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Living Off The Grid

From D.I.Y Bullseye

Lasqueti: The Land Dedicated To “Off-Grid” Living

Find out what it really means to live off-the-grid
Lasqueti’s way of life will make you feel like you are stepping back in time.

Many would like to keep this island a trade secret.  They like it that way.There is little to no industry.  Bartering exists & money is not necessary.
There is one pub, one cafe and what is known as “The Free Store.”
The untapped beauty of Lasqueti – lush forests & rippling waters – actually betray the hard, dedicated work that is required for someone to live here.
Residents of Lasqueti have seen many come and go.

The locals say that the majority of people who set their sights on living the free “off-grid” style of life, fail.   Most don’t have the skill set required to survive, so they pack up and leave.
Residents claim that only around 30-40% of people will actually adapt & adjust to Lasqueti.
The engineering of homes in Lasqueti is so impressive that you have to see them to believe it.
One in particular known to locals as the “Earth Ship” will blow you away – turn to the “Electrical power in the conventional sense, would destroy their way of life” – therefore residents of Lasqueti harness solar, wind and, where available, water energy to generate what little power they need.
But the Island is defined, even more, by the colorful cast of character’s all sharing the same mindset.  Like, Al Gainesbower (you’ll see him in the video) who was an engineer in the year 1989, but when he asked his boss if he could have the summer off and his boss said no, Al packed up his things and headed to Lasqueti.
And at 83 years old – He looks good!