Hand made with love by owners Andy, Liz, pupster Nina, and a whole bunch of friends, family and volunteers,
Out There was dreamed up from a desire to jump off the mouse wheel, escape the cage, run for the hills and live life off-leash!
Inspired by the astonishing adventures of Muriel Wylie Blanchet, who left widowed in 1927, packed her five kids and the dog into a 25 ft wooden boat and cruised the BC Coast, we were magically drawn into the breathtaking beauty of Egmont, Jervis Inlet and specifically Nelson Island. Sure enough, our dream property was right there waiting for us. As one of our guests described it, Serendipity found.
After many years of saving, planning, observing, learning, repeat, Out There began to take shape in the summer of 2012. Our dream was to create a rustic but luxurious off-grid oasis designed to take advantage of BC's temperate rain forest by harvesting rainwater, solar and wind power. Our main goal was to "fit in" and leave minimal impact on the surrounding environment
Meeting our curious neighbours up close and personal has been one of the most memorable aspects of building Out There. Eagles, seals, sea lions, and chip monks are all regular visitors and the shoreline is teaming with sea-life. We have even been lucky enough to glimpse orca, grey whales and dolphin pods.
It's all about making memories. Here’s a few of our favourites from building our dream. We hope Out There provides an inspirational back-drop for your own wilderness adventures.
Building Out There
Water, water, everywhere…well, not quite.
When you shower or turn on a tap Out There, its easy to take it for granted that water comes out! But water we have, actually we think the best water we’ve ever tasted! Our combination water system comes from our solar powered, gravity fed water well up in the forest on Nelson Island, and rain water collection. All our water is at a natural temperature, fresh, filtered and drinkable and completely tasteless. Our grey water is a simple branched drain system, that feeds out through a series of pipes and filter beds, into the surrounding forest. Our whole water system is limited, sensitive and precious. There are absolutely no chemicals, metals, or other additives in any part of our system. We ask all of our guests to use water conservatively, to keep it chemical free, and to use only the bio-degradable toiletries, toothpaste and home-made soap that we provide. A couple of our favourite water resources are:
District of Nanaimo Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices
Create an Oasis with Rainwater
In the main Yurt, all our bathrooms are serviced by sun mar 1-pint composting toilets. This solution was considerably less expensive than a traditional sewage system, and combined with the fact that water is one of our most precious and valuable resources, cost effective, eco-friendly composting was the way to go for us. An average house flushes around 70 gallons of water a day down the “loo”, and we simply can not afford to waste that amount of water. All waste collected composts down to about 3% of the original amount, then is moved to a larger composting bin where is continues to breakdown over a year or more, after which our “black gold” feeds our organic kitchen gardens with . We also have basic “water-less” composting toilets around the island. Our go to bibles for composting toilets are:
The Humanure Handbook
How to Shyte On Lasqueti
BC Government Composting Toilet Manual
The power of the wind and sun
With the help of the crew from Weber McCall, our solar power system was one of the first things we connected. All of our tools were powered by solar for the whole build. Our system started with 4 125W solar panels, 8 golf cart batteries, an inverter and charge controller. We have since added 2 more panels, and a whisper 100 wind turbine. The combination works great in our area, and although we don’t get as much power from the wind mill, there’s something very cool about generating power in the middle of the night or during a raging west coast storm, when the power frequently goes out in the rest of the community! Our off grid system provides enough power for all our led lighting, electronics and refrigeration.
Leave no trace
We have no garbage collection on Nelson Island. Everything that comes here arrives by boat, is carried, or barged. We do have minimal recycling, which we donate to the Egmont Community Hall, and we try to do everything we can to minimise the amount of garbage we have to carry out. We compost all our kitchen scraps and our ultimate goal is to get as close as possible to a zero waste and plastic free island. We ask guests to be sure they travel light (suitcases with wheels do not work), that they can carry what they bring and more importantly, carry it out.
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