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Farmer and Filmmaker’s Off-Grid Cabin Life, Canadian Castaway Cabin

This is the story of a Canadian farmer and filmmaker’s off-grid cabin life.

He shares his life over on Instagram @canadiancastaway and over on his YouTube Channel, Canadian Castaway where he shows you how he builds, farms, films, and enjoys nature.

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His Off-Grid Cabin Life in Canada, Canadian Castaway

This is the end result of years and years of planning, laboring, and making the cabin better and better.

Another great sunrise from the cabin’s elevated sleeping loft. The tallest point inside the house.

This is the kitchen area, directly under the loft.

Up in the loft, there’s also a workspace.

From down here you can see the bedroom area of the loft which glides right over the living area.

Being able to build a tall cabin like this is so nice because you get to have these tall ceilings.

It feels super spacious, even though it’s a relatively tiny cabin AND you’re under the sleeping loft area.

What a cool place to work on your craft.

A beautiful day in fall.

It’s not like this much of the time, of course.

It gets pretty cold, actually.

So when it is warm and pretty out, it’s highly appreciated.

A lot of work went into building the cabin.

And that, now, I’m sure, is also appreciated.

Look at all of the framing!

The first part of the loft, over the kitchen area.

Having fun while getting work done.


The work goes on and on.


On the inside, even more to do.

It takes a lot of work to finish a cabin build like this. It always takes a lot more work than you originally thought, they always say.

Framing the cabin.

Adding insulation to the cabin…

To make sure it stays nice and warm on those cold winter nights.

Finishing up the insulation…

Living in the cabin before it was even finished.

A full-size cabin built with tiny house style… 🙂

With their favorite people…

The cabin on a smokey day.

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  • Steveo
    December 10, 2020, 9:50 am

    This is the right size, layout and well, pretty much everything. I live near the rocky mountains in Canada and a huge fan, some like lakes, mountains, pretty much whatever suits your fancy.
    This build ticks the right boxes…at least for me.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 10, 2020, 1:27 pm

      That sounds pretty perfect!

  • Jade Williamson
    December 10, 2020, 10:15 am

    This guy is living the dream!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 10, 2020, 1:26 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Claude
    December 10, 2020, 3:24 pm

    Bang on Mister, you did a fantastic job, nice building well designed in a dream place.

  • Sheila Plourde
    December 10, 2020, 5:16 pm

    This I love. Kitchen will definitely do. Looks like they built this properly. It looks big. Solar is a great idea and the snow is beautiful.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 11, 2020, 1:24 pm

      I know lots of people dread snow, but I think it makes everything look better.

      • Eric
        July 18, 2021, 6:07 pm

        Look better, yes. Feel better… Noooooo! rg&dfc

  • David Pedersen
    December 12, 2020, 2:42 am

    I really like the layout. It looks cozy for short holidays. But I am not crazy about all that wood on wood, if you have to live in it full time. It will be too dark.

  • suzanne joffe
    December 21, 2020, 6:51 pm

    I LOVE this place. great layout, spacious feeling, just great.

  • Vanessa Kelly
    December 25, 2020, 4:29 pm

    Beautiful cabin and even more beautiful location. I would love to know the dimensions of this gem.

    • James D.
      January 2, 2021, 3:39 pm

      Says in the video 18’x22’… Front wall is 20′ tall and back wall is 12’…

  • Jennifer Murphy
    January 2, 2021, 1:22 pm

    Where is the bathroom?

    • James D.
      January 2, 2021, 4:15 pm

      It’s one of the two enclosed spaces in the cabin, the other being the mechanical room, that are to the left of the kitchen and under the loft/2nd level area…. Mechanical room is behind the door in the middle and the bathroom is behind the door just before the couch on the far left side that’s under where the loft bed is located…

      Has a DIY water trough converted into a bathtub/shower stall and a regular sink… In the video he states that he doesn’t like having the composting toilet inside. So it’s in the outhouse, behind the cabin…

      Cabin is off-grid but has rain water system, tank is in the main loft area just past the computer desk area, and solar power 12v system, with all the mechanicals in the lower level with pumps, pressure tank, filtration system, plumbing, water heater, batteries for the solar power system, an exterior box contains the propane for the kitchen, etc. So it’ll function as a normal home, aside from the outhouse… It’s also remote but they still have Internet access with a satellite service…

  • Matt J
    February 11, 2021, 4:35 pm

    Did you build the cabin from plans or just out of your head.


  • Ginnie Kozak
    April 27, 2021, 5:43 pm

    No wonder the scenery looked kind of familiar to me–it’s in the Thousand Islands area of Ontario. I lived in nearby Kingston, Ontario for a decade. The cabin design is a good reflection of the local culture and the natural landscape, and the major insulation is absolutely necessary in those cold, damp winters near the St. Lawrence River. Wondering if the builder is a graduate of the Queen’s University film program.

  • Dody Myers
    September 19, 2021, 1:57 pm

    Fabulous! Love the wood feel of the place and it looks so cozy yet spaceous. The kitchen is very functional. I wouldn’t like the outhouse part, it’s not for me. What I do wonder is who/how do you clean that very long woodstove pipe? We have one like that (that goes straight up), but not nearly as long. It needs to be cleaned 2 – 3 times a season. My husband has to get up on the roof to do it and has to wait for the right weather conditions or it is too dangerous. Actually, getting close to 70 and I dont’ think he should be doing it, but he insists on the wood heating. Can’t imagine how you clean one that long.

  • Bill Kubik
    June 30, 2022, 5:40 pm

    Is there a back – u p gas generator? I’d imagine the solar system would struggle with keeping up with elec t rical demand during the winter unless the refrigerator runs on propane.

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