Monday, 31 August 2015

Living almost off the grid in Huttopia, Lac Monroe Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

We stayed 2 nights (2 adults and 2 kids) in one of these wonderful Huttopia's at Lac Monroe, Quebec Provincial Park near Mont Tremblant, about 3 hours east of  Ottawa Ontario, Canada.

These huts are provided with everything you need to experience life in a Hut ; you only need to bring sleeping bags, food and drinks. You can buy a bundle of Firewood for $7.50 at the Service Centre.

Cost was about $100 per night but well worth it for the adventures and experience of living (almost) off the Grid for 3 days.

They had an outlet with one light and a small fridge. Cooking was on the fire or small propane stove....

I'd love to find one of these Canvas Huts for Sale, so far no luck. Anyone know where I could buy one ?

Beautiful and clean Lake Monroe is perfect for kayak or canoe.

I caught a 3 lb pickerel in the 1st 1/2 hour of fishing.  You can also rent Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards at the Service Centre.

More Information here :

Video from the Lake:

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Visit Nature's Harmony Eco-Village, Mattawa, Ontario

Nature's Harmony Eco-Village near Mattawa Ontario is a wonderful place to get back to Nature and learn how to live a more sustainable, off the grid lifestyle.  Accommodations include, Log cabin, chalet, yurt, glamping tent structure, camping, special Group Rates and more  ....

‘Off-the-grid’ simply means living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on the public utility system. ..... municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas or the hydro grid. Energy supply is provided by eight 120-watt solar panels and a 1000-watt wind turbine

The water source is drawn from a spring-fed well; there is a septic system and heating is provided by woodstoves. There is also a propane furnace that is programmed to come on if the temperature drops below a certain level. Energy is provided by eight 120-watt solar panels and a 1000-watt wind turbine, mounted on a 65-foot tower. The solar and wind energy pass through separate charge controllers which then charge a 24-volt battery system. The energy then passes through an inverter which converts the energy from DC (battery voltage) into 110 watts AC (home power). If the energy demand exceeds the supply from the sun and/or wind, a propane generator automatically kicks in to charge the batteries.

During 2008, Nature’s Harmony received funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation under the Northern Energy Program. Nature’s Harmony was grateful to receive this funding as it allowed us to upgrade the existing energy system to be able to accommodate the increased demands by operating a B&B in our home an to substantially reduce our reliance on the propane generator. In addition, the funding was used to install a basic solar system in one of our cabins. Connection to the outside world is through a satellite internet system. High speed internet and the phone operates using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) through the satellite internet.

"Living off-the-grid isn’t all that much different than living in the city except that we have become much more conscious about our energy consumption. Through this awareness we have discovered many simple ways to conserve on energy and lessen our impact on the environment. Living off-the-grid continually challenges us to think outside the box to find new ways to live more sustainably. You don’t need to live off-the-grid to make a difference. Many of these simple changes can be implemented whether you are off the grid or in the city." - Jen & Tzach Elnekave

Saturday, 20 June 2015

$2 Dollarama Power Bank to charge my phone and tablet

This is how I power my tablet when I'm not near any power Source. 

I charge this $2.00 Dollarama Powerbank (with separate solar panels) and have Free Power all week long!

I charge the Power Bank with a Voltaic Solar back pack I won in a Tiny house design Contest a few years ago.... 

I charge the Solar panels all day then charge the Power Bank and  I have a nice small mobile Charger I can carry with me all day long to charge my phone, tablet, whatever .... Now I need a larger Tesla Version for the house. Same idea. 

I couldn't find the same Dollarama Model online but I found this one on for $9.99  :

iXCC 3200mAH Power Bank - Portable External Battery Charger for Apple, Samsung, Android devices and More 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Prospector's Log Cabin on wheels and Off the Grid

Gino Del-Ciotto is this really interesting Carpenter / Prospector living out in beautiful British Columbia, Canada where he pans for gold along the Tulameen River with his long time Gold Prospecting Partner Maurice.
Gino and Maurice have a Prospecting Adventure Company called  "Nugget Valley Gold Prospecting Adventures" where they take people out on day trips or overnight adventures to pan for gold and platinum along the River.

To make things interesting this year Gino decided to buy a Trailer and convert it into a good old fashioned Prospector's Log Cabin.... on wheels !
This way they can travel between their claims and like a Prospecting Turtle take their "Off-Grid" home with them.

This is the exterior painted black. He could probably use this to heat the water, or some other solar gain purpose.

The Company Logo will be added to the side and be a good draw whenever he's driving through any town in the Okanagan Valley.

This is a photo from one of Gino's Claims along the Tulameen River in British Columbia.

It doesn't get much better than this !

Gino and Maurice also sell the gold, platinum and other gems, including garnets and diamonds they find on their Web Site:  We have bought some of their Gold Pay dirt to practice our panning technique and let me tell you they are filled with Gold !