A Couple In Canada Have Lived In Seclusion For 29 Years To Avoid The COVID-19 Pandemic

According to CTV News Canada, the isolation and social distancing caused by the ongoing epidemic has forced many people to learn to love loneliness and rediscover their home, but one couple’s life has barely changed as they have lived in seclusion and escaped the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sixteen kilometers north of Tofino, British Columbia, off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Katherine King and Wayne Adams lived in a floating yard. Known as “Freedom Bay,” it was their favorite, built by hand with recycled and salvaged materials. This has been their home for the past 29 years. The only way to get here is by boat, and Liberty Bay is 25 minutes by boat from the nearest town, with no traffic to worry about.

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It is the size of two urban detached houses, weighs a million pounds and floats freely above the sea. Although there are ropes connecting the yard to the shore, it is not anchored to the bottom of the sea. There are bright magenta buildings and dark blue decorations, and an archway made of whale bones welcomes people. The courtyard has everything one could imagine, and more: a dance floor, an art gallery, a candle factory, four greenhouses, six solar panels and access to a small waterfall that provides an endless stream of water. The couple have even come up with their own waste management system.

If they wanted to, King and Adams could be completely self-sufficient in Liberty Bay without going into town at all. Adams was a sculptor who used elements from nature, such as feathers and bones. Kim is an artist, dancer and naturopathist. Why do they live apart from others? “I wanted to be a successful, wealthy artist who lived in Tofino and had a studio in the wild,” Adams says. “But it didn’t work out. We’d never get our dream house, so we had to do it ourselves.”

The call of nature made their dream come true 29 years ago when they were staying in a friend’s cabin in Cypress Bay when a big storm blew wood into it. Adams and King collected the wood and used it to build the skeleton of a future home. The couple follow their principle of using only recycled or waste materials, many of the parts collected from the town’s loggers and fishermen. Adams would trade art he created for people.

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Before moving to Liberty Bay, the couple lived in an apartment in Tofino. They call moving into nature a “deceleration process.” “We had all kinds of things, like a food processor, an oven,” King recalled. “We gave them away, and we had to cut them off.” They had no choice. At first, there was no electricity or running water. Their daily routine is very different now than it was at Tofino.

“Living here, we can’t order pizza, we can’t just go to the corner store,” King said. “If you want something, you have to make it yourself. Doing these jobs is a constant process of learning, change and growth.” Although they may not have any human neighbors for miles, the couple still have plenty of animal companions. “We have some resident crows here that are part of the family,” Adams said. “We know all the birds here.” “I’ve lived in a big city, and I know what it’s like,” King said. “I really need the peace of the wilderness.”