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This Floating Tiny Cabin is the Perfect Waterfront Getaway Escape

This is the Red River Bunkie in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

The cabin is 2-storeys high, it measures 27′ long x 14′ wide x 18′ tall, and it weighs 12,000 lbs. The structure sits on a raft made that’s made with 11 polyethylene-covered styrofoam floats that provide 32,000 lbs of buoyancy.

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27-ft. Floating Tiny Cabin in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

It has a beautiful living room that is so close to the water, you could almost dive in from the couch!

The massive kitchen has loads of counter space and storage, and there is a bathroom on the main floor and another up in the loft.

The loft has room to stand up in it and space to sleep three people, and the railing is glass so that you can have a view of the water from upstairs.

There are 39 kW of solar panels on the secondary roof, and they generate renewable energy that is sold back to the grid (they don’t power the bunkie directly, but they offset the energy use from the marina and provide a return on the investment on the system).

This river bunkie was designed by Charles Pitcher and built by Jeff Derkinderen and his son Keane.

Take a full tour in the video below!

VIDEO: This Floating Tiny Cabin is the Perfect Waterfront Getaway Escape

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Francine
    March 13, 2021, 5:13 pm

    These are wonderful! My only question is what to do with them in the case of a hurricane/typhoon….

    • James D.
      March 13, 2021, 5:42 pm

      Generally not an issue in Canada, extremely rare for a strong storm to make it that far north… While floating structures have the benefit that they don’t have to worry about flooding because they can rise with the water level and it’s mainly being anchored well enough and having a strong enough structure to handle the strong winds.

      On the higher end, floating homes are built to be pretty resilient and some builders engineer them to even handle up to category 4 or even 5 hurricanes but otherwise most just make sure they have sufficient insurance and if small enough they can move them to a safer location to avoid the risk as there’s usually plenty of warning to take action but larger homes may have to stay put and weather it and then repair the damage, if any…

  • Bob H.
    March 14, 2021, 6:07 am

    Perfect small house full time or weekend getaway. Would not change a thing.

  • David Pedersen
    March 15, 2021, 3:57 am

    I really like these, even though I would paint the walls and ceiling, so it was not all that wood on wood. But that is is a minor detail, which is up to the owner. The layout is perfect and love that it is on the water.

  • Bob H.
    March 15, 2021, 5:12 am

    I agree with the finishes, drywall would give this a clean look.

    • James D.
      March 15, 2021, 7:29 am

      Not very durable, though, and can have more issues than wood in a wet/humid environment. Especially, with salt water and any structure that may flex or vibrate due to movement may also cause cracking over time.

      There’s synthetic plaster products that you can use instead that would be a lot more durable and long lasting, which you could still paint, etc. For that smooth finish…

  • Nanette
    March 16, 2021, 9:27 am

    The tiny floating cabin, Bobcaygeon Ontario, is this a rental or for sale?

    • James D.
      March 16, 2021, 12:05 pm


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