian industrialist. After a short voyage in the Caribbean, the ship was docked in Savannah, Georgia where it languished until purchased by Peacemaker Marine and began life as a sail training vessel and a seagoing representation of the group’s desire to encourage Peace and Unity around the world..

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Living off the Grid in Upper Canada Village. This is how it's done !

We visited Upper Canada Village today, a beautiful 17th Century village along the St Lawrence River east of Kingston Ontario. What an amazing place, stone and timber homes and shops totally off the grid.

"Traditional farming techniques are demonstrated through the growing of heritage vegetables and raising of heritage livestock breeds. 

Ornamental gardens throughout the village feature flora fashionable in the late Victorian era. Weavers, spinners and dressmakers demonstrate traditional handiwork. 

Aspects of late 19th-century social life, music, religion and politics are discussed and demonstrated by knowledgeable staff dressed in clothing of the period. 

Also offered are educational camp programs allowing children to experience everyday life in 1860s Canada."    Visit here :

Upper Canada Village Cook's Tavern

Upper Canada  Village School house.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Tesla and Airstream need to get together and build a Solar-Electric Camper Car

Solar Powered Camper Car Concept. For the ultimate Offgrid Living experience, I would combine the incredible Electric car battery technology of the Tesla car, the brilliant compact interior design of the Airstream and the latest Flexible Solar Technology. It's just around the corner.... Let me know if you are interested in this Concept !

Monday, 10 June 2013

OFF THE GRID from San Francisco to Vermont.

A message from Rob Greenfield :
Hello fellow off the gridders!
I am currently cycling OFF THE GRID  from San Francisco to Vermont. I'm halfway through my 103 day trip and haven't turned ...on a light switch, taken a hot shower, used water from on the grid, etc.
This 4,500 mile ride is an off the grid, solar powered, zero waste, eat organic, pure water, shop local and sustainable, seed planting, composting adventure! And it's bound to entertain, educate, and inspire!

Check it out at: